Kwame R. Brown (D)

Age: 34

Residence: Hillcrest.

Education: BA, marketing, Morgan State University; Advanced Minority Business Executive Program, Dartmouth College.

Occupation: President/chief executive, Maryland/D.C. Minority Supplier Development Council.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chair, Committee on Boards and Commissions, Ward 7 Democrats; board member, D.C. Children's Trust Fund; legislative committee co-chair, Hillcrest Civic Association; member, Fully Funding D.C. Public Schools Coalition.

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

"The quality of our public school system is the most important issue facing the District. One-third of District children are born into poverty. Our children are entitled to a quality public education. The dysfunction of our schools currently presents our youth and our residents with no hope, no options and

no opportunities. Until we give our youth hope for the future, keep them in school and graduate them into college or with employable skills, we will continue to fail at reducing crime and revitalizing our neighborhoods. Our children's quality of life will determine our city's future."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am a native Washingtonian who will work full time, using new energy and new ideas, to bring real solutions to everyday problems facing District residents."

Web site:

www.votekwamebrown.org

E-mail address:

votekwamebrown@aol.com

A.D. 'Tony' Dominguez (I)

Age: 50

Residence: Columbia Heights.

Education: BA, criminology and justice administration, Sacred Heart University, Puerto Rico; ROTC, military science, University of Puerto Rico.

Occupation: Social service representative, D.C. Department of Human Services.

Elected offices/civic activities: Volunteer for several area nonprofit, faith-based agencies; former member, Parent Teacher Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Reserve Officer Association, Conservative Network; member, American Legion, AFSCME Local 2401, Holy Family Catholic Church.

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

"The biggest challenges for our city are sound fiscal management, drastic improvements in the educational system, equitable economic development, safer neighborhoods for our family and affordable health care and housing for the poor and vulnerable. Restoration of faith in the District's government that requires a reform of the system to serve better, with fair and equitable treatment of all citizens and accountability from management and staff of all agencies. The lack of accessibility to elected officials by the common citizen. The need to work diligently not simply to benefit ourselves but to provide a better life for generations to come."

Why should voters elect you?

"My combined 22 years of public service for the city speaks for itself. I am a proven, tested and committed leader."

Web site:

www.dominguezfordc.com

E-mail address:

dominguez4dc@aol.com

Laurent Ross (STG)

Age: 50

Residence: Petworth.

Education: BA, Latin American studies, American University; master of information sciences, George Washington University.

Occupation: College savings program manager, Calvert Group.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board member, D.C. Youth Orchestra; treasurer, John Eaton Afterschool Program; member, Local School Restructuring Team at Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Garnett-Patterson Middle School, Banneker High School and John Eaton Elementary School.

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

"The most important issue in this election is health. I think the incumbent, Carol Schwartz, is bad for your health: 1. Ms. Schwartz is chair of the committee that oversees the Water and Sewer Authority; she was asleep at the wheel during the whole lead-in-our-water crisis. 2. Ms. Schwartz blocked legislation in her committee that would ban smoking in all workplaces and make D.C. into a smoke-free city. 3. Ms. Schwartz is supporting George W. Bush, one of the worst presidents for the health of D.C. residents and all Americans."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have a proven record as the first director of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program. We increased college attendance by 27 percent in D.C."

Web site:

www.votelaurentross.org

E-mail address:

info@votelaurentross.org

Carol Schwartz (R)*

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 1985-89, chair of council Committee on Public Works and the Environment; Ward 3 representative, D.C. Board of Education, 1974-82; 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:

www.carol2004.com

E-mail address:

carol@carol2004.com