Sam Shropshire (D)

Age: 57

Residence: Annapolis.

Education: BA, education, Shelton College; Russian language studies, University of Central Florida; Asian studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Occupation: Executive director, the Simplicity Forum.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Annapolis Democratic Central Committee, 1997-05; former executive director, Project Friendship; founding father, Maritime Republic of Eastport; past president, Love & Action; former executive director, Christian Solidarity International.

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

"Annapolis Ward 7 residents are regularly challenged by traffic jams on Route 50, Aris T. Allen Boulevard and Forest Drive. Evening and weekend traffic on Forest Drive is worsened by downtown residents attempting to avoid backed-up Route 50 traffic due to congested Severn River Bridge and Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Maryland must move quickly ahead with a new bridge link to the Eastern Shore that, by some estimates, will relieve 69 percent of the traffic on Route 50 through Annapolis. A moratorium on annexations to the city and soundly implemented smart growth and development along Forest Drive are also necessary."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am energetic and live and work in Annapolis's Ward 7. I have an extensive 18-year achievement record serving my community, local families and individuals."

Web site:

www.friendsofsamcampaign.com

E-mail address:

sam@friendsofsamcampaign.com

Laura Townsend (R)

Age: 39

Residence: Bay Ridge.

Education: BA, communications and political science, Goucher College; attended Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University; writing program, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts.

Occupation: Manager, fundraising research, Catholic Relief Services.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Annapolis Republican Central Committee; former member, Anne Arundel County Young Republicans; former council member, Maritime Republic of Eastport; former director, Annapolis Jaycees.

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

"The most prescient issues are traffic and annexation. Rampant development, compounded by a lack of communication between the city and the county, has resulted in numerous problems: roads choked with traffic, safety hazards for responding emergency vehicles and huge demands on the sewage/water capacity and area schools. Every aspect of life in this area is impacted by the current administration's development strategy, which does not emphasize coordination and the compound impact of multiple developments, but rather seems to focus on each project, one at a time. The resulting hodgepodge presents a sprawl that detracts from our quality of life."

Why should voters elect you?

"My considerable involvement in city issues, my resolve against annexation that exacerbates the traffic problem and my commitment to open, honest government."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

l_elion@yahoo.com