Kostas Alexakis (D)

Age: 50

Residence: Arnold.

Education: BS, electrical engineering, George Washington University; BS, sociology, New York Regents University.

Occupation: President, Alpha of Maryland Inc. and Alpha Development Co; chairman, Public Sector Solutions Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board member, Maryland Committee for Children, Pride of Baltimore II, American Hellenic Institute.

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

"The failure of efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries brought about by years of abuse, coverups and inaction directly related to my opponent's lack of 'political will' and leadership necessary to face up to the environmental disaster and a) procure and apply federal resources to upgrade the failed sewage treatment facilities; b) provide adequate incentives for proper soil conservation; and c) vigorously enforce against the surrounding jurisdictions that continue to pollute."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will act to save the bay, and I will work to fund the No Child Left Behind Act and reform public schools."

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Wayne T. Gilchrest (R)*

Age: 58

Residence: Kennedyville.

Education: AA, liberal arts, Wesley College; BA, history, Delaware State College.

Occupation: Congressman; former high school teacher.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1991-present.

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

"Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have had to fully engage in a war against terrorism both at home and abroad. We have dramatically increased spending on homeland security and defense for our military to have all the needed resources to go after the terrorists. The economic effects of 9/11 have also been devastating and are just beginning to turn around. Now is the time for Congress to tackle the budget deficit and other issues, like health care. District 1 continues to face the same problems of controlling growth responsibly while allowing for economic development and job growth."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have the experience and the integrity to continue to represent District 1 with an independent voice in Congress."

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