Rosa Lee Blumenthal (Democrat)
Christine Miller Jones (Democrat)
Claude W. Roxborough (Republican)
David M. Valderrama (Democrat)
Rosa Lee Blumenthal (D)
519 Barrymore Dr., Oxon Hill
Member, Maryland House of Delegates, serving on the Judiciary and the Bi-County committees; has sponsored and helped enact 48 bills, on issues including victims' rights, paternity proceedings, grandparents' visitation rights, rehabilitation and treatment of chronic juvenile offenders, state aid for police protection, protection for asbestos victims, grant funds for family day-care providers and minority business participation.
A: My district is an almost perfect cross-section of people of our state. We have an almost equal racial balance and significant representation of all ethnic groups. We are economically a middle-income community, with some high middle-income people and a significant number living at the poverty level. Our largest employer is the federal government, and we still have some working farms. We also have a large number of retirees and seniors. For all of those reasons, it can be said that what's good for the people of our state is good for my district, and conversely, what's bad for the state is bad for my district.
Christine Miller Jones (D)
3518 Everest Dr., Hillcrest Heights
Member, Maryland General Assembly; public school teacher, Prince George's County Board of Education; appointed to the House of Delegates, 1981, elected, 1982; vice chairman, Prince George's House Delegation; member, Economic Matters, County Affairs and Protocol Committees; chairman, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus; member, National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Children, Youth and Families; member, Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1980, 1984; member, Credentials Committee, 1988.
A: The major needs of my district are to keep down taxes and the cost of living and at the same time create more jobs; improve education and transportation; and to increase and improve services to the needy and to special populations including senior citizens, youth and the handicapped and disadvantaged. The major statewide interest is to maintain an economically viable economy in the face of declining income, rising costs and increased need and demand for services. As a legislator, I will support efforts to strengthen the economy to create more jobs and to meet the demand for services and encourage innovation to make the state more effective and efficient in its delivery of services. In addition, I will encourage initiatives to meet the critical need of my community within available resources and in order of priorities determined in conjunction with my constituents.
Claude W. Roxborough (R)
4101 Holly Tree Rd., Temple Hills
Lawyer, Roxborough & Tillerson, Chartered; president, Gordon's Corner Citizens Association; vice president, Lower Georgia Avenue Business and Professional Association, small business advisory board; president, Freedman's Towne Corp.; treasurer, Southern Prince George's County Republican Club, 1987-89; master, Mason Prince Hall Lodge Meridian 6; Knights of Columbus; 1st lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserves (ADT, 1972); Maryland State Bar; D.C. Bar; National Bar Association; St. John's College High School, 1965; Rutgers College, 1969; Howard Law School, 1972.
A: Transportation, crime prevention, economic development and the environment are the essential interests of my community and the state. The 26th legislative district is bounded by a greater city, Washington, D.C., and a beautiful river, the Potomac. Its development, however, is in question. The internal forces of race, economics and perception are adversely affecting its economy and moving the community toward decline. Port America seems stalled and transportation systems and crime prevention falter between worst and bad. Yet, the state will gladly tax for glitzy projects such as two stadiums without an overall perspective of diverse community needs such as the 26th. A great state is one constituted with fully developed communities capable of integrating all of the people's concerns. The 26th has been abandoned and ignored in the state perspective and this must change.
David M. Valderrama (D)
9708 Potomac Dr., Fort Washington
Judge, Prince George's County Orphans' Court, 1985-July, 1990; Maryland representative, National College of Probate Judges; liaison judge, Maryland General Assembly; vice chairman, Democratic Party of Prince George's County, 1982-85; master's degree, comparative law, George Washington University; former senior legal specialist, Library of Congress; director, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Prince George's chapter, Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Minority Advisory Board, PortAmerica, Ardmore Developmental Center for the Handicapped of Prince George's County, received "Honored American Award" from Americans by Choice.
A: What I would like to do is a complete reconciliation of statewide interests with those of my constituency. However, to the extent that this is not possible, I would uphold the specific needs of my constituents as being paramount, unless there are strong public policy arguments that dictate otherwise. I hold myself accountable to the people who elected me. This matter of accountability is true with every elected official. I do feel, however, that in working for my constituents, I am making the whole state as strong as its component parts. I would exert every effort to promote the economic growth of my district. A healthy economy means a politically equal, strong, as well as a culturally and socially upbeat constituency. If I could achieve this, I feel I shall have contributed greatly to balancing local and statewide interests.