Term: 4 years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Joel Chasnoff (Democrat)
Patricia Anne Faulkner (Republican)
Joel Chasnoff (D)
17510 Sir Galahad Way, Ashton
Lawyer in private practice; member of House of Delegates since 1975, chairman, Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee, member Policy and Judiciary committees, and former chairman, Ethics Committee; received 1990 Legislator of the Year award from Maryland State's Attorneys' Association; former board chairman, Montgomery General Hospital; board member and former chairman, Montgomery General Health Services Inc.; executive committee member and former chairman of transportation committee, Southern Legislative Conference; former president, Tamarack Triangle Civic Association and William Tyler Page PTA; served in Army, 1958-61; married; three children; graduate, Georgetown University Law Center.
A. The state and local subdivisions should work together to assure proper coordinated planning, growth and land use, to include such areas as mass transit, highway construction, economic development, environmental protection and education. The county should have a primary role, subject to statewide and regional plans, in implementing the best land-use programs to preserve and protect our natural resources. Cooperation and coordination with other jurisdictions is important to ensure our county's fair share of state funds. All counties must work together to keep Maryland's economy strong and tax rates low to enable Maryland to continue to be the best state in which to do business. We have to maximize our services on a cost-effective basis to the handicapped, elderly, disadvantaged and those otherwise in need of assistance. The statewide and county drug programs should be further enhanced to continue to deal with one of our major problems.
Patricia Anne Faulkner (R)
2805 Nalls Lane, Silver Spring
Insurance agent, Prudential; bachelor's degree in history, Dumbarton College; graduate work in education, University of Maryland; teacher in Maryland schools for 18 years; consultant to U.S. Department of Education; District 14 delegate, Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, 1982-86; president, Columbia Road Citizens Association, 1986-present; executive board member, Montgomery County Civic Federation, 1987-present; chairwoman, Maryland Young Republicans, 1983-85; listed in Who's Who in American Politics; founding member, Route 29 Consortium and Triad Civic Council; charter member, Burtonsville Kiwanis; columnist for Montgomery Journal.
A. Balance and moderation are two of the most important principles for guiding us through the problems of the 1990s. The primary role of a district representative is to be the voice of the people in Annapolis. To do this, you must truly know what is thought and what is wanted by your district, not just outspoken special-interest groups. A representative can only do this by listening carefully and attentively to constituent concerns, having an open-door policy in the district office and doing effective polling. After thorough study and evaluation, the legislator must fully represent that view in the state legislature. When conflict arises between the interests of the district and the interests of the state as a whole, one must consider what is best for the common good. If something is going to hurt the state as a whole, eventually it will hurt your district as well.