Collins A. Bailey*

Age: 48

Residence: Hughesville.

Education: La Plata High School; selected college courses.

Occupation: Lumber broker and consultant; owner, Bailey Lumber Co.

Elected offices/civic activities: Vice chairman, Charles County Board of Education; member, Grace Brethren Church; member and past president, Christian Businessmen's Committee; member, Gideons International; team leader, juvenile prison ministry.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I was first elected in 1994. Since that time, we have seen SAT and Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills scores rise to above the state and national levels. I have focused on safety, high academic standards and financial responsibility. We have gone from annual budgets with deficits, hiring freezes and textbook shortages to multiyear budgeting and planning with surpluses. Prior to my election, there was a maintenance backlog of 15 years. That has been eliminated. We have made much progress, but there is still a lot to do. Therefore I am seeking a third term."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"Collins and his wife, Pam, live in Hughesville with their four children: Joshua, 18; Caleb, 16; John, 14; and Mary, 12."

Web site:

www.CollinsBailey.com

E-mail address:

CollinsBailey@aol.com

Rebecca Bolton Bridgett

Age: 37

Residence: Charlotte Hall.

Education: BA, Campbell University; MA, Appalachian State University; EdD, Nova Southeastern University.

Occupation: Educator and crisis outreach counselor, Center for Children Inc., La Plata.

Elected offices/civic activities: Den leader, Cub Scout Webelos Den 8; secretary, Higdon Elementary School PTA; part-time professor, College of Southern Maryland; consultant, Alternative School Programming; leader of child welfare programs; former Sunday school teacher.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Voters should elect me because I am the most qualified candidate. I hold a doctoral degree in education and a master's degree in special education. I am a mother of a fifth-grader at Higdon Elementary School in Newburg. I am a parent, stepparent and foster parent with a commitment to children. I have exemplary professional experience as I developed and implemented a quality treatment foster care program in Charles County. I believe in a quality education system. I can be the voice of children and parents for better schools."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I am passionate about education. I encourage parental involvement in our schools. I want children to love to learn."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

bridgettdr@aol.com

Mark Crawford

Age: 25

Residence: Bryantown.

Education: BS, magna cum laude, Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.); National Debate Tournament, collegiate championship team, 1996.

Occupation: Educator, coach; GSA security (summer employment).

Elected offices/civic activities: Youth sports coach, referee; volunteer community service.

Why should the voters elect you?

"The current board has done well; we just need to keep going. Charles County schools need a top-quality curriculum and a higher expectation from the classroom. There should also be higher accountability on all levels. I bring these to the table. As a teacher, I have the classroom perspective the board needs. According to the Maryland State Performance Report, our schools rank near the bottom for rigorous courses. We should not settle for just getting a child through school, but rather we should challenge our schools to get through to each child."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I taught government, Latin and SAT. I coached for five years. I am committed to quality curriculum and accountability."

Web site:

www.us2000.org/mark

E-mail address:

None given.

Edward P. Holland

Age: 36

Residence: Dentsville.

Education: College of Southern Maryland; training certificates in International Relations, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce; training certificates in the investigation of nuclear, biological and chemical-related crimes.

Occupation: Senior investigator, U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman, parish council, Our Lady Help of Christians Church; executive officer, Southern Maryland Young Marines, Tri-County; board member, Charles County Department of Social Services; junior vice commander of youth, VFW-Indian Head; board director, Our Lady's Little Christians, Waldorf.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I know that our children come first in education. I will expand the children's reading program; ensure accountability to paying customers of the proposed $165 million school budget; support a proactive building maintenance program; seek input from teachers and paraprofessionals regarding wages, benefits and curriculum; continue the board's minority achievement program; and be a proactive business liaison to ensure jobs will be awaiting our youth."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"My wife and daughter are the loves of my life. My nicknames are Hade Jr. and Lord. Over 200 years of Hollands."

Web site:

edward_holland.tripod.com/main.html

E-mail address:

edward_holland@hotmail.com

Steve Laudenslager

Age: 45

Residence: Waldorf.

