Term: 4 Years

Salary: $27,000

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

(1 seat)

Charles F. Chester (Democrat)

Howard A. Denis (Republican)

Charles F. Chester (D)

11200 Empire Lane, Bethesda

Age: 36

Lawyer in private practice; graduate of Woodward High School, 1972; BA, University of Maryland, 1976; JD, University of Baltimore, 1979; adjunct professor, Montgomery College, 1981-1987; counsel to Montgomery County delegation in Maryland Senate, 1980-82; administrative assistant to former state senator Victor Crawford, 1980-1982; legislative intern to former state delegate Ben Cardin in 1978 and former U.S. representative Gladys Spellman in 1975; member, Governor's Public Defender Advisory Board, Montgomery County Council Task Force on Homeowners' Associations, Lawyers Committee of United Jewish Appeal and Glen Echo and Chesapeake Bay foundations; legal adviser to Olney Theatre, 1982; legislative committee member, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, 1986.

A. My constituents and residents across Maryland care about energized leadership on the environment, controlled growth, the Chesapeake Bay and recycling; pro-choice legislation, without any restrictions, obstacles or requirements imposed on women's liberties and privacy rights by legislation; statewide legislation giving local governments the power to set ceilings on property taxes and deferrals for seniors; campaign spending reform limiting the influence of political action committees and ensuring that Bethesda's state senator is an independent voice; and gun control and a ban on military assault rifles used in drug wars against police officers. Tough standards are needed. Maryland educational formulas can assist other jurisdictions, but not at the expense of the quality of education in others, such as Montgomery County. The state's contributions to school funding and teacher pension funds (without compromising local controls) must be maintained. Instances where cooperation is needed for local projects include the Jewish Home for Aged, St. Luke's Mental Health Center and Friendship Heights Incorporation.

Howard A. Denis (R)

4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase

Age: 50


Lawyer; state senator for 14 years, current member of Judicial, Executive Nominations, Ethics and Administrative-Executive-Legislative Review committees; graduate, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; BA in government, Georgetown University, 1961; LLB, Georgetown University Law Center, 1965; named senator of the year by Maryland State's Attorneys Association; given awards by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Disabled American Veterans of Maryland, Common Cause, Retarded Citizens Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Psychiatric Society and Congregation Beth El Men's Club; board member, Martin Luther King Foundation-Montgomery County; advisory board member, American Automobile Association-Potomac Chapter, Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts and Republicans for Choice.

A. What helps Montgomery County helps Maryland. A healthy tax base here is essential for the vitality of the state. Thus, I am enthusiastic in being a strong advocate for my constituents. I view myself as their tribune and ombudsman. Fourteen years of experience as a state senator convinces me that my constituents share a broad-minded vision. My vigorous support for statewide recycling, cleaner air and water and efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay conforms to that vision.

Likewise, crime and substance abuse must be attacked statewide and in a comprehensive manner. A strong education system in Montgomery County, as well as mass transit and sound barriers, is necessary to maintain and enhance the quality of life throughout the state.