William Donald Schaefer
Date of birth: Nov. 2, 1921
Party affiliation: Democrat
Professional background: Comptroller of Maryland, 1999-present; governor of Maryland, 1987-1995; mayor of Baltimore, 1971-1986; president, Baltimore City Council, 1967-1971; member, Baltimore City Council, 1955-1971.
Education: Master of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law; recipient of 15 honorary degrees.
If you were faced with a choice between supporting an unpalatable increase in the state property tax and protecting Maryland's AAA bond rating, as Board of Public Works members were in 2003, how would you vote? If faced with the same set of circumstances as in 2003, yes, I would vote to increase the state property tax. In that year, Maryland was faced with a severe budgetary shortfall. It is essential that we preserve the state's AAA bond rating. I will always do what is necessary in order to protect it.