Dianne B. McWilliams (D)

Age: 56

Residence: Mechanicsville.

Education: Emergency medical technician certification, University of Maryland's Fire and Rescue Institute, 1975.

Occupation: Chief deputy, register of wills, St. Mary's County.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Maryland Register of Wills Association; member, St. Mary's County Democratic Club; member, Democratic Women of St. Mary's County; lifelong member, Immaculate Conception Church, Mechanicsville; life member as EMT-B, and past director, secretary and treasurer, Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad; delegate, Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Association; delegate, Maryland State Firemen's Association.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Serving as chief deputy register of wills for 25 years has given me a vast knowledge of Maryland probate laws. I have shown compassion working with people and helping them through the estate process. My background and the administration of estates will be an asset serving as clerk to the Orphans' Court. The position demands both administrative ability and personal concern. I have demonstrated both as chief deputy. As the most qualified candidate, I will strive for continued uniformity throughout the state and continuity within the office. I will professionally and respectfully serve the citizens of St. Mary's County."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"With 25 years' experience, it is to the public's advantage and best interest to continue with my experience and qualifications as your register of wills."

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Cindy Adams (R)

Age: 54

Residence: Mechanicsville.

Education: Associate's degree, Pensacola Junior College, 1984; bachelor's degree, communications and management, State University of New York, Albany, 1986; master's degree, marketing, Johns Hopkins University, 2000.

Occupation: Calvert County Health Department, Prince Frederick, Md.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board of Directors, Women in Military Service for America Foundation, three years; life member, Navy Women's Association, Washington, D.C.; member and secretary, Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I've been an established contributor to the Washington, D.C., public relations and marketing scene, both as a U.S. Navy veteran and as a resident of St. Mary's County. I have more than 30 years of experience in administrative management in federal government and corporate environments. As Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, I will create a pro-active outreach so that individuals can make important decisions. I believe it is an essential responsibility of this office to find out what people's needs are and provide them tools for making personal decisions about their estates and wills in advance."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I'm a sustaining member of the Republican Party, active in local and national politics. This is my first time as a candidate for local office."

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