Term: 4 years

Salary: $27,000

QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents? DISTRICT 29A (1 seat) Edward B. Finch (R) 4013 Band Shell Ct., Chesapeake Beach Age: 66

Retired, 1990; special master, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, 1989-90; chief administrative law judge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1983-87; judge, 1975-83; director, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1972-75; director, Federal Trade Commission, 1956-72; Catholic University School of Law, 1950-54; member, District of Columbia Bar Association; United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court; decorated, U.S. Navy, World War II, 1943-46; Knights of Columbus; Elks; American Legion; Sons of the American Revolution; married; 10 children; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

A. District 29-A, which I {would} represent, consists of one-half of Calvert County and a portion of Anne Arundel County. The needs are identical. The issues are taxes, environment, education, programs for drugs, homeless, hunger, senior citizens, mental health, police, fire and rescue, and control of political action committee influence. An issue in Calvert County is brought about by our commission form of government. In order for a change to occur such as 1) election of the president of the board of commissioners; 2) election of a school board, the state delegation must introduce legislation in the General Assembly. They refuse to do so. Unless and until this is done, this type of control will remain in the hands of this same delegation, as has been the case for over 15 years. William D. Johnston III (I) 3458 Holland Cliffs Rd., Huntingtown Age: 53

Self-employed patent lawyer for high-tech electronics inventions, solo practice; 15 years pro-bono representation of organizations involving professional watermen's and environmental groups in battles over the discharge of nitrogen from sewage treatment plants into the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay; won settlements in reducing the discharge of nitrogen at Chesapeake Beach, and stopping the discharge to Parkers Creek in Prince Frederick; District of Columbia and Maryland bars; PhD, physics, University of Maryland; JD, American University Law School; member, Sigma Xi science honorary society; environmental awards from Sierra Club and Maryland Wildlife Federation; wife, Christina Chan Johnston is campaign treasurer; son attends public high school.

A. On a case-by-case basis. Many specific needs of my constituents are the same as statewide interests, for example, the need to maintain a healthy environment, to instill a social ethic for halting population growth, to educate our existing population to compete in today's markets and to participate intelligently to solve the mind-boggling problems we face here and abroad. Conservative state and county fiscal policies are important for all at this time with the federal budget and deficit out of control, and with recession possible. The demands on government increase with population even as debt service reduces the services that can be provided per tax dollar. I firmly believe in a woman's right to control her own reproductive choices, without interference by government and without regard to financial status. Sex education is needed in school as well as at home, to provide accurate information to make ethical and safe choices. George W. Owings III (D) Box 3, Route 778, Owings Age: 45 Incumbent

Mortgage banker-manager, Margaretten and Co. Inc., Owings Branch; appointed delegate by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, 1988; elected to Democratic State Central Committee, 1986; graduate, Calvert County public schools, Prince George's Community College; attended University of Maryland; served, Marine Corps, three tours in Vietnam; awarded Navy-Marine Corps medal for heroism; member, VFW Post 7950; board of directors, United Way of Calvert County; board of directors, BLESS Inc.; Calvert County Democratic Club.

A. Constituent interests are part and parcel of statewide interests. That is to say that the interest in and concern over safe roads, education, reducing crime, the spending of taxpayer dollars, abortion and taxes are both statewide and locally oriented. When consideration is given to any legislation, I always look at it from a "local impact perspective." In other words, how will it affect my area of representation directly. An example of this certainly would be bills affecting the farmer and waterman. In that vein, one must surely give due consideration when voting. Individual constituent interests, such as a road problem, a drainage concern, the placement of a sign and so on are handled on a case by case basis.