Elijah E. Cummings (D)*

Age: 53

Residence: Baltimore.

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."

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Virginia T. Rodino (Green)

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Tony Salazar (R)

Age: 45

Residence: Ellicott City.

Education: BA, government, Georgetown University; JD, George Washington University.

Occupation: Deputy general counsel, Provident Bank.

Elected offices/civic activities: President, Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund; treasurer, Leadership Howard County; assistant den leader, Cub Scout Pack 361; soccer coach, Soccer Association Columbia-Howard County; past president, Centro de la Comunidad Inc.; member, Association of Corporate Counsel.

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

"Without strong, effective leadership, everyone in our district suffers and every issue we care about suffers -- education, national security, affordable housing, jobs, crime, health care, Social Security, neighborhood revitalization efforts and especially the economy. Unfortunately, our current representative's leadership is seriously lacking. During his eight years in Congress, his legislative record has been dismal. He scored a 0 percent from Citizens for a Sound Economy, a 9 percent from Citizens Against Government Waste and an F from the National Taxpayers Union six consecutive times -- making his congressional voting record on these issues the worst in Maryland."

Why should voters elect you?

"I'm a positive, effective leader who will unite our district around the values we share. Our current representative is simply an entrenched, ineffective incumbent."

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