Robert Pittman

REPUBLICAN

Age: 39

Residence: Capitol Hill.

Education: D.C. public schools; management and business training through Marriott Corp.

Occupation: Community activist.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, 1995-1997 (chairman, 1996, vice chairman, 1995); member, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Bioterrorism Task Force; member, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Assembly; mayoral appointee, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC); chairman, EMSAC legislative affairs subcommittee; former vice chairman, Metropolitan Police 3rd District Citizens Advisory Council; former board member, WAMU Community Council; former member, Delmarva Foundation Coalition for Prevention, dedicated to education and prevention of illnesses afflicting urban populations.

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

"My fear is the looming budget crisis headed toward the District and the displaced priorities that elected officials choose. What good is 100,000 new residents if increases in user taxes (parking tickets, tax assessments and other fees) make it difficult for new residents to stay and force older residents out, including senior citizens who have lived here for many years. I will work to get supplemental funding, other operating and capital dollars and provide real oversight of agency spending. When legislators exempt themselves from the laws that are imposed on the citizenry, it's a sovereignty, not a republic."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have no allegiances to the status quo, have not lost my contact with real people and will solve the issues voters have with government."

Web site:

www.electpittmandc.com

E-mail address:

electpittman@aol.com

Don Folden Sr.

REPUBLICAN

Age: 51

Residence: Fort Dupont.

Education: Completed courses, University of Alabama.

Occupation: Metrobus operator, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; real estate agent, Visions Realty International.

Elected offices/civic activities: Community activist.

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

"Education. A school system is only as strong as the parental support that it receives. We have parents and grandparents that have been failed by D.C. public schools. Consequently, they do not get involved in their child's education for fear of their shortcomings being exposed. We need to show them other ways to help their children without being intimidated by the process. Parents have to teach their children that school is not for social gatherings but for learning. Parents must ensure their child's participation in programs designed to help the student to have any success."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will promote the talent we have in D.C. in order to restore public safety, education and community involvement for future generations."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

dfolden@att.net

Carol Schwartz

REPUBLICAN *

Age: 60

Residence: Adams Morgan/Kalorama.

Education: BS, elementary and special education, University of Texas.

Occupation: Member, D.C. Council.

Elected offices/civic activities: At-large council member, 1997-present and 1985-1989, chair of council Committee on Public Works and the Environment; Ward 3 representative, D.C. Board of Education, 1974-1982; board member of: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs, Hattie M. Strong Foundation and Whitman-Walker Clinic; chair, National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council; co-chair, education task force, Kennedy Center Community and Friends Board.

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

"The great and valued diversity of our city includes the economic diversity of its citizens. The District's recovery from near-bankruptcy has produced more prosperity, but with prosperity comes new challenges. Some longtime residents are being squeezed out by rapidly escalating real estate assessments and rents. While I certainly welcome -- and have helped to bring about -- better fiscal health, I do not want those who hung in with us during the bad times to be forced out now. As we work to maintain financial health, which is important to our goal of full self-governance, we must also maintain our economic diversity."

Why should voters elect you?

"Because I have a proven history of service, and because District citizens know me to be honest, caring, accessible, responsive, and serious about my responsibilities."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

None given.