Thomas A. Mattingly Sr.* (D)

Age: 56

Residence: Leonardtown.

Education: St. Mary's College, 1964-66.

Occupation: Retired splicing technician, Verizon Communications.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners, 1998-present; former fire chief and president, Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department; president, Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Association, 1986; elected president, Maryland State Firemen's Association, 1990, representing volunteer fire service of Maryland; former member and president of Charles County Community College Advisory Board, participating in formation of the College of Southern Maryland; chairman and Board of Commissioners representative, Tri-County Council; served on Governor's MEDVAC Advisory Commission; served on University of Maryland Board of Advisers for the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute.

Why should the voters elect you?

"During my first term, I feel that the positions and issues identified for my campaign were on the mark and have been effectively addressed through information gathering and proper policy implementation. Those areas were education, police services, fire/rescue services, infrastructure, land planning and preservation, recreation, libraries, senior programs and sound financial management. I have the desire to continue to serve the community that I have grown up in. The requirements of a diverse community demand a person with maturity and experience and the time to devote. I have those qualities and respectfully request your vote Nov. 5."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I have recently retired from Verizon and will be devoting full time to the position of county commissioner providing stable and mature approaches to government."

Web site:

tmattingly.com

E-mail address:

tammsfa@bellatlantic.net

Joe Gass (R)

Age: 38

Residence: Oakville.

Education: Leonardtown High School, 1982; numerous U.S. Navy advanced electronics training programs (communications, secure voice and radar), nuclear power school in Orlando, Fla., and nuclear prototype at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1982-88; Washington Nazarene Bible College, 1989-96; ordained minister, The Wesleyan Church, 1997.

Occupation: Owner and president, Heritage Printing and Graphics Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: Founder/spokesperson, May God Bless Our Community; Leonardtown Rotary Club, 1989-2000; board member, Private Industry Council of Southern Maryland, 1992-94; president, Leonardtown Retailers Association, 1992-93; board member, Carenet Pregnancy Care Center of Southern Maryland, 1991-93; committee member, Young Life of St. Mary's, 1998-2000; pastor, Living Water Community Church, 1995-98; assistant pastor, Leonardtown Church of the Nazarene 1991-94; coach, St. Mary's County Northern Soccer League, 1999 to present.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I believe that it is time to elect county commissioners who can work together to create a local government that will better serve all members of the community; who will be able to successfully navigate this community through the dangerous and uncharted waters of tomorrow; who will keep government spending down, keep the budget balanced and will not mortgage our community's future on nonessential expenditures; who can be trusted to do the right thing, no matter what. Given the opportunity, I will faithfully honor my commitment to these principles as a member of the next Board of County Commissioners."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"If elected, you can count on me to fairly and honestly represent the people of St. Mary's by seeking common-sense solutions for tomorrow's challenges."

Web site:

www.VoteJoeGass.com

E-mail address:

joe@VoteJoeGass.com