Classie Gillis Hoyle (D)* *
Education: BA, science education, MS, biology, Morgan State University; PhD, science education and higher education administration, and postdoctoral study in epidemiology, University of Iowa.
Occupation: Alderwoman; retired university administrator.
Elected offices/civic activities: Alderwoman, Ward 3, Annapolis City Council, 2001-present; member, Parole Neighborhood Watch; board member, YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County; past chair, A Tribute to Women of Color; board member, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Inc.; past officer, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; advisory council member, Mount Olive Community Development Corp.; member, NAACP.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"I think the most urgent issue is getting our residents to recognize education as a top priority and get involved in the educational process. Education lifts everything. When family members get involved in our school system, student achievement increases, attendance increases and discipline problems diminish. Education lifts us out of poverty by enabling us to find better jobs, increase our self-esteem and thereby increase our standard of living. When we become educated, our values change and we understand and appreciate going to college, career advancement, home ownership and all the other aspirations of the American dream."
Why should voters elect you?
"I will continue to be successful in identifying needs and implementing solutions to uplift my community, as I have in the past."