Term: 4 Years

Salary: $27,000

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

(1 seat)

Arthur Dorman (Democrat)

Abdullah Salim (Republican)

Arthur Dorman (D)

11107 Montgomery Rd., Beltsville

Age: 64


Member of Maryland Senate since 1974; vice chairman, Senate Environmental and Economic Affairs committees; chairman, Education Subcommittee and joint Prince George's and Montgomery County delegations; member, House of Delegates, 1965-74; practicing optometrist in the county for 37 years; board member of Boys' and Girls' Clubs since 1958; past president, Langley Park Kiwanis Club, Beth Torah Congregation, Democratic clubs and PTA; author of articles on legislation published in various newspapers in the county.

A: I have been balancing statewide interests with the needs of my constituents for 26 years. My constituents are primarily concerned about education, drugs, the environment, crime, development and transportation. These are also statewide concerns. In education, I was one of four senators who wrote the legislation reorganizing higher education; all Maryland residents benefited. In the area of drugs, I have consistently voted to tighten our laws and increase penalties. I am a leader on environmental issues; I sponsored legislation dealing with reforestation, the phosphorous ban and limiting development in critical areas, tidal and non-tidal wetlands. I championed impact fees and adequate public facility laws, ensuring that needed facilities are in place when development occurs. Diversified transportation modes are needed, and I support that concept. All of the above items concern my constituents, and all Maryland residents. As a member of the Senate, I will continue in these endeavors as well as in other areas.

Abdullah Salim (R)

4105 Taunton Dr., Beltsville

Age: 42

Lawyer; married; three children; resident of Prince George's County for 18 years; graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and George Mason University School of Law; member and director of many professional, civic and nonprofit organizations; coach for youth athletics; student of ancient history; accomplishments noted in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the East, International Who's Who of Intellectuals and Who's Who in Society and Men of Achievement.

A: In balancing statewide interests with the specific needs of my constituents, I, as state senator, would concentrate on those needs that most affect the constituents whom I represent. As an elected official, it would be my duty as a representative of those who selected me to be an advocate for their needs. Prince George's County is unique in that it is the suburb of a major metropolitan area; our needs are different from those of counties whose constituents are from less urbanized settings. However, there are basic universal concerns of all citizens of the state of Maryland, such as crime and drugs, the environment, education, transportation, adequate housing, employment and medical care. My focus would be on addressing these needs toward the preservation of this state's most precious resource -- its people, and the reclamation of our youth from the crimes and degradation they face in their immediate environment. This would benefit all.