Doug Burkhardt (R)

Age: 47

Residence: Murray Hill, Annapolis.

Education: BS, political science, Frostburg State University; completed graduate courses, accounting and business administration, University of Maryland.

Occupation: President, the Monticello Group.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman, the Sharing Foundation; founder, Dialogue With City Leaders speaker series; member, Historic Annapolis Foundation, Ward 1 Residents Association and Murray Hill Residents Association; volunteer, Spa Creek Conservancy, GreenScape, Salvation Army and St. Mary's Church; supporter, Annapolis Area Ministries Inc.; board member, New Phoenix Atlantic Condominium Association.

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

"Our quality of life is diminishing. Unchecked development, violent crime, disorganized parking policies, poor traffic planning and sediment runoff all negatively impact our community. With our increased city budget, up 30 percent in five years, we already have more than enough resources to address these issues and protect our quality of life. I believe we need a transparent budget process and a government that cannot be compromised by special interests. I believe issues such as 2 a.m. liquor licenses, high-rise residential growth and the Market House are examples of decisions that could be improved by a more transparent government process."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will represent the citizens of Ward 1 without consideration to special interests. I'm not aligned with the mayor nor funded by the mayor's organization."

Web site:

www.VoteDougBurkhardt.com

E-mail address:

doug@votedougburkhardt.com

Richard E. Israel (D)

Age: 62

Residence: Murray Hill, Annapolis.

Education: BA, political science, University of the South, Sewanee; bachelor of law degree, Washington and Lee University; MA, Oxford University.

Occupation: Retired assistant attorney general, legislative office, Maryland Attorney General's Office.

Elected offices/civic activities: President, past vice president and board member, Murray Hill Residents Association; member, Annapolis Historic District Commission; chair, Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections.

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

"The single most important issue is a commitment to responsive, open government. My record in civic life (see Web site) demonstrates a willingness to listen, to understand other viewpoints and to seek consensus without compromising basic principles. This is the essence of responsive government. Equally important is knowledge of the law, how to find it and how to use it for the benefit of the community. My 25 years in the Attorney General's Office has given me this capability. Finally, my campaign and my views on the issues reflect a strong commitment to open and accountable government."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have the knowledge and experience to effectively represent Ward 1 on the City Council. Being retired, I also have the time."

Web site:

www.richardisrael.org

E-mail address:

israel.ward1@verizon.net