Rona E. Kramer (D)

Age: 48

Residence: Olney.

Education: BA, University of Maryland; JD, University of Baltimore.

Occupation: Lawyer, small-business owner; general counsel, Kramer Enterprises.

Elected offices/civic activities: Past president, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; chairman, Montgomery Police/Fire/Rescue Awards; board member, Friends of the Library; trustee, Maryland College of Art and Design.

Why should the voters elect you?

"The ability to take strong, decisive action is the key factor in this race. I believe that I possess the leadership skills and knowledge of the community that will be indispensable for this important seat. I have two children in public schools, I'm involved in many civic, business and nonprofit organizations and I care deeply about the issues that affect our police and firefighters. The citizens of Montgomery County stand at risk to lose their rightful share of funding, especially for education and transportation, with anything less than the aggressive, activist approach I'll take to Annapolis."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I have lived in Montgomery County all of my life. Nothing matters to me more than family, safety and quality-of-life issues."

Web site:

www.ronakramer.com

E-mail address:

rona@ronakramer.com

Jorge Ribas (R)

Age: 60

Residence: Laytonsville.

Education: AA, Southwest Baptist University, 1996; BS, Southwest Missouri State University, 1967; DVM, University of Missouri, 1971; NIH postdoctoral fellow, University of Rochester, 1971-72; residence, comparative pathology, University of Birmingham, 1984.

Occupation: Scientist; chief executive, Ribas & Associates Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: County commissioner, Commission on Children and Youth, 1978-80, and Commission on the Future, 2000; founder and chairman, Citizens for a Better Blair, 1992-94; vice president, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, 1993-95; president, Montgomery County Civic Federation, 1988-2000; commissioner, Maryland Commission on Children and Television, 1979-80, and Maryland Commission on Neighborhoods, 1995-96.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I am an experienced leader. I have served the public interest for 30 years. I served for 28 years as an Army office and biomedical scientist in the defense of our nation. I will bring to the Senate expertise in science and technology, homeland defense and higher education. As senator, I will foster a culture of excellence, transparency and accountability in Annapolis. I will work diligently to balance the budget and take ownership of key issues such as relieving traffic congestion, reducing classroom overcrowding, improving public safety and health, and protecting our environment by promoting responsible land-use policies."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"As state senator, I will help restore fiscal discipline, make government accountable and advocate economic strategies that encourage fair tax policies towards business and residents."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

jribas@ribasconsulting.com