James A. Golato

Age: 47

Residence: Bowie.

Education: BS, business administration, Greensboro College; MBA, University of Phoenix, Timonium, Md.

Occupation: Liquor inspector, Prince Georges County Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Control Board).

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Bowie Advisory Planning Board; officer, Knights of Columbus; former member, Bowie Economic Development Committee; former member, Gov. William Donald Schaefer's Route 301/50 Task Force; past president, Bowie Kiwanis; past president, Chesapeake Toastmasters.

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

"The police department issue is most important, but we must not ignore other important issues. Our continuous expansion through annexation is straining our resources. We must improve public works, fire and ambulance response times, keep taxes low and improve intra-city transportation, especially for disabled and aged individuals who find it difficult getting around Bowie to attend doctors, pick up medicine and purchase food.

We must maintain our green environment and increase athletic, recreational and cultural venues.

A smaller city meeting the needs of its residents is the ideal we should seek. Bigger for its own sake is not better."

Why should voters elect you?

"Crime, traffic and taxes have increased while land has vanished. Are we better off today than a decade ago? It's time for new leadership."

Web site:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GoGoGolato/

E-mail address:

JamesGolato@fromBowie.com

Jack D. Jenkins *

Age: 66

Residence: Bowie.

Education: BA, business, University of Miami.

Occupation: Council member, mayor pro tem, City of Bowie; film and television actor, Screen Actors Guild member; retired, U.S. Department of State, President's Senior Executive Service.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member and mayor pro tem, Bowie City Council, 1984-present; member, Hall of Fame, Maryland Municipal League, 2004; member, Elks; former chairman, Prince George's County personnel board; former member, Metropolitan Development Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; former member, Governor's International Division Private Sector advisory council; former member, Bowie Economic Development Committee; former board member, Belair Town Community Association.

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

"The paramount ballot issue before Bowie voters will be a proposal to create a Bowie police department. While I support this proposal, having worked hard to ensure that voters have a voice in deciding this issue, if reelected, I will carry out their wishes as expressed on Nov. 8. Our citizens want to see the city continue to fulfill its primary responsibility and do what it does best: provide efficient and effective basic city services. Beyond that, continuing to seek dependable electric service, addressing growth issues and continuing the pursuit of commercial revitalization are among our current challenges."

Why should voters elect you?

"I bring a municipal management record of nearly 22 years of demonstrated responsiveness and fiscal restraint to the new city council."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

triad3@visi.net

Diane M. Polangin

Age: 57

Residence: Bowie.

Education: None given.

Occupation: Owner/operator, Total Tax Service.

Elected offices/civic activities: Legislative chair, Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce; secretary, City of Bowie Community Outreach Committee; youth mentor, Bowie High School and Huntington Community Center; organizer, clothing and food drives for displaced homemakers; national secretary, Business and Professional Women USA;

chief financial officer, Maryland Business and Professional Women's Education Foundation; treasurer, Mary Conroy campaign for state delegate; treasurer, Oden Bowie Political Club; treasurer and trustee, Calvary Baptist Church; former host, cable television women's talk show.

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

"The most urgent issue for District 2, as well as our city, is to promote a stronger and more viable tax base in order to have the capability of providing increased services, including police, fire/EMS, health, transportation and other specialized constituent services, demanded by a growing and diverse city. Increased commercial density and integration of mixed uses for existing under-utilized and developing commercial centers are necessary to remove an excessive tax burden for existing and proposed residential development. The city must take a more aggressive and proactive role in defining its future growth potentials."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have broad experience in complex business, finance and development enterprises. I have the vision and straightforward, no-nonsense approach to guide the city's future."

Web site:

www.Polangin4council.com

E-mail address:

Polangin4council@aol.com