Term: 4 Years

Salary: $27,000

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

(1 seat)

Gloria Lawlah (Democrat) is unopposed

Gloria Lawlah (D)

3801 24th Ave., Hillcrest Heights

Age: 51

Administrator and educator, D.C. Public Schools;; member, House of Delegates, 1986-90, member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee and Joint Committee on Federal Relations; vice chairman, Bi-County Committee on WSSC and MNCPPC; member, Women's Legislative Caucus, Endorsement Committee, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus; executive board member, National Black Conference of Black Legislators; life member, National Council of Negro Women; member, Hillcrest Heights Civic Association and Oxon Hill Democrats; married; three children.

A: Perhaps one of the earliest observations one encounters as a newly elected state lawmaker is the fact that there are 23 counties and Baltimore City represented in the Maryland State Legislature, each with its own legitimate needs for special funding, programs and services. As state lawmakers, our first responsibility is to keep our state fiscally sound and our state programs and services viable. In addition, during the legislative process, we attempt to pass those laws necessary to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Free State. Certainly during this process, the specific needs of each legislator's constituents are given serious consideration. After all, our mutual goal is to prudently appropriate our state revenue to maximize programs and services that benefit all of our state's citizens. That's good government.