Gail Booker Jones *

Age: 48

Residence: Woodmore Highlands.

Education: BS, University of Maryland; JD, Duquesne University School of Law.

Occupation: Attorney / division director, USDA.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Bowie City Council, 2002-present; commissioner, Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays; member, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board; member, Maryland Municipal League; member, Prince George's County Municipal Association; past president, Woodmore Highlands Homeowner Association, 1997-2002; past president, Ernest Everett Just Middle School PTA; past board member, Bowie Cable Television.

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

"Excessive development within the city, which has directly contributed to the road congestion throughout the city and the overcrowding of our schools. In this regard, careful attention must be paid to the proposed development of 866 houses at the Maryland Science and Technology Center (Melford property) and additional housing at the racetrack property. We must be more vigilant and proactive with the county regarding further development that continues to erode the city's infrastructure. In addition, in view of our fragile infrastructure, we must be very cautious regarding any further decisions to approve additional annexation of properties within the city."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have the courage to act in the face of adversity, the wisdom to recognize when negotiation is necessary and the vision to lead."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

bookerjones4bowie@yahoo.com

Todd M. Turner

Age: 38

Residence: Covington.

Education: BA, government and law/history, Lafayette College; JD, City University of New York Law School.

Occupation: Director of constituent services, Douglas J.J. Peters, 4th District, Prince George's County Council.

Elected offices/civic activities: Co-chairman, City of Bowie Diversity Committee; member, City of Bowie Strategic Plan focus group; secretary, Citizens Association of South Bowie; past president, Covington Recreation Association; member, planning and development board of the Prince George's County YMCA; member, community advisory committee to the county's Redevelopment Authority; member, Tulip Grove PTA; volunteer, Bowie Emergency Aid Fund; volunteer, Prince George's Christmas in April program.

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

"The City of Bowie is facing the important question on the November ballot: whether to undertake the responsibility and expense of our own police department. I believe that public safety is the primary responsibility of government. I support the establishment of a Bowie police force. If elected, I will carry out the will of the citizens of Bowie in a manner that is both fiscally prudent and provides the best police services we expect as a city. I believe that the city can control our own destiny and maintain the quality of life that we currently enjoy."

Why should voters elect you?

"I bring over 10 years of government experience and service to work to address the important issues facing the 3rd Council District and our city."

Web site:

www.turnerforcouncil.org

E-mail address:

todd@turnerforcouncil.org