Term: 4 Years

Salary: $27,000

QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?

(1 seat)

Decatur W. Trotter (Democrat) is unopposed

Decatur W. Trotter (D)

1422 Third St., Glenarden

Age: 58


Director of Adult Programs, Bureau of Rehabilitation, a private agency; member, Maryland Senate, 1983-present; judge, Orphans' Court, 1982-83; delegate, Maryland General Assembly, 1975-79; mayor, Glenarden, 1970-74; member, Glenarden Town Council, 1961-68; senate leadership, Rules Committee; vice chairman, Prince George's Senate Delegation; chairman, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 1986-88; member, Budget and Taxation Committee, Health, Education and Human Resources Subcommittee, Capital Budget Subcommittee, Governor's Commission on Black Health and Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.

A: Most of the time there is no conflict. Constituent needs are much the same across the state. When there is a conflict, my duty is to represent those who elect me unless there is a compelling reason to take a broader perspective. Older, developed areas such as those in the 24th District do have special needs that must be addressed, especially in the areas of education, equal opportunity and social services. On some of these issues, there is little room for compromise. On most issues, however, there is much greater room for a statesmanlike approach. We have in the past and will in the future be open to all sides of the issues before the Senate and sympathetic to the need to find a position that is in the best interests of the entire state.