Gary Kessler

Age: 43

Residence: Lexington Park.

Education: BS, aeronautical engineering, University of Maryland; MBA, Florida Institute of Technology.

Occupation: Principal deputy program manager for conventional strike weapons, Naval Air Systems Command.

Elected offices/civic activities: Past president, Park Hall Elementary School PTA; former member, St Mary's School Budget Advisory Committee.

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

"Adequate funding from local, state and federal funding, including full funding of state's Thornton plan and implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Recruiting and retaining quality teachers and administrators by providing a competitive salary and benefits package. The impact of high school assessments and the decisions that the state will make about tying them to diplomas."

Why should voters elect you?

"I bring a good background and perspective on issues that our educators face, and I have outstanding leadership and budget management skills and experience."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

kesslergk@gmpexpress.net

Pat Woodburn

Photo not available.

Age: 70

Residence: St. Clement Shores.

Education: Completed course work at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Charles County Community College and Strayer Business College.

Occupation: Real estate agent, O'Brien Realty.

Elected offices/civic activities: Teacher assistant; substitute teacher; taught reading at a university in Africa; active in local legislative issues.

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

"I see winds of change coming for the public education system. Can public education compete with school vouchers, charter schools, Christian schools and home schooling? Are bigger schools the answer? Are better paid, highly qualified teachers the answer? Are the answers contained in curriculum and instruction? What are the parents expecting for the public education system to achieve? Will the parents look for other avenues outside the public schools? Teachers, educational support personnel, children and parents together make up the public school family. All needs should be met within this family: the need for respect, the need to achieve goals."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have always been interested in education. With seven children, I attended PTA meetings for years. With my business knowledge, I can make a difference."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

patwoodburn@hotmail.com