Term: 4 years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
William C. Bevan (Democrat)
Robert J. DiPietro (Democrat)
Martin G. Madden (Republican)
John S. Morgan (Republican)
William C. Bevan (D)
8143 Aspenwood Way, Jessup
Member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1982-present, chairman, Howard County delegation; vice chairman, Prince George's County Law Enforcement subcommittee; 100 percent environmental rating for eight years by Maryland League of Conservation Voters; legislative award from Common Cause, 1989; retired school administrator; Maryland House of Delegates, 1982-present; chairman, Howard County Delegation; vice-chairman, Prince George's County Law Enforcement subcommittee; 100 percent environmental rating, eight years, Maryland League of Conservation Voters; legislative award, Common Cause, 1989; former board chairman, Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital Board of Directors; board member, Board of Directors, Corridor Information Center Steering Committee, Greater Laurel Hospice Program.
A: My constituents are very concerned about preserving and protecting the environment. The state has to take the lead in the areas of reforestation, clean water and recycling. We have already begun to set minimal standards and goals in these areas. However, to truly make a difference to future generations, much more needs to be accomplished. The drug problem cuts across all areas of the state, and citizens in this district are concerned about the issue as well as the accompanying crime. Great strides have been made in dealing with drug kingpins, establishing drug-free school zones and creating an awareness of the need for a drug-free workplace. More regional cooperation on the enforcement side and more and better treatment facilities are needed. In my leadership role in the county delegations, I have worked to ensure that the district receives its fair share of state funding for school construction, transportation, expanded prison facilities and preservation of historic sites.
Robert J. DiPietro (D)
609 Laurel Ave., Laurel
Managing partner, Petrie, Dierman & Partners Inc.; appointed delegate for District 13B by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, 1989, and appointed to House Appropriations Committee, 1990; active member, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 1974-present; chairman, Prince George's County BEST Program, 1986; mayor for two terms, Laurel, 1978-86; president, Maryland Municipal League, 1982-83; member for two terms, Laurel City Council, 1974-78; vice chairman of legislative committee, Maryland State Volunteer Firemen's Association, 1988-89; member and past president, Corridor Transportation Corp., 1987-present; board member, Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, 1986; married, with three children; lifelong resident of District 13B.
A: No responsible state official can effectively perform his or her duties without realizing that Maryland is confronted with the fiscal reality of diminishing revenue and pressure for increased expenditures. This does not diminish the need for attention to local concerns relating to the environment, the prevention of crime (coupled with the war on drugs) and management of growth. We could also expect that there will be continued pressure from constituents for services and facilities relating to health, transportation, schools, recreation and the like. Accordingly, to deal with these problems, I will be looking for innovative solutions, such as establishing, where they do not already exist, public/private initiatives to meet transportation needs and providing recreation and health facilities and other public requirements. We will continue to assist local governments by supporting legislation to promote reforestation, recycling and the expansion of Program Open Space.
Martin G. Madden (R)
11524 Crows Nest Rd., Clarksville
Nationwide Insurance agent, 1971-present, Marty Madden Insurance Center; board of directors, Pallotti High School; volunteer tutor and past director, Prince George's Literacy Council; officer, Clarksville Ridge Civic Association; fund-raising chairman, Boy Scouts of America-Patuxent Council, 1987; member, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Sierra Club, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, Elk Ridge Heritage Society; graduate, DeMatha High School; BA, economics, Iona College; married; three children.
A: I will support statewide expenditures, even if they don't directly benefit my local constituents, when they provide essential human services such as education, nutrition and drug rehabilitation programs. I believe my constituents are willing to help with their tax dollars if their funds are spent efficiently and effectively. My job as a state legislator would be to ensure that state programs or any money for local jurisdictions (such as the Baltimore City schools) bring results. I would accomplish this by insisting on strict accountability and reporting requirements along with firm time deadlines for tangible and meaningful progress. Program administrators who meet state performance goals should be rewarded; those who don't should be replaced. I would oppose state funding for nonessential programs. We shouldn't be funding $12 million golf courses in Western Maryland when we have long waiting lists for drug rehabilitation programs. We need wiser, not more, state spending.
John S. Morgan (R)
9070A Stebbing Way, Laurel
Engineer at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory; PhD, MSE in materials science and engineering, Johns Hopkins University; BS in physics, Loyola College; chairman, Citizens Advisory Committee to the Howard County Board of Education, 1989-90; treasurer, Howard County Republican Club, 1989;, winner, Charles Miller Award, 1988; member, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, American Physical Society and Materials Research Society.
A: In Howard and Prince George's counties, we are fighting to control sprawling development and keep a lid on rapidly escalating property tax assessments. I support an ethics bill that would prevent County Council members from voting on zoning decisions benefiting contributors to their campaigns. I also support capping property tax assessment increases at the rate of inflation. These priorities also extend to statewide concerns. We must relieve the solid-waste disposal problem. We must also prevent the Linowes Commission (which reports in December, after the election) from raising sales taxes and taking piggyback tax revenue away from the counties. I would be an independent voice in Annapolis for real reform, of the kind that would protect our environment, bring fiscal responsibility back to the state budget and involve local citizens and community groups in the legislative process