Patsy Allen (Green)

Age: 46

Residence: Towson.

Education: Bachelor of engineering sciences, environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University.

Occupation: General permits specialist, Maryland Department of the Environment.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board member, Cromwell Valley Community Supported Agriculture; member, Baltimore County Greens; life member, Sierra Club.

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

"The most urgent problem in my district is a lack of fiscal responsibility and accountability on the part of our leaders. The administration has gotten us into serious deficit spending while neglecting major social obligations but plans to continue its current program of war in Iraq, tax breaks for our wealthiest citizens and insufficient funding for basic services. The No Child Left Behind Act has increased requirements for public schools without adding funding; more working Americans are without health care for themselves and their families; and more families are relying upon food banks to supplement their resources."

Why should voters elect you?

"The Green values of social justice, nonviolence, environmental wisdom and grass-roots democracy will benefit all Americans and restore people's trust and participation in their government."

Web site:

www.mdgreensforcongress.org

E-mail address:

patsyallen@mdgreens.org

Benjamin L. Cardin (D)*

Age: 61

Residence: Pikesville.

Education: BA, economics, University of Pittsburgh; JD, University of Maryland.

Occupation: Congressman.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-present; speaker, Maryland House of Delegates, 1979-86, member, 1967-86; trustee, Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, Goucher College, St. Mary's College; advisory council member, University of Maryland.

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

"From those suffering from mental illness on our streets to families working two or three low-wage jobs but dependent on emergency rooms for care, we see the direct impact of the tens of millions of under-insured or uninsured Americans. But there are vast hidden costs: from higher costs for any available insurance, to greater health costs for patients seeking care too late, to pharmaceutical companies' ability to charge individual buyers excessively. Comprehensive coverage assured by the federal government will help every American and is essential to our goal of providing the best affordable health care in the world."

Why should voters elect you?

"Whether pursuing pension law reform or restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, I have a proven record of working in a bipartisan manner to enact legislation."

Web site:

www.cardinforcongress.com

E-mail address:

rep.cardin@mail.house.gov

Robert P. Duckworth (R)

Age: 64

Residence: Crofton.

Education: BA, political science, and MA, regional and urban planning, Catholic University; paralegal degree, Anne Arundel Community College.

Occupation: Clerk of the Circuit Court, Anne Arundel County.

Elected offices/civic activities: Clerk of the Circuit Court, Anne Arundel County, 1994-2004; member, past president, Crofton Civic Association; former board member, Bowie Health Center; former member, YMCA of Anne Arundel County; member, past secretary, Crofton Kiwanis Club; member, Crofton Chamber of Commerce; former assistant scoutmaster, Crofton Boy Scout Troop 115; former coach, Crofton Interleague baseball, basketball.

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

"Maryland's 3rd Congressional District lacks a congressman dedicated to building a future for the next generation. It lacks a congressman in touch with constituent hopes and dreams, like secure jobs and retirement prospects; a tax-friendly business climate; access to quality and equal education, especially in Baltimore; affordable health insurance and housing; and a clean Chesapeake Bay. It lacks a congressman who will protect taxpayers, preserve families and promote small businesses. The incumbent, in office 18 years, holds on to big government as the solution rather than the problem in serving our constituents."

Why should voters elect you?

"I'll build a future for the next generation as a citizen legislator with fiscal common sense, not as a tax-raising career congressman like the incumbent."

Web site:

www.DuckworthforCongress.com

E-mail address:

None given.