Mary Garvey *

Age: 51

Residence: Owings.

Education: BS, medical technology, and MS, clinical pathology, University of Maryland.

Occupation: Medical technologist, Calvert Memorial Hospital.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Calvert County Board of Education, 1996-present; member, Maryland Association of Boards of Education; chairman, American Red Cross blood drives at Jesus the Good Shepherd Church; member, Owings and Dunkirk community associations; member, PTA; member, Learning Disability Association; member, Calvert County Republican Club; member, League of Women Voters.

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

"The most urgent problem facing Calvert County continues to be growth and funding. Even as our rate of growth slows, it is still between 2 and 3 percent. Our assessable wealth continues to rise, thus causing Calvert to qualify for fewer federal and state dollars. The demands of No Child Left Behind, the state's master plan, the Voluntary State Curriculum, HSA, MSA, all-day kindergarten, accountability, assessment and data analysis place additional strains on both the capital and operational budgets. Recruitment, retention and continuing education for teachers are essential for a quality school system."

Why should voters elect you?

"Voters should elect me because I am committed to high educational standards; safe schools; quality teachers and staff; parent and community involvement; and funding of education budgets."

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James Louis Parent

Age: 64

Residence: Chesapeake Beach.

Education: BS, education, and ME, geography, West Chester University; EdD, Nova Southeastern University.

Occupation: Retired administrator, Calvert County public schools, including principal of Northern High School, Calvert High School and Calvert Career Center.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Chesapeake Beach Town Council, 1988-2000; chairman, Chesapeake Beach Planning and Zoning Commission; chairman, Chesapeake Beach Comprehesive Plan Committee.

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

"Allocation of resources, both human and financial, within the school system. The need for high academic and ethical standards for all students. Smaller class size."

Why should voters elect you?

"My experience in the system gives me a unique and significant insight, which would enhance the decision-making process of the school board."

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E-mail address:

jparent@chesapeake.net