John P. Sarbanes -- U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd District

Maryland votes 2006

August 25, 2006

Date of birth: May 20, 1962.

Party affiliation: Democratic

Professional background:

Chairman of health care practice at Venable LLP; former special assistant at the State Department of Education; 16-year board member of the nonprofit Public Justice Center.

Education background: Princeton University, 1984; Fulbright Scholarship for study in Greece; Harvard Law School, 1988.

Personal: Born and raised in Baltimore. Live in Towson area with wife, Dina, and three children. Attend Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore; with family, active in Bolton Street Synagogue.

FOR THE RECORD - A campaign profile of John P. Sarbanes, a Democratic candidate for Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, should have said that he supports the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq within the next 6 to 12 months.
The Sun regrets the error.

1) Why are you running?

My decision to run for Congress begins with my family. My grandparents' journey from Greece to America was one of hope, determination, and, ultimately, success. They made a life for their family and gave back to this country in a myriad of ways. What America gave to them, it can give to all its citizens, if our leaders dedicate themselves to principles of fairness and opportunity. I'm running to be one of those leaders.

2.) What is your position on current U.S. policy in Iraq?

We need to cut through George Bush's rhetoric about the insurgency being in "the last throes," with honest reasonableness and rationality. I believe a phased withdrawal of American troops should begin as soon as possible and be completed within the next 12 to 18 months. To this end, we must train Iraqi police, offer the international community a role in the reconstruction effort, and give consideration to any and all political solutions that might avoid civil war.

3.) What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan and possible changes?

Let's fix the disastrous Medicare Part D drug benefit by eliminating the dreaded doughnut hole and by giving the U.S. government the power to bargain directly with the pharmaceutical industry for lower prices. Congress should also redesign the program so that it is administered by Medicare rather than functioning as a subsidy to commercial plans that carry high administrative costs and devote more energy to denying payment than ensuring coverage.

4.) What is the most important issue facing residents?

Strengthening our communities so that we can feel safe, secure and confident in the exercise of our daily lives. Democrats must be a voice for seniors who deserve a strong Social Security; for working adults who seek a good job, affordable health care, and a decent pension; for children who need a world-class education; and for the poor, who need no favors, just a chance to stake their claim to the American dream.

Editor's note: Information in this profile was gathered from responses to a questionnaire sent by The Sun to candidates.

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