Term: 4 years

Salary: $27,000

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

DISTRICT 17

(1 seat)

Mary Boergers (Democrat)

William J. Skinner (Republican)

Mary Boergers (D)

4417 Puller Dr., Kensington

Age: 44

State legislator and homemaker; member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1981-90, member of Ways and Means Committee, 1981-88, and Economic Matters Committee, 1988-90; chairman of Infrastructure and Transportation Subcommittee; president, Women Legislators of Maryland; former chairman, Commerce, Labor and Regulation Committee, National Conference of State Legislators; former teacher, Rockville High School; received awards from education, handicapped, senior citizens, police and veterans organizations; BA, College of St. Catherine; MA, Catholic University.

A. Tip O'Neill's advice that "all politics is local" is repeated so often that it has become part of conventional political wisdom. All of us who seek or hold elective office know that ultimately great issues are determined at the ballot box. Our political future and the future of the causes we espouse will be determined by a local electorate. On the other hand, those of us who seek the greater good for the larger community know that narrow parochialism sounds the death knell for representative government. Viewed in this context, the great challenge for those of us who seek to represent Montgomery County in the Maryland General Assembly is twofold. First, we have to convince the state of Maryland that the well being of Montgomery County is of statewide significance. In addition, we have to convince local citizens that the well being of the state is equally significant to them. In John Donne's words, "We are all a part of the whole."

William J. Skinner (R)

9001 Wandering Trail Dr., Potomac

Age: 51

Pharmacist and attorney in private practice; chairman, Montgomery County Drug Abuse Advisory Council, 1988-89; president, American Society for Pharmacy Law, 1988-90; former chairman, Boy Scouts, Potomac District; received community ministry citation in 1989 and governor's citation for community service in 1988; membership chairman, Civic Federation, 1989-90; board member, CITPAC (Montgomery County Citizens Political Action Committee for the Future), 1988-90; member, Maryland Pharmacists Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Mental Health Association and Rockville Chamber of Commerce; former association executive; married with four children.

A. We must work together, and be loud and clear about our concerns. Statewide goals must include the problems of all areas. District 17 voters' interests must not be left out. Concerns that must be treated fairly and equally across the state include child-care and after-school program incentives; anti-drug enforcement and drug abuse, prevention and treatment; roads; education; housing assistance; and helping the hungry, poor, disabled and handicapped, elderly, teachers and government workers. We must create jobs in poor areas of the state instead of paying for local services with state tax money. We need to improve the labor market and offer more tax incentives to attract business to Maryland. The legislature should encourage people to do more for themselves. It must push the executive department to do a better job of spending our tax money. We must find new ways to improve effectiveness and control waste in spending.