Brian e. Frosh (Democrat)
Gilbert J. Genn (Democrat)
George Jenkins (Republican)
Nancy K. Kopp (Democrat)
Robert M. McCarthy (Republican)
Nelson M. Rosenbaum (Republican)
Brian E. Frosh (D)
4916 Greenway Dr., Bethesda
Self-employed lawyer; member, House of Delegates, 1986-present; member, Environmental Matters Committee and Tort and Insurance Oversight Committee, and chairman, Subcommittee on Oil Spill Prevention and Containment; member, Governor's Task Force on Acid Rain; author of Maryland Recycling Act, Omnibus Oil Spill Protection Act, Newspaper Recycling Act and Underground Storage Tank Safety Act; named conservationist of the year by Sierra Club; selected by colleagues as one of the "most effective delegates"; native of Montgomery County; graduate of Walter Johnson High School; BA, Wesleyan University; JD, Columbia University; member, National Advisory Council, U.S. Small Business Administration, 1980-81, and Montgomery County Charter Review Commission, 1983-86; married; one child.
A. My efforts to improve education, the environment and public safety and to provide for the homeless, the disabled and the disadvantaged are responsive to the needs of the citizens of District 16 and those of citizens throughout the state. I have been the author of a number of environmental initiatives, including Maryland's Recycling Act and laws designed to protect the Chesapeake Bay from oil spill devastation. I chaired the subcommittee and crafted the law that broke Maryland's 27-year logjam on truck-cover legislation. I co-sponsored Maryland's gun law on Saturday night specials. I have worked for reform of and funding for Maryland's education systems to make our schools more accountable and help them to educate the work force for the next century. I have sought state help for needy individuals who are falling through the federal "safety net." I fought against government intrusion into the right of women to make reproductive choices for themselves.
Gilbert J. Genn (D)
5807 Linden Square Ct., North Bethesda
Laywer and partner, Brown, Genn & Genn; member, House of Delegates, 1986; member, House Judiciary Committee, Select Drug and Alcohol Committees; vice chairman, County Delegation Transportation Committee; authored 'Saturday Night Special,' environmental, consumer, criminal, family and first-in-nation DNA evidence and junk Fax laws; awards: Maryland Municipal League, 1990, AARP Gray Panthers, 1989, Friendship Heights Community Service, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Democratic Club Legislator of the Year, 1988; former legislative aide, U.S. Senator Birch Bayh; member, County Juvenile Court Committee; magna cum laude graduate, Duke University; graduate, University of Maryland law school, Dean's Award; married, two children enrolled in Jewish Community Center pre-school.
A. I would zealously continue to advocate the pro-choice position against governmental intrusions into reproductive freedoms. Enacting Roe v. Wade into state law is now essential. Mandating fairness in taxation, including swift adjustments/credits for declining markets during triennial assessments, and for homeowners, especially seniors, not intending to sell. Current state income tax unfairly taxes millionaires at the same rate as $25,000 incomes! I'd protect teacher pensions and oppose state takeover of county piggy-back taxes; pursue educational excellence through smaller public school class sizes before lengthening school year; emphasize gifted, developmentally disabled programs; require reading and computer literacy, preventive drug abuse, AIDS education programs; increase environmental penalties against toxic waste, Chesapeake oil spills; mandate reforestation after development; expand newspaper, plastics and bottle recycling; capture ozone-damaging gasoline vapors; reduce pesticide dependency.
George Jenkins (R)
8046 Park Overlook Dr., Bethesda
Retired major, U.S. Army; former civil servant who has lived in Bethesda for 16 years; former D.C. government contracts executive in management and supply, 12 years; BA, 1967, MA, 1968, PhD, 1975, Howard University; teacher and professor of political science, 16 years; four battle stars for service in Korea; twice awarded Army Commendation medal; received Distinguished Public Service Award from D.C. government; member, Republican Central Committee, reelected Sept. 11, 1990; lives with wife Harriett in Carderock Springs section of Bethesda.
A. Taxes: As the county with the highest per capita income in the state, we also have the highest per capita tax burden. We cannot object to bearing our fair portion of taxes, but we also expect to receive a fair return from Annapolis. I would lead an effort for that equitable return. Growth and development: Adequate growth controls with authority exercised to the maximum extent possible by local government where community concerns are considered. We must ensure a proper balance of support services for quality education, transportation, the environment and our senior citizens. Abortion: Not a political question. A personal matter that must be decided by the woman in consultation with her mate, appropriate legal guardian, religious leader and proper medical authority. The individual should be responsible for costs involved. The state must protect the rights of the individual.
Nancy K. Kopp (D)
6301 Dahlonega Rd., Bethesda
Member, House of Delegates, 1974-present, and housewife and mother; assistant majority leader; vice chairman, Montgomery County Delegation; chairman, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Human Resources; selected one of 10 Most Effective Delegates; recent legislative achievements: Maryland Higher Education Reform, Student Loan Act, day care and programs for the handicapped and elderly, energy, conservation and property tax reform; recent awards: Common Cause award for outstanding service, Chesapeake Bay Foundation citation, selected by Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women; BA, Wellesley College; MA, University of Chicago; honorary doctorate, Hood College; married, two children.
A. I believe the issues for which I have successfully fought effectively address needs of both my district and the entire state. These issues include improved standards and resources for education (including the University of Maryland), energy conservation, property tax reforms, improved services for the disabled and elderly and protection of freedom of choice and other civil liberties. As Montgomery delegation vice chairman, I worked with legislators from across Maryland and convinced them that our needs -- school construction, the drug-treatment facility, support for county jail and corrections programs, etc. -- are of concern to the entire state. As assistant majority leader, I have helped build coalitions with other jurisdictions to defeat proposals -- e.g., redistribution of local revenue from our local piggy-back income tax to the entire state, or cessation of state support for county teachers' retirement funding -- which would unfairly affect our county and county taxpayers.
Robert M. McCarthy (R)
4509 Fairfield Dr., Bethesda
Lawyer, founder of law offices of Robert M. McCarthy; husband, father of two children, homeowner and small-business owner in Bethesda; lifetime resident of Montgomery County; handled more than 1,000 legal cases involving abused and neglected children in Montgomery County during the last 10 years; recognized in Maryland State Senate resolution SR1165 and Governor's Citation dated November 1989 for work with children; chairman of the board of directors, Boys' and Girls' Homes of Maryland, 1986-87; president, White Oak Rotary Club, 1986-87; award, Paul Harris Fellow, February 1990; board of directors, Christmas in April of Montgomery County, 1990; licensed private pilot; certified scuba diver.
A. I wouldn't! Your question assumes that the statewide interests and the specific needs of District 16 are now balanced. They aren't. Montgomery County has been ravaged by statewide developer interests and the incumbent machine in Annapolis. Gov. Shaefer has demonstrated abject contempt for the needs of the citizens of Montgomery County. In 1988, Montgomery County got back 40 cents on each tax dollar. In 1989, it dropped to 32 cents. Prince George's County and Howard County get back 90 cents on the dollar and Baltimore City gets back a whopping $1.80. The citizens are tired of incumbents who do not pay attention to the business at hand but instead seek headlines by taking up fashionable, trendy, but only marginally relevant issues that are a relative low priority compared to the other needs of the district.
Nelson M. Rosenbaum (R)
5310 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda
President, Capitol Research Group Inc.; chairman, Citizen's Housing Advisory Committee of Montgomery County; president, Bradley Hills Civic Association; founding board member, Montgomery Housing Partnership; chairman, Republican Finance Council of Montgomery County; former senior research associate, The Urban Institute; author of books and articles on land use and housing; educated at Princeton and Harvard universities; married, two children in Montgomery County public schools.
A. The key issue in this election is the distribution of state aid funds to the counties and Baltimore City. Montgomery County has consistently been short-changed by the state in both the automatic funding formulas and discretionary grants. According to the Department of Fiscal Services, Montgomery County received back in direct grants and "payments in behalf" only 53 cents for each dollar of taxes it paid into funds distributed to the local jurisdictions in 1988. This is down from 60 cents in 1980. Baltimore City, on the other hand, increased from $1.32 in 1980 to $1.59 in 1988. Montgomery County needs to pay its fair share of state operations. There is also a compelling case for some redistribution of funds through the state aid process. However, I strongly believe that the limits of fairness have long since been breached. Montgomery County's Democratic delegation is either asleep at the wheel or intimidated by the Schaefer machine.