Chuck Floyd (R)

Age: 54

Residence: Kensington.

Education: BS, biology, University of Richmond; MBA, Webster University; MS, logistics, Florida Institute of Technology.

Occupation: Small-business owner; retired U.S. Army officer.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Republican Central Committee of Maryland, Maryland Council for Small Business and five chambers of commerce; volunteer, Salvation Army, United Way, other charitable organizations.

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

"My top priorities are taxes and fiscal responsibility, economic growth and jobs, homeland security and public safety, education, ending transportation gridlock and protecting our natural resources. We need a leader in Congress who will fight for accountability for the taxpayers. I understand that taxpayers should keep more of their paychecks. I will work with leaders at all levels of government to encourage business development to create quality jobs. As a retired military officer and presidential appointee, I am the only candidate with the necessary experience to assist President Bush with homeland security and protecting our communities."

Why should voters elect you?

"As a retired military officer, family man, small-business owner and Bush presidential appointee to the State Department, I will be an effective congressman."

Web site:

www.floydforcongress.com

E-mail address:

chuckfloyd@comcast.net

Chris Van Hollen (D)*

Age: 45

Residence: Kensington.

Education: BA, philosophy, Swarthmore College; master's in public policy, Harvard University; JD, Georgetown University.

Occupation: Congressman.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-present; member, Maryland Senate, 1995-2002; member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1991-94; member, Advisory Board of Governors, Partnership for Public Service; board member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; honorary board member, American Red Cross of the National Capital Area; former board member, Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children; youth soccer coach, MSI.

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

"There are a host of critical issues. Every child must have the opportunity to succeed. No Child Left Behind education initiative, Head Start and special education must be fully funded. Work to expand college access. Phase in system of universal health care, including mental health. Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Stop rollbacks on environmental protections; develop sustainable energy policy. Invest in transportation infrastructure and homeland security. Protect civil rights, including the right to choose. End reckless fiscal policy that passes debts to our children. Maintain strong defense but recognize that successful war on terrorism depends on more than military power alone."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will continue to work hard to effectively represent the values and priorities of the people of this district on international, national and local issues."

Web site:

www.vanhollen.org

E-mail address:

campaign@vanhollen.org