Term: 4 years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Roger D. Chamberlain (Republican)
Mary A. Conroy (Democrat)
Joan Breslin Pitkin (Democrat)
Charles J. Ryan (Democrat)
Robert S. Sanders (Republican)
James William Thompson (Republican)
Roger D. Chamberlain (R)
2918 Tapered Lane, Bowie
Operations manager, Federal Express Corp., Landover, 1986-90, employee since 1976; president, Prince George's County Young Republican Club, 1989-90, member since 1987; board of directors, Maryland Federation of Young Republicans, 1989-90; member, Men's Republican Club of Prince George's County; volunteer, Reagan-Bush 1984; volunteer, Bush-Quayle 1988; member, Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council; member, St. Pius X Catholic Church; member, Bowie High School Reunion Committee, Bowie High School Class of 1974; attended Prince George's Community College 1976-78; married; three children.
A: I would be involved in my district to the extent of truly being in touch with the needs and concerns of my constituents. Taxes, housing, over-development, crime, drugs and education are issues that concern all of us. As a member of the state legislature I would act as liaison between my constituents and the state to address both sides of the issues and seek alternatives to plans that could have a negative impact on our district.
Mary A. Conroy (D)
13214 Ovalstone Lane, Bowie
Delegate; member, Maryland state Senate, 1982-83; commissioner, Prince George's County Liquor Board, 1984-86; member, House Ways and Means Committee, 1986-present; board member, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Prince George's County; member, Korean War Memorial Commission; past president, Bowie-Crofton Chapter, American Association of Retired Persons; past state commander and past state adjutant, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary; charter member, Bowie Woman's Club; member, Bowie-Crofton Business and Professional Women's Club, Greenbelt Democratic Club, Bowie Democratic Club; founding member, Bowie Citizens Association; chairman, subcommittee on affirmative action for women, Democratic National Convention, 1984.
A: The 23rd Legislative District represents a constituent cross-section of Maryland. Therefore, the issues that affect the citizens in this district will most certainly affect citizens from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore, from the richest county to the poorest one. I have dedicated my political life to ensure that the concerns of my constituents -- reduced crime, better education, lower-cost health care, senior citizen wants, better services for the handicapped, affordable housing and a cleaner and healthier environment -- are addressed to the satisfaction of all Maryland citizens. I will represent the citizens of my district in those concerns and still be able to represent all of the citizens of Maryland. Each and every concern will be addressed with a view of how other parts of Maryland will be affected.
Joan Breslin Pitkin (D)
12005 Longridge Lane, Bowie
Member, House of Delegates, 1979-present, second vice chairman, Prince George's delegation, member, Environmental Matters Committee and Special Legislative Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse; member, National Council of State Legislators; member, Food and Drug Administration advisory committee; 100 percent environmental rating, Maryland League of Conservation Voters; Legislative Excellence Award, American Cancer Society, 1990; award nomination, American Lung Association, 1990; member, governor's councils on toxic substances and recycling; former director, Bowie Health Center; charter member, Bowie Civic Association; first chairman of Prince George's Children's Commission; member, Business and Professional Women's Club and Soroptomist International; mother of four; grandmother of four.
A: Many of the concerns of my constituents reflect the needs of all Marylanders. Drugs, crime, environment, education, development and transportation are issues that cross county lines. Local governments have also come to depend more and more upon the state for financial assistance. As a vice chairman of the Prince George's delegation, I have fought successfully to have many of my district's funding requests granted. Furthermore, numerous functions once principally the responsibility of local governments have been transferred to the state. My constituents are concerned about the growing drug problem. I authored successful statewide legislation to establish drug-free school zones, increase penalties for drug kingpins, and prohibit money laundering of profits for drug sales. There is an outcry from my constituents about the devastation of our local woodlands. My sponsorship of tree preservation and reforestation legislation was an effort to solve this local problem while developing statewide standards.
Charles J. Ryan (D)
3007 Bendix Lane, Bowie
Instructor, political science, Prince George's Community College; chairman, House Appropriations Committee, 1987-present; chairman, Prince George's delegation, 1982-86; member, Legislative Policy Committee, 1987-present; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Economic Development Strategy, 1988-present; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Medical Assistance, 1988-present; member, Spending Affordability and Capital Debt Affordability committees, 1987-present; member, Prince George's Democratic Committee, 1970-78; graduate, Georgetown University, 1958; MA, University of Maryland; married; two children and a grandchild; 28-year resident of Bowie; attends Sacred Heart Church; member, Knights of Columbus.
A: Balancing state interests with those of the individual constituency is best achieved by maintaining a solid fiscal structure and by supporting budgetary decisions that promote the welfare of the entire state. To this end, I support, and will continue to support, the legislative proposals for spending affordability and capital debt affordability, which promotes fiscal integrity. I endorse the continuation of formula-based funding for education, police aid, and other formula-driven state programs that take cognizance of variations in wealth in the state's subdivisions. I also will support a more progressive tax system in the state of Maryland and the state assumption of some functions of government currently funded by local government. I will carefully review the proposals of the Linowes Commission and support those recommendations that are economically most beneficial to the state. I support increased funding for Metro and other public transportation proposals, such as light rail.
Robert S. Sanders (R)
12502 Sir Walter Dr., Glenn Dale
Manager, two small businesses at home; worked for National Security Agency, 1957-86, as division chief and special representative to: undersecretary of defense for policy, assistant secretary of defense for command control communications and intelligence, 1984-86, joint chiefs of staff, 1980-82, and commander-in-chief Pacific, 1975-78; enlisted and commissioned officer, U.S. Army, 1952-57, Korean War veteran; member, Greenbelt American Legion Post 136; former PTA officer, Cub Scout leader, youth football coach; BA, economics, Wilkes University; MBA, American University; married; six sons, two daughters-in-law, one grandchild, another due in November; 23rd legislative district resident for 22 years.
A: The question implies an "either state or constituency" proposition. Statewide issues involve all the people, not part. Specifically, there is a critical need for controlled spending, tax reform, better educational standards, improved educational apportionment to teacher-student support instead of excessive overhead costs, health care, environmental controls, restoration of a robust economy, and improved public safety. My constituency needs all of the above but in different degrees. Ocean City is safe, Prince George's is second to Washington, D.C., in crime! Western Maryland has a few traffic problems, Prince George's has a traffic glut. Waste disposal is a state concern, but Prince George's condition is severe due to population. A delegate must be able to solve those state problems that help all, but be ever mindful of the priorities of the critical needs of those whom he or she represents.
James William Thompson (R)
5924 Westchester Park Dr., College Park
Zoning inspector, Zoning Enforcement Office, Prince George's County, 1985-present; associate of arts degree, Prince George's Community College, 1983; member, National Capital Area Paralegal Association; former volunteer paralegal, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, 1983; former campus patrol officer; former municipal police officer; former police dispatcher; letters of commendation/appreciation: zoning inspector, volunteer paralegal, police officer and police dispatcher; married.
A: The needs of the 23rd District, along with the other districts within Prince George's County, and throughout the state, should be addressed on a priority basis. Needs versus wants. Each district, then county and region should prioritize their needs. Then the state as a whole can take each priority item submitted and come up with a master list for priority needs. After the priority needs are acted on, the state moves down the list, trying to fulfill the needs and wants of the many districts. If the people of, say the 1st District, need something more badly than we do, I hope the people of the 23rd would be big enough to wait their turn. However, I would protest vehemently if any legislator misrepresented a situation which would adversely affect the 23rd District.