Term: 4 Years

Salary: $5,000

(3 seats)

Charles M Coles Jr. (Republican)

Rosemary M. Ford (Democrat)

Ronald L. Ledford (Republican)

C. Howard Strahler Jr. (Democrat)

Frank S. Turner (Democrat)

Catherine Walters (Republican)

Charles M. Coles Jr. (R)

1585 Route 32, Sykesville

Age: 32

Small businessman; appraiser, Howard County Orphans' Court, Howard and Montgomery counties' Register of Wills; second vice president, Maryland Farm Bureau; member, Advisory Board Institute of Applied Agriculture, a subcommittee of the Board of Regents, University of Maryland; member, Nationwide Sponsorship Committee, a subcommittee of Nationwide Insurance Board of Directors; second vice president, Shipleys of Maryland, a geneaology organization; past president, Howard County Young Farmers; past president, Maryland Young Farmers.

Rosemary M. Ford (D)

5839 Augustine Ave., Elkridge

Age: 65

Incumbent

Judge of Orphans' Court, appointed by Gov. Harry Hughes in 1984 and elected in 1986; member, Maryland Association of Judges of Orphans' Courts; completed three annual seminars of the National College of Probate Judges; librarian, Elkridge Heritage Society; member, Howard County Historical Society and Elkridge Community Association; past vice chairwoman, Howard County Democratic Central Committee; married; three children and seven grandchildren.

Ronald L. Ledford (R)

5645 Thunder Hill Rd., Columbia

Age: 52

Manager, Bell Atlantic; member, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 1985-90; board of directors, Oakland Mills Village, 1989-90; vice president, Howard County Republican Party, 1986-88; served in U.S. Army, 1957-60; MS, Information Science, Georgia Tech; director, Friends of the Howard County Library; Oakland Mills High School council representative to Howard County PTA; former leader, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; married; three children, two grandchildren.

C. Howard Strahler Jr. (D)

8817 Autumn Hill Ct., Ellicott City

Age: 50

President, Wirth-Strahler and Son Inc., a printing business; past president, Ellicott City Democratic Club, 1990; chairman, voter registration, Howard County Central Committee, 1988-90; board member, Variety Club of Maryland Tent 19; member, 1st and 5th District Democratic Clubs and the Columbia Democratic Club, Propeller Club of U.S.-Port of Baltimore, VFW Post 7472, American Legion; served in U.S. Navy, 1958-62; married; two children; member, First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Frank S. Turner (D)

6284 Lightpoint Place, Columbia

Age: 43

Incumbent

Associate judge, Howard County Orphans' Court, 1990; professor of business law and real estate at Morgan State University, 1974-present; special assistant to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, 1987-90; chairman, Department of Business Administration, Morgan State University, 1980-85; JD, North Carolina Central University School of Law, also attended University of North Carolina School of Law; BA, North Carolina Central University.

Catherine Walters (R)

6052 Tree Swallow Ct., Columbia

Age: 35

Homemaker; member, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 1986-present; grassroots involvement: voter registration, campaign volunteer, fund-raising; former sales office manager for regional hotel firm; former small business owner/operator; area coordinator, Concerned Women for America; member, Atholton High School PTA; resident of Howard County for eight years; married; one daughter.