Paul L. Bush (D)

Age: 68

Residence: Elkridge.

Education: BS, MEd, CASE, Loyola College.

Occupation: Retired Howard County teacher and administrator.

Elected offices/civic activities: Vice president, 1st District Democratic Club; past president, Howard County Association of Retired Teachers; president, Elk Ridge Heritage Society; past secretary, Greater Elkridge Community Association.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Judges of the Orphans' Court hear matters involving contested estates, supervise all estates that are probated and hear disputes among heirs to provide a fair settlement for all parties. Serving as a judge will allow me to continue my career of public service by helping people navigate a very complicated process while ensuring fairness. I will bring to the citizens of Howard County the compassion, attention to detail, honesty and integrity that they deserve."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I was born, raised and continue to reside in Howard County. I am a retired Howard County public schools teacher and administrator."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

None given.

Sherae M. McNeal* (D)

Age: 36

Residence: Clarksville.

Education: BA, University of Maryland, College Park; JD, University of Maryland School of Law.

Occupation: Lawyer; partner, O'Guinn & McNeal.

Elected offices/civic activities: Elected judge, Orphans' Court, 1998; member, Maryland State Bar Association; volunteer lawyer, Legal Services to the Elderly (Bar Association of Baltimore); practicing lawyer for 11 years with estate administration experience; member, Maryland Association of Judges of the Orphans' Courts.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I have lived in Howard County, a diverse and dynamic community, for 32 years. As an experienced lawyer and current Orphans' Court judge, I can continue to bring leadership and organizational skills to this position. Given the increased complexity and affluent nature of the estates that the Orphans' Court handles, my legal skills and background are both helpful and needed. I have been an effective judge on the Orphans' Court and wish to continue the privilege of serving my community."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"Families come before the Orphans' Court at a difficult time in their lives. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to serve them."

Web site:

www.reelectmcnealorphansct.com

E-mail address:

smcneal@oguinnmcneal.com

Charles M. Coles, Jr.* (R)

Age: 44

Residence: Lisbon.

Education: Catonsville Community College; University of Maryland; Missouri Auction School; judges' seminars, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL).

Occupation: Judge, Howard County Orphans' Court; farmer.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chief judge, Orphans' Court; member, Maryland Association Judges of the Orphans' Court; past elections judge, Howard County; past president, Howard County Historical Society; director, Howard Carroll Petroleum Service.

Why should the voters elect you?

"As a member of the court for the past 12 years and chief judge for four years, I have gained the experience necessary to provide the citizens of Howard County with the best possible service. I have worked to make the court more accessible. This current court has expedited the probate process so that those involved will not wait unnecessarily for our decisions. As a member of the National College of Probate Judges, I continually update my education and expertise. I also attend classes and seminars sponsored by MICPEL so that I may better serve the people."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I have the knowledge of this office that comes through experience. If reelected, I will continue to work hard for the people."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

cmjcoles@msn.com

Eva-Mae Lloyd (R)

Age: 64

Residence: Ellicott City.

Education: Catherman's Business College; completed special courses in Maryland estate administration, Villa Julie College.

Occupation: Self-employed paralegal.

Elected offices/civic activities: "For the past 15 or more years, I have prepared documents providing for decedents' estate administration in numerous probate cases in the Orphans' Court in various counties in Maryland."

Why should the voters elect you?

"I will bring mature personal judgment and a seasoned professional background to the office of Orphans' Court judge, and my experience in raising my own orphan children under difficult circumstances has given me the confidence to make the right probate decisions for others, and the courage and strength to make those judicial decisions promptly."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I am married, the mother of three children, grandmother of nine. I am an avid tennis player and licensed private airplane pilot."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

teleml@worldnet.att.net

Joyce Pope* (R)

Age: 51

Residence: Warfield's Range, Laurel.

Education: Towson State University; ongoing specialized training in estate and probate law.

Occupation: Judge of the Orphans' Court, Howard County.

Elected offices/civic activities: Officer, Maryland Association of Judges of the Orphans' Court, 1996-2001; member, National College of Probate Judges; past president, Warfield's Range Community Association; past president, Hammond High School PTSA; member, League of Women Voters of Howard County.

Why should the voters elect you?

"As a judge of the Orphans' Court for eight years, I have gained insight and experience on the bench for which there is no substitute. Also, being a mother of five, grandmother of three and an active community volunteer increases my capacity to serve with compassion, sensitivity, efficiency and a deep sense of commitment to the public."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I have worked toward a change in title from 'Orphans' Court' to 'Probate Court' so that our court's function would be clearer to the public."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

joyceCpope@hotmail.com