Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Guy L. Harriman (Republican)
Thomas M. Yeager (Democrat)
Guy L. Harriman (R)
7717 Twin Oaks Way, Laurel
Lawyer and partner in Harriman & Wylie; former federal government lawyer and senior manager, Social Security and Health Care Financing administrations, 1959-89; chairman of executive subcommittee, Howard County Charter Revision Commission, 1987-88; member, Howard County Economic Development Advisory Council and Industrial Revenue Bond Subcommittee, 1986-89; president and director, Hammond Park Recreation Inc. 1984-89; director, Hammond Village Citizens Association, 1982-84; member, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, chairman of stewardship committee, 1985-86; vice president, Columbia Kiwanis Club, 1989-90; member, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, National Health Lawyers Association and Howard County, Maryland, American and Federal bar associations; married; three children in Howard County schools.
A: I view a senator's role as one in which statewide interests -- that is, the interests of all citizens of Maryland -- are of primary concern. Statewide interests and constituent needs, however, need not be inconsistent nor in conflict. The needs of my constituents are the needs of all citizens: fiscal responsibility and restraint; freedom from the terror of crime, drug use and alcohol abuse; a criminal justice system that respects and protects crime victims; an educational system that adequately prepares all children for the global challenges of the 21st century; and an economic environment that encourages and promotes business and employment opportunities that help assure a high quality of life. I could not support, however, statewide interests that are grossly detrimental to the specific needs of my constituents. The proposed expanded truck stop on Interstate 95 in Howard County is one such example.
Thomas M. Yeager (D)
7437 Cherry Tree Dr., Fulton
Salesman, Hewlett Packard; Maryland Senate, 1982-present; Howard County Council, 1974-82; MA, business administration, American University; BS, electrical engineering, University of Maryland; member, Clarksville Lions, American Legion Post 60, Laurel, VFW Post 7472, Ellicott City, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1504, Laurel, University of Maryland Terrapin Club and Howard County Striders.
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