Wayne Cooper (D)

Age: 56

Residence: White Plains.

Education: Athens (W.Va.) High School; insulation apprentice, Richmond.

Occupation: Environmental contracting; vice president, Waco Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Charles County Board of Education, 1996-2002; chairman for three years, Charles County Board of Education; past president, House Foundations Career & Technology Center; board of directors, Association of Builders and Contractors of Southern Maryland; member, Charles County Chamber of Commerce; member, La Plata Rotary; past member, board of directors, Charles County United Way; past president, Potomac Baptist Association Men's Brotherhood.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I will bring to the county commission the same sense of vision, action, comprehensive planning and accountability that I used as chairman of the Board of Education. I believe that Charles County is a great place to live, work and own a business. I want to make sure it stays that way. I want to help ensure safe communities and safe shopping areas, to create local jobs and to provide the best services to all residents. To do this, I need your help."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I will continue to be accessible and accountable to the citizens of Charles County and ask for your support in this election."

Web site:

waynesweb.org

E-mail address:

None given.

John D. Rutherford (R)

Age: 55

Residence: White Plains.

Education: BS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; MS, University of Southern California; Army Aviation School; Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training; Navy Test Pilot School.

Occupation: Owner, Classic Image Salon & Day Spa.

Elected offices/civic activities: Retired Air Force test pilot; secretary, Republican Central Committee; member, Kiwanis; member, Chamber of Commerce; external diploma tutor.

Why should the voters elect you?

"You cannot solve tomorrow's problems with today's way of thinking. Whether it is road improvements, public safety, school construction or housing, our commissioners must be visionary leaders in order to prepare today for the challenges of tomorrow. I bring broad vision and strong leadership to the table. This is an important crossroad, the leading edge of a very dynamic time for our county. I am committed to ensuring that years from now people will look back and say we made the right decisions, that when we had the opportunity we did the right things."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I am a business owner, community leader and military combat veteran who is deeply committed to making Charles County a home to be proud of."

Web site:

www.rutherford2002.com

E-mail address:

rut3789@erols.com