IN ADDITION to the nationally watched race for Congress in Maryland's 8th District and three House contests in the neighboring Virginia suburbs, a number of other contests for Congress and statewide office in Maryland merit special attention in this region. Over the years the bipartisan regional congressional caucus members have worked exceptionally well together, along with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, on areas of mutual interest. The House members we already have endorsed for reelection -- Maryland's Constance A. Morella and Virginia's Frank R. Wolf and Thomas M. Davis III -- have coordinated frequently and well with other colleagues from Maryland: Republican Wayne T. Gilchrest in District 1 and Democrats Albert R. Wynn in District 4 and Steny H. Hoyer in District 5.

Not all of these House members reflect our views on national or international matters; in this last Congress, for example, Mr. Davis and Mr. Wynn both worked against true campaign reform, supporting provisions designed to kill the bill in conference. Thanks to a bipartisan coalition that included Reps. Wolf, Gilchrest, Hoyer and Morella, with particularly skillful management on the floor by Mr. Hoyer, the destructive measures were rejected.

Mr. Gilchrest's support of gun safety measures and efforts to control Chesapeake water pollution have been important to the region. Mr. Wynn continues to enjoy the benefit of a Republican challenger who does not have the support of GOP leaders in the district. Mr. Hoyer, who also faces minimal opposition, knows how to get things done in the House, even when his party is in the minority. His constant attention to constituent service has included the delivery of federal facilities, jobs and personal assistance.

On the ballot statewide, Democratic Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. remains a vigorous foe of big tobacco interests, a consumer advocate and a leading supporter of sensible curbs on the flow of firearms to criminals. His low-key administrative style and openness have made him a popular statewide figure. Another popular figure, with a different high-profile, upfront style, is the state's knowledgeable comptroller, Democrat and former governor William Donald Schaefer. His financial expertise is exceptional and truly needed as a new governor and legislature grope to close an enormous revenue gap.