Marvin E. Holmes Jr. * (D)

Age: 53

Residence: Kettering.

Education: Prince George's Community College, engineering/construction management; Tuskegee University, engineering.

Occupation: Engineer/real estate.

Elected offices/civic activities: American Society of Civil Engineers; National Society of Black Engineers; president, Suburban Maryland Engineers Society; president, Kettering Civic Federation; executive vice president, Leadership Prince George's; vice president, Gov. Oden Bowie Democratic Club; customer advisory board, WSSC; president, Citizens for Greenbelt; vice president, Prince George's Council of Democratic Clubs; Presidential Honor Guard, U.S. Coast Guard; search and rescue air crewman; member, Greater Mount Nebo AME Church.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I will work to represent the voice of the people who elect me. My 28 years of experience in working on economic development initiatives and land-use and zoning issues has provided me the opportunity to understand fiscal accountability. I will work to be a representative to enlarge our commercial tax base; to increase funding for public safety and public services; to fund the reduction in class sizes; to balance the budget without depending upon tax increases; and focus on health care for the financially disadvantaged, small businesses and our senior citizens."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I believe that good government is a result of good citizenship. For 28 years, I have worked relentlessly to make a difference in our community."

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