Education: Halifax Area High School, Halifax, Pa.

Occupation: Department of Defense contractor; logistics team leader and senior analyst, DTI Associates.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman, Charles County Citizens Review Panel; citizen member representing children and families, Charles County Human Services Partnership Board; adviser, Waldorf Junior Jaycees; co-director, Southern Regional Tournament, DestiNation Imagination & Affiliate Challenge Master for Maryland Creative Problem Solvers; board of directors, Izaak Walton League of America, Southern Maryland Chapter.

Why should the voters elect you?

"My platform is Encouragement: All things are possible to those properly motivated to learn. Accountability: Students, parents and the Board of Education share responsibility for quality education. Given equal opportunity, all things are possible to those willing to learn. Recognition: emphasizing the importance of recognition. A little praise goes a long way in an individual's education. Teachers are the key to education, and we must ensure adequate incentives for recruitment, retention and retirement. Continue closing the minority achievement gap.

Focus on teaching fundamentals.

'No Child Left Behind.' Investigate cost-effective alternatives for funding public education needs. Zero tolerance for disruptive students."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"Retired Navy senior chief; married 22 years; four children. Very active within the community and dedicated to serving the citizens of Charles County."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

steveforboe@hotmail.com

Kathy Levanduski*

Age: 38

Residence: Waldorf.

Education: Private grade school; high school, Prince George's County; Prince George's Community College.

Occupation: Community representative, Old Country Buffet.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Charles County VITAL committee, 1996-present; former education reporter; three-time recipient of Governor's Award for 1,000 hours of Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Public Schools; decorator/volunteer, Charles County Hospice Festival of Trees; board member, Maryland State Odyssey of the Mind, 1994-99.

Why should the voters elect you?

"An effective board needs diversity. I was elected six years ago because voters saw the need for a strong leader who is in touch with the day-to-day operations of the schools. Having four children in our schools gives me firsthand knowledge of how my decisions affect the classroom. My flexible schedule enables me to actively practice hands-on leadership by volunteering in the schools, researching parent concerns and meeting with officials locally and across the state. My experience, enthusiasm, dedication and perspective are needed to bring balance to the team."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I put actions behind my words: Decisions are based on investigation and built on experience. I take ownership of my decisions and face challenges head-on."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

levanduski@erols.com

Michael Lukas

Age: 40

Residence: Waldorf.

Education: BS, University of Maryland, College Park; Naval Postgraduate School; Defense Acquisition University.

Occupation: Project manager/senior engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Elected offices/civic activities: Community vice president, Greater Waldorf Jaycees; board of directors, Jaycees, 1999-present; board of directors, Waldorf Kiwanis; Charles County sheriff's office Outstanding Meritorious Service Award; JROTC community project appraiser.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Our schools have made progress under Superintendent Richmond, but we have significant gaps to bridge. The proficiency of students graduating from Charles County public schools (CCPS) must be increased. CCPS are last in the state in graduating students who are prepared to attend University of Maryland colleges. Reading programs must be funded and implemented at an early age. As parents and educators, we must instill in children that great things are expected from them. I will strengthen curriculum at all levels, striving to retain quality teachers by providing competitive pay incorporated with a safe, healthy learning environment."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"My commitment and service to Charles County is well documented. My goal is to transform Charles County schools into a model of excellence."

Web site:

www.mikelukas.net

E-mail address:

vote4mike@hotmail.com

Cecil Marshall

Age: 70

Residence: La Plata.

Education: Livingstone College.

Occupation: Retired, Pennsylvania Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former member, board of directors, Civista Medical Center; former member, Charles County Planning Commission; former member, College of Southern Maryland Foundation; former member, Animal Control Board; former member, Alzheimer's Association.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Being actively involved in my community and on the front line of education, I would like the opportunity to speak for my fellow Charles Countians in the area of educational policy. Special concerns that need to be addressed are the implementation of policies regarding personal responsibility among students, the recruitment and retention of quality teaching professionals, the development of a math academy based on the county Reading Academy's model and the equalization of compensation with increased accountability. Voters could be assured that focus in these areas would not waver until the task was accomplished."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I am married with two adult sons and a granddaughter."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

metmarshall@msn.com

Aaron S. Merki

Age: 19

Residence: Waldorf.

Education: McDonough High School, 2001; currently a public affairs scholar, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Occupation: Student.

Elected offices/civic activities: Student member, Charles County Board of Education; member, Maryland Association of Boards of Education; governor-appointed member, Maryland State Board of Education; member, National Association of State Boards of Education.

Why should the voters elect you?

"During my tenure as a governor-appointed member of the State Board of Education, we faced record budgets and increasing accountability in Maryland. I testified in Annapolis on a number of these issues and focused on achieving better results for children. Then and in the future, I was committed to a comprehensive program with strong basics for all children, as well as refocusing on partnerships and concrete strategic planning for where our schools should be headed. The students in Charles County are just as bright as students elsewhere; we need only to provide the opportunities for them."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I am an experienced and committed advocate for public education, as shown in my record as a member of the Maryland State Board of Education."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

a18@umbc.edu

Donald M. Wade*

Age: 65

Residence: Hughesville.

Education: University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; American University; University of Southern California; U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College; U.S. Air Force Air War College; University of North Carolina, Greensboro; U.S. Air Force Academic Instructor and Allied Officer School.

Occupation: Teacher, department chairman of Air Force Junior ROTC, Prince George's County public schools.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Charles County Board of Education; past member, Charles County Board of Zoning Appeals; past director of testing (Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Batteries Test), Department of Defense; test professor of aerospace studies, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; professor of aerospace studies, Mississippi Valley State University, Howard University and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Consortium of Universities; teacher and department chair, department of aerospace science, Eleanor Roosevelt High School; faculty adviser to 21 JROTC units in Prince George's County.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Donald Wade is a serious, disciplined man, having risen through the ranks of the Air Force in 30 years to achieve the rank of colonel, serving our country in Vietnam. He knows that the future of our country depends on all the children in our schools today. The new federal law, leave no child behind, validates my vision. He wants to gear education toward preparing youth to be able to access information through technology in a fast-paced world. He wants our children to have the commitment and discipline to achieve their goals and be lifelong learners."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"Wade has extensive knowledge and experiences in education at all levels, in the military and civilian sector. Leadership and organizational skills are a major asset."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

ddddmwade@aol.com

Margaret Young*

Age: 43

Residence: Waldorf.

Education: BS, University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Occupation: Registered nurse; staff, resource nurse, labor and delivery, Washington Hospital Center.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Charles County Board of Education; member, Legislative Committee, Maryland Association of Boards of Education; member, American Nurses Association and D.C. Nurses Association; member, Port Tobacco chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; president, Berry Elementary PTO, 1995-98; chairman, steering committee, Berry Elementary, 1995; member, site-based management committee, J.C. Parks Elementary, 1994-96; religious education teacher, St. Joseph's, Pomfret, 1995-98.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Priorities center on four issues: school facilities, academics, communication and leadership. We need more schools and a K-12 specialized long-term facility for chronic behavior problems. Focusing on rigorous, traditional academics will raise test scores naturally. A 'back to basics' approach includes phonics, spelling, composition, classic literature, non-calculator-dependent math, fine arts, geography and traditional history and science. We need smaller classes and fewer substitute teacher days. I will work toward fiscal conservatism, board involvement in curriculum and textbook approval, and meaningful student-focused benchmarks. Communication to the public must be balanced, objective and complete. Board-parent-teacher synergism is paramount."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"Married 22 years, mother of four active children 8-14, registered nurse. Personal experiences with public schools, private schools and home schooling. Check my voting record!"

Web site:

www.hometown.aol.com/my728/myhomepage/politics.html

E-mail address:

my728@aol.com