(3 seats) Sabine N. Bosma (D) 765 Ticonderoga Ave., Severna Park Age: 53
Lawyer, private practice; JD, University of Baltimore; provided legal services for battered spouses; former employee, Legal Aid; past president, Board of Omni House; past secretary, Board of Chrysalis House; 20-year resident of Anne Arundel County; four children.
A. The issues facing Anne Arundel County, my back yard, and those facing the state are very much the same, to my mind. The state as a whole needs to balance growth and environmental concerns. Rather than having myriad local regulations, statewide environmental standards need to be implemented. Recycling needs to be addressed on the state level, with practical and financial help to local subdivisions. Statewide educational standards are needed to bring our educational system in line with the demands of a technological society. This is not the time for a parochial perspective. State delegates need to be concerned with providing quality services, roads, rapid transit, education, et al, for all Maryland residents in a time of decreasing federal funding. I cannot think of any issues that the legislature will be facing that are distinctly unique to Anne Arundel County. Bill Burlison (D) 1830 Treeview Ct., Crofton Age: 59
Self-employed lawyer; member, Anne Arundel County State Central Committee, 1990; former head general courts martial trial counsel; former president, Cape Girardeau County, Mo., School Board; former state's attorney, Cape Girardeau County, Mo.; former assistant attorney general, Missouri; U.S. Congressman, 1969-81, appropriations and intelligence committees; four academic degrees, including MS and JD; military degrees include School of Naval Justice and Marine Corps Officers School; vice president, Crofton Kiwanis Club; charter president, Chesapeake Toastmasters Club and District 33 Runners Club; member, Crofton First Baptist Church; Odenton Lodge 209; member, Maryland, D.C. and Missouri Bar Associations.
A. I first proposed the 3 percent real estate assessment cap. Then the craze was the 56-cent reduction by referendum and the freeze. The courts threw out the reduction and the freeze author was defeated. These plans are too drastic anyway. Mine is now in vogue. This will be, in real terms, our first real estate tax reduction. It is the answer to exorbitant and outrageous tax increases foisted upon us by the General Assembly. I will provide the leadership to stop the $2 billion Eastern Bypass. Congress can be persuaded that it is not fair to require the same people that bear the burden of transportation to the Chesapeake and Atlantic to also accept the burden of Beltway congestion reduction. Support the Western Bypass. We must also reduce welfare spending, eliminate education patronage and reduce the House of Delegates by one-third. We can do the first two now, the third soon. Edwin E. Edel (R) 1303 Eva Gude Dr., Crownsville Age: 58
Retired vice president, CSX Corp., Richmond, 1980-88; president, own consulting, marketing, advertising and public relations firm; vice president, Seaboard Coastline Industries Inc., 1979-80; vice president Amtrak, 1971-79; director of public affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Rail Administraton, 1967-71; BS, University of Maryland, 1958; vice president and board of directors, Bayberry Hill Community Association; vice president, Amberley Community Association; board of directors, Richmond Boys Club; corporate representative, Baltimore UGF campaign; married; two sons.
A: Most of the concerns of District 33 are statewide concerns. On the foundation issues -- controlling government growth, reducing government waste and eliminating government arrogance -- voter concern is widespread so the state/district balance is already there. The tax revolt is but one manifestation of the public anger now being uncovered. As for the broad District 33 issues -- controlling growth and development, stopping unwanted highway construction, controlling drugs or the various environmental issues such as waste management -- they also mirror issues in other parts of the state. All of these similarities suggest a lot of room for coordinated state and local review, priority-setting and hopefully, cost-effective solutions that ultimately benefit all state residents. As for strictly District 33 issues, I will vote the majority view and fight like a tiger to get them resolved. John Gary (R) 1 Bojan Ct., Millersville Age: 46 Incumbent
General contractor, Eagle Construction Co.; member, House of Delegates since 1982; member, Appropriations subcommittee on Education and Human Resources; member, House Subcommittee to Reorganize Higher Education; former member, joint House/Senate task force for school construction funding; member, joint House/Senate task force for program "open space" and agricultural preservation; chairman, Anne Arundel County Subcommittee for Capital Projects; married; three children.
A: Reviewing and improving the state budget is of benefit to everyone. Receiving a fair share of the budget for my constituents is part of the balance of power needed to assure that statewide interest and local interest are shared, and are fair. Education funding is a good example. All children should be assured of a quality education regardless of where they live; however, if that means that state money is used to accomplish this goal, then taxpayers of wealthier counties must have some voice in the management of those systems that they are supporting via the state Board of Education or some other type of commission. Everyone gains when we educate the people and prepare them for life. Unprepared people become dependents of government and taxpayers. Marsha G. Perry (D) 1605 Edgerton Place, Crofton Age: 53 Incumbent
Member, House of Delegates, 1986-present, and ice skating/power skating coach, 1960-present; vice chairman, Anne Arundel County delegation; member, Environmental Matters Committee; member, Natural Resources and Environmental Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference; member, Fort Meade Coordinating Council, Anne Arundel County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council and Anne Arundel County Fuel Fund; past president, West County Federation of Community Associations; neighborhood director, planning and zoning director, vice president and Citizen of the Year (1986), Crofton Civic Association; director, Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, Chrysalis House, Martin Pollak Project, Sarah's House, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Bello Machre; member, Kiwanis and League of Women Voters.
A: Statewide interests, as well as my constituents' interests, are best served when we have state programs that help to balance inequities that exist, especially in health care and education. One's place of residence in Maryland should not be a deterrent to equality in government services. As legislators we need to make certain that money is spent by government on those who are most in need of government services. Improved services to children in need and addressing the disparity in education are the best long-term investments we can make in the state. An educated, healthy populace will benefit everyone regardless of where he or she lives or works. Elizabeth S. Smith (R) 3438 Merrimac Rd., Davidsonville Age: 56 Incumbent
State legislator; member, House Ways and Means Committee, 1983-present, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1978-present, and Economic Matters Committee, 1975-82; administrative assistant to Senate minority leader, 1971-74; member, Chesapeake Bay Commission, 1978-83, vice chairman, 1983; board member, Maryland State Chamber of Commerce, 1970-74; president, Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, 1970, honorary life membership for outstanding service, 1968; legislator of the year, Anne Arundel Psychological Association, 1982, and Maryland Marine Trades Association, 1988; Southern Legislative Conference Committee on Federal Preemption and State/Federal Affairs; former member, Anne Arundel Community College Advisory Board.
A: I always remember that I have been sent to the General Assembly to represent the wishes of the majority of my constituents in my district. With this in mind, I will always fight to get the best I can for my district and will consider my votes according to their wishes. However, I am also mindful of the fact that some issues arise that may be good for my district, but very detrimental to the majority of the citizens of the rest of the state. At these times, I use my judgment and try through give-and-take to come to a compromise that can bring a satisfactory conclusion for all concerned. My district will always come first, but I have often found that working with, rather than against, other representatives, can result in more benefits in the long run to the people in my district.