Elijah E. Cummings *

Age: 53

Residence: Madison Park.

Education: BA, political science, Howard University; JD, University of Maryland.

Occupation: Congressman, lawyer.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1996-present; member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1983-96; board of regents, Morgan State University; board member, Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore City Zoo, National Aquarium, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; member, NAACP.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Our security. We live in a time of both opportunity and danger. I will continue to work to effectively address the issues central to our lives -- for expanded federal action to 1) protect our community against drug-related crime, violence and the terrorist threat -- while protecting our fundamental civil rights and liberties; 2) provide universal access to high-quality health care; 3) assure a quality education, good jobs, affordable housing and dependable public transportation for all our people; 4) protect our environment; and 5) assure that every citizen can vote and have his vote counted in the election of their government."

Why should voters elect you?

"Government should work for working families. I believe that fighting for the values and opportunity that are central to America is a solemn public trust."

Web site:

www.elijahcummings.com

E-mail address:

CummingsCongress@cs.com

Charles Curtis McPeek Sr.

Photo not available.

Age: 74

Residence: Laurel.

Education: Completed course work in business science at Tennessee State University.

Occupation: President, McPeek & Co. Inc.; retired building contractor.

Elected offices/civic activities: Second lieutenant, U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; 8th Ranger Company, Korean War.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The economy and unfair taxation. That is, a single person earning $1,000 per week, payroll tax takes approximately $400, $20,800 per year, $104,000 in five years, $416,000 in 20 years. Not much incentive for the honest working people to try to climb the corporate ladder. More and more people are finding ways to earn tax-free dollars, while the common thief, deadbeats, drug dealers, rip-offs, the oldest profession in the world and others in all reality are tax exempt."

Why should voters elect you?

"Replace payroll/income tax with a flat sales tax -- 8 percent federal, 5 percent state, 4 percent Social Security and 3 percent national health care."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

CharlesMcPeekSr@aol.com