Term: 4 Years

Salary: $27,000

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

(1 seat)

Albert R. Wynn (Democrat) is unopposed

Albert R. Wynn (D)

526 Harry S. Truman Dr., Largo

Age: 39

Incumbent

State senator, 1987-present; lawyer, Albert R. Wynn & Associates; member, House of Delegates, 1983-87; Governor's Task Forces on Violence and Extremism, Drunk and Drugged Driving, Patuxent Prison Reform; twice elected delegate, Democratic National Convention; sponsored legislation promoting minority/small businesses, family day care, voting rights, regulation of assault weapons; vice chairman, Maryland Black Caucus; graduate, Georgetown University Law School; married; member, Maryland Bar, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Maple Springs Baptist Church.

A:In most cases, the interests of the state and those of my constituents are not in conflict. Issues such as education reform, transportation funding and the drug war are common to all Maryland residents. Thus, legislation regulating banks, toughening criminal penalties for drug kingpins or protecting the environment are good for my constituents as well as the rest of the state. However, part of my job is to seek the most advantageous position for the citizens of my district. This may require introducing an amendment adding or deleting language in a bill in order to make the legislation more responsive to the needs of working class citizens in the 25th District. In other situations, I may work to accelerate a road or school construction project slated for my district by pointing out unique or pressing problems to the appropriate state agencies. As an advocate for the 25th District, I rely on my experience and understanding of the legislative process, as well as the personal relationships I have developed, in order to get as large a share of the pie as possible for my constituents. At the same time, I remain mindful of the state's overall fiscal stability and the need for economic growth in all parts of the state.