TERM: 4 Years

SALARY: $44,603

QUESTION: What issue inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference?

(1 seat)

Jo Ann T. Bell (Democrat)

James E. House (Republican)

Jo Ann T. Bell (D)

7008 Kipling Parkway, District Heights

Age: 52


Chairman, Prince George's County Council, 1989-89, vice chairman, 1984, past chairwoman, human resources committee; member, county Drug Advisory Council; chairwoman, human resources committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; member, education health steering committee, National Association of Counties; board member, National Conference of Christians and Jews; member, Superintendent's Business and Professional Advisory Council, United Communities Against Poverty and Parks, Recreation Foundation and League of Women Voters Political Caucus; board member, Bishop McNamara High School; active in civic and religious organizations; married to Joe; two children; two grandchildren.

A: I was inspired to run for council by the knowledge that I have the ability to work well with citizens, resulting in a 14-year record of achievements in public service at both the school board and the county council levels. Working together, we have made great strides. The 6th District has major road improvements, additional libraries, more open space, more parkland, two major recreational centers and a number of small community centers, ball fields and improvements to facilities in parks. I have led this council in implementing major legislation dealing with controlled growth, preservation and conservation of our woodlands, protection of our environment and recycling programs. I would continue to support a strong mass transit system and its funding, as well as continued funding for all public safety departments: police, fire, rescue, sheriff, judicial and correctional. I would continue to support the blueprint of this county's war on drugs for treatment and rehabilitation and involvement of the public and private sectors.

James E. House (R)

14011 Old Stage Rd., Bowie

Age: 50

International business consultant and president, The Eckenberge Group; second vice chairman, Maryland State Republican Party; Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Committee, Maryland Department of Transportation; Maryland Minority Business Enterprise Certification Council Advisory Committee; PortAmerica Minority Business Advisory Board; Maryland Minority Contractors Association; Coalition for Black Economic Development; Coalition on Black Affairs; NAACP; Martin Luther King Commission; Frederick Douglass Institute; Republican Hispanic Club; Republican Asian Assembly of Maryland; listed in Who's Who in Black America; BS, mechanical engineering, Howard University.

A: Prince George's County has been experiencing an economic boom for the past 10 years. Nevertheless, the quality of life has considerably deteriorated, due to machine politics. The major issue concerning residents here is the deterioration of the quality of life here and the requirements for immediate remedies. The incumbent County Council member has been part of the machine that has created misdevelopment; massive transportation problems; more African-American youths in jail than in higher education; under- and non-educated youths with high school diplomas; and a pending tax increase, budget-cutting action, although . . . County Council land deals have {cost county taxpayers about} $165 million . . . . Senior citizens are being squeezed. As a council member, I would address these problems; seek and make recommendations; build support and establish goals for achieving remedies. I would be held accountable and recommend that all council members be graded on performance and service to their constituencies.