BRAC among top issues in District 34A

September 03, 2006

Jerome Foster

Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1951 Party affiliation: Democrat Professional experience: Retired Army warrant officer Education: Dundalk High School; Columbia College, Mo. Personal: Married; six children; wife is also a retired veteran. What is the most important issue facing Harford County?

The most important issue facing Harford County is BRAC; this initiative will transform the fiber of the county and have an effect on education, transportation, law enforcement, the business community and every other aspect of the county. What statewide issue would you seek to address as a delegate in coming sessions?

I am eager to address the issue of education, crime and the environment. How can Harford's delegation help the county deal with issues related to growth associated with expansion at Aberdeen Proