Term: 4 Years

Salary: $90,705

QUESTION: What would you do specifically to deal with the District's budget crisis? List three programs you would cut or streamline and tell how you would raise additional revenue.

Mary E. Cox (I)

388 N St. SW

Age: 49

Lawyer, self-employed; JD, University of San Diego School of Law, 1978; MS, student personnel guidance and counseling, Montclair State College, 1972; political consultant to the D.C. mayor, 1989-90; substitute teacher, Jefferson Junior High School, 1989; Virginia coordinator of Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign; columnist, Capital Spotlight; attorney, Mary E. Cox Legal Clinic, Richmond, 1980-89; instructor in bankruptcy, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 1984-85; former staff attorney, Neighborhood Legal Aid, Richmond placement, Howard University; resident counselor and assistant resident dean, University of California at San Diego, 1974-78; member of six bar associations, Rainbow Coalition, NAACP, Crusade for Voters, TransAfrica, Free South Africa Movement.

A: Our citizens are being asked to choose the jobs and services they would prefer to cut in the present budget crisis. Since this crisis is the result of the post-industrial policy of advanced-sector nations, it would be insane to further gut necessary jobs and services. I would refuse to cut any necessary program and would choose to streamline only the third-largest agency in the District budget: repayment of debt and interest. As mayor of Washington, I would introduce landmark legislation for a debt moritorium to eliminate any further reductions in the living standard of our already beleaguered population. I would use my moral authority to lead my fellow mayors in a movement to halt the policies of war and repression being used to cover up this economic crisis. As the mayor of this country's leading city, I would lead my counterparts throughout the world in overturning the monetary policies of the Reagan and Bush administrations. We could then embark on a courageous policy of rebuilding basic economic infrastructure aimed toward rebuilding our most important resource -- the human mind.