Term: 4 Years

Salary: $27,000

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

(1 seat)

Jack R. Jones (Republican)

Thomas Patrick O'Reilly (Democrat)

Jack R. Jones (R)

4715 Rittenhouse St., Riverdale

Age: 49

Househusband; chairman, Riverdale Citizenship Advisory Committee on Ecology; co-founder and executive committee member, Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association; BS in general science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1964; social ecology program, Goddard College, 1974; business and research experience in recycling; volunteer with "green" and libertarian organizations working for participatory democratic reform.

A: Maryland needs to have more democracy in its political process so citizens can participate more in establishing win-win situations involving statewide, district and individual interests. A full referendum and initiative process, and fair ballot access, would increase democracy. The only proper legislation is that which harms neither the group nor the individual. Laws should not oppress minorities or majorities, subsidize corporate interests, protect polluters, restrict economic choices or take away individual rights, such as a woman's right to choose abortion. For example, government suppression of choices in today's economy causes many people in Maryland to need tax-funded assistance, such as {money} for abortions. We need to remove harmful laws that create privileged monopolies and cartels, which lead to unemployment, higher prices and increased poverty. We need a fairer distribution of the tax burden so individuals are not paying higher tax rates on gross income than corporations.

Thomas Patrick O'Reilly (D)

7107 Lois Lane, Landover

Age: 52


Lawyer in private practice; member of Maryland state Senate for 16 years; deputy majority leader, vice chairman of Finance Committee and member of Executive Nominations Committee, Joint Committee on Health Care Costs Containment, Advisory Board for Rape and Sexual Offenses and Child Support Enforcement Advisory Council; graduate of Northwestern High School; BS in electrical engineering, University of Maryland, 1968; JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1972; admitted to practice in Maryland courts, federal courts and U.S. Supreme Court; served in Air Force, 1961-1964, given honorable discharge; married, with four children; member, St. Mary's Catholic Church, American Legion and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

A: The specific needs of my constituents are generally not at variance with the general interests of other Maryland citizens. More often, actions that are beneficial or detrimental to my constituents have a similar impact on the rest of our state's citizens. On occasion, local needs that are clearly at odds with general state interests do arise. At such times, the practice I have adopted is to meet with other legislative leaders for the purpose of collectively seeking answers to these needs that do not generate additional state problems. Very often such meetings do result in imaginative and creative solutions, but at the very least, I am given an excellent opportunity to convince my colleagues that the particular local needs are ones that genuinely require special treatment. Eventually my legislative colleagues throughout the state are faced with their own local problems, at which time I then have the opportunity to come to their assistance.