Term: 4 years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Anne Healey (Democrat)
Gerard F. Kiernan (Republican)
Richard A. Palumbo (Democrat)
Paul G. Pinsky (Democrat)
Bruce Gordon Pope (Republican)
Mary E. Rand (Republican)
Anne Healey (D)
3920 Madison St., Hyattsville
Self-employed writer and editor; member, Hyattsville City Council, 1987-present; editor, Prince George's Post-Sentinel, 1985-1988; editor, Prince George's Post, 1988-89; independent writer, editor and consultant since January 1989; board member, Washington Independent Writers, July 1989-present; editor, the Catholic Review, Baltimore, 1984-1985; reporter and feature editor, Catholic Standard, Washington, 1974-84; MA, Catholic University of America, 1974; BA, Marywood College, 1972; teaching assistant, Marymount College of Virginia, 1973-74; married; two children.
A: Maryland is certainly a very diverse state -- economically, geographically and demographically. Nevertheless, the General Assembly must make laws and allocate resources for the benefit of all Maryland residents. As delegate I would make it my business to ensure that the people of the 22nd legislative district, Prince George's County and the Washington suburbs receive their fair share of state resources -- particularly regarding our many senior citizens, law enforcement efforts, public education improvements, traffic control and public transportation. At the same time, I would look for ways to improve the social, economic and environmental vitality of the entire state -- from the Chesapeake Bay to the mountains of western Maryland to the great population centers at both ends of the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
Gerard F. Kiernan (R)
5309 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale
Engineering manager, Unisys Corp., Goddard Space Flight Center, 1970-present; resident of Riverdale since 1970; registered professional engineer in Maryland; past commander, Prince George's Power Squadron, unit of U.S. Power Squadrons, a national safe boating organization, 1983-85 and 1988-89; BS, physics, MS, electrical engineering, Catholic University; vice chairman, CU annual fund committee, 1989-present; native of Brooklyn, New York.
A: There are many instances when statewide and local interests will be identical or an issue has a neutral local impact. This is a problem only when the statewide interest conflicts with local needs. The question is, on a case-by-case basis, what is the greatest good? If the voters choose me to represent them, they are trusting my judgment to make the best decision. Since the 22nd District is blessed with several municipalities, there are local governments that can be consulted to help form my decisions. This would help me keep in touch with local views.
Richard A. Palumbo (D)
3419 Standford St., Hyattsville
Lawyer, private practice; delegate, 1979-82, 1983-present; senator, 1982-83; assistant state's attorney, 1969-74; citizen member, Tax Assessment Appeals Board, 1974-78; former president, University Hills Civic Association; Municipal League, Legislator of the Year, 1981, 1988; BA, University of Maryland; JD, University of Baltimore School of Law; member, Terrapin Club, M Club.
A: The legislator's duty is to communicate the constituents' needs and secure appropriate state action. The issue is fairness. State action and funding should be provided equitably, whether it is the location of government facilities, the provision of state services or the enactment of laws. My duty is to ensure that my constituents receive that fundamental fairness. At the same time, the problems of other Maryland residents cannot be isolated. Problems left unsolved in other parts of the state will surely affect my constituents. Legislators who adopt a narrow, parochial approach to the state's problems do not serve their constituents well. If we ignore the economic and crime problems of other areas, certainly those problems will creep into our own communities. A balance, based on fairness and foresight, is the key to successful representation.
Paul G. Pinsky (D)
6205 Inwood St., Cheverly
Educator, Prince George's County Public Schools; elected, House of Delegates, 1986; member, Environmental Matters Committee; teacher, Prince George's County Schools; president, Prince George's County Educators' Association, 1983-87; board of directors, Maryland Citizen Action Coalition; former board member, Washington Area Labor Committee on Central America and the Caribbean; recipient, "Outstanding Contribution to Youth," Prince George's County Council of PTAs; vice-chairman, County Affairs Committee, Prince George's Delegation, Maryland General Assembly; married; one child.
A: The interests and needs of the people of the 22nd District are not so different from most citizens throughout Maryland. My constituents, as well as people across the state, want decent health care, quality education, affordable housing, a clean environment and a quality of life that is not disrupted by the increased costs for auto insurance, health care and the like. The only variance in statewide interest is between the overwhelming majority of the state's population and the numerically small sector that is putting unnecessary profits and self-interest ahead of citizens' needs. While some parochialism exists from region to region and interest group to interest group, there is a clear commonality among citizens. Security of employment and safe neighborhoods as well as decent housing, quality education and a safe, liveable environment are what people desire. Overcoming the obstacles to achieve these needs is the real question to be addressed.
Bruce Gordon Pope (R)
6412 86th Ave., New Carrollton
Concierge, Concierge Services of America; member, Prince George's Central Committee, 1989-present; vice president, Prince George's Republican Men's Club; election judge, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988; participant, Big Brothers of America, 1985-present; member, American Freedom Coalition; active in dinner and community theater; Republican National Committee floor volunteer, Republican National Convention, 1988; former international banker; BA, public communications, Wheeling Jesuit College, West Virginia; Maryland resident since 1964; single; homeowner.
A: Prince George's County needs a balanced two-party representative government. Taxes: No new taxes. Maryland is already a tax hell. Decrease state bureaucracy. Crime: Hard time, no parole, boot camps are a good idea. Education: Merit pay for teachers, emphasis on family participation, encourage uniforms. Environment: Create a cohesive mandatory recycling plan, build more recycling sites. Housing: Provide low-cost housing in exchange for education training and state services. Transportation: Support outer Capital Beltway.
Mary E. Rand (R)
5504 59th Ave., Riverdale
Co-owner, Edington-Rand Inc., desktop publishing company; freelance journalist; public relations consultant; officer, Templeton Knolls Civic Association; Republican precinct chairman; member, Prince George's County Federation of Civic Associations; former managing editor of a monthly tabloid, meeting planner and executive director of 40-agency food distribution network in Denver; BS, government and political science, University of Maryland; married; two children.
A: In general, I would like to see more cooperation between state and local officials and sincere efforts to involve constituents in the policy-making process. It is unfortunate that currently our municipalities are placed at odds with the state as they are forced to compete for tax dollars. Few people are happy and the constituents are left with the bill. There may be occasions when the desires of constituents conflict with statewide interests, in which case those in responsible leadership positions must make tough decisions. However, government services should ideally be decided from the bottom up, by constituents involved beyond just electing officials to run the government.