Term: 4 years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Debra DiCamillo (Republican)
Margaret Jahn (Republican)
Timothy F. Maloney (Democrat)
Pauline H. Menes (Democrat)
Charles D. Randall (Republican)
James C. Rosapepe (Democrat)
Debra DiCamillo (R)
11616 Lighthouse Dr., Laurel
Tax consultant; senior tax specialist, Marriott Corp., 1988-90; International Tax Auditor/Manager, IRS, 1984-88; Domestic Tax Auditor, IRS, 1983-84; Who's Who of American Women 1990; member, Association of Government Accountants, 1987-88; American Business Women's Association, 1983-85; member, National Treasury Employees Union, 1983-88, union representative 1986-88; Girl Scouts leader 1974-84; SCUBA Divemaster, 1987-present; BS, business/psychology, Louisiana State University, 1983; member, Republican Party, 1975-present; married; one daughter.
A: I am committed to providing better educational opportunities for all students. In doing this we need to assess the educational system as it exists now and in our hiring practices. A system is needed that would attract and retain good teachers. Taxes are an area in which I am very familiar. Having been in the tax profession, I am qualified to deal with the issue of closing tax loopholes, keeping tax rates at an affordable base, and finding alternate ways of raising revenues. The environment in Prince George's County needs to be protected and I am committed to that objective. Development needs to be watched carefully, as does the practice of Prince George's County taking in other counties' and states' garbage. I am a strong supporter of a healthy two-party political system. I believe that the best way I could serve my constituents is by being a part of returning Maryland and Prince George's County to a true two-party system. This would allow the checks and balances to be in place and for some healthy controversy to enter into the present system.
Margaret Jahn (R)
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Timothy F. Maloney (D)
4401 W. Caroline St., Beltsville
Member, House of Delegates, 1978-present, and partner and lawyer, Camus & Maloney; chairman, subcommittees on capital budget, criminal justice and transportation; trustee, Maryland Historic Trust, Villa Julie College, BWI Airport Development Board, Medevac Helicopter Board; counsel, Riverdale, Prince George's County Sheriff; voted one of top three most effective members of the House of Delegates (WJLA-TV poll); pushed to start state's first bootcamp for drug offenders; sponsored new inmate work programs; supported funding of Prince George's DWI jail; initiated new Moter Vehicle Administration's Saturday service and pushed funding for tough truck inspection program.
A: Prince Georges' County can't do it alone in Annapolis. Fortunately, we have been able to form strong statewide alliances to support programs that are important to us. Together with Montgomery County, we have had strong support for our regional Capital Beltway improvements. We have worked with Baltimore City to improve our mutual education funding needs. This effort has benefited our magnet school program. And we have common interests with all subdivisions in improving our criminal justice system. These regional alliances should continue with the new General Assembly in January.
Pauline H. Menes (D)
3517 Marlbrough Way, College Park
Delegate; chairman, House Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1986-90; member, House of Delegates, 1966-90; house leadership member, 1978-90; State Commission on Aging, 1975-90; State Arts Council, 1968-90; economist, quartermaster general's office, 1945-47; member, Planned Parenthood; Business and Professional Women's Club; League of Women Voters; Women's Political Caucus; Prince George's County Women's Hall of Fame, 1989; member, House Judiciary Committee; national president, Order of Women Legislators, 1979; president and organizer, Maryland Women's Legislative Caucus; Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence Award, 1990.
A: Issues of concern to my constituents are not very different from those considered to be of statewide interest. Where they may conflict, the needs of my community will determine my highest level of support. An area of great interest and need is crime control, especially that tied to use of drugs and alcohol. My constituents support prevention programs, appropriate punishment laws, and sincere attempts at rehabilitation in order to better ensure a person's desire, and his ability to remain drug-free when released. My priorities therefore may be in conflict with statewide plans for expanded prison construction. It is now expected that my constituents' support of continuing access to abortion services will be mirrored by the rest of the state, and therefore no conflict would exist. Each issue will be weighed carefully by me and in each instance, the aforementioned examples will be the guidelines of my decisions.
Charles D. Randall (R)
11114 Queen Anne Ave., Beltsville
President, LLADNAR Inc., a Beltsville medical equipment retail sales company; active Republican Party member at precinct, district and committee levels, active in the fund-raising capacity; past member of Kiwanis and several sales organizations; 30 years' retail sales experience.
A: The six following statements covering topics such as the judicial system, budgetary items and social concerns do not have to be balanced since the benefits incurred by the constituents of my area are also the benefits incurred by all constituents of the state. They include: 1) a clear and effective judicial system; 2) reduce spending and again develop a surplus; 3) tax reform for all, especially fixed-income constituents; 4) equal rights for women on all levels, employment and health care and abortion rights; 5) along with a strong judicial system, enforcement of existing laws -- no more writing of laws that cannot be enforced -- physical work for those now incarcerated; and 6) sellers, users and abusers of drugs need to be subjected to harsh penalties.
James C. Rosapepe (D)
8403 Patuxent Avenue, College Park
Small business owner, Washington Financial Group/Rosapepe and Spanos; state delegate, 1987-present; "most promising" new legislator, WJLA/Journal Newspapers survey, 1989; chairman, Prince George's community anti-drug task force, 1988-present; member, Holy Redeemer Parish, College Park; member, Order Sons of Italy; member Friends of Beltsville Agricultural Research; married to Sheilah A. Kast.
A: Protecting our environment, fighting drug abuse and crime and improving education -- these are top priorities of mine and are statewide interests and needs of my constituents. For example, enhanced funding of the University of Maryland's "flagship" campus at College Park obviously is of local interest. It is also key to statewide economic development and education goals. Likewise, criminals do not respect county lines. Improving law enforcement and anti-drug efforts throughout the state makes us safer in our own communities. Finally, the dangers to our environment dramatize the extent to which local, state and indeed national and international interests are closely linked. An acre of trees cut down for development in Montgomery County or Howard County can mean more traffic on Route 1 or New Hampshire Avenue. And trees cut down anywhere in the state, or the world, can deplete the ozone layer, threatening global warming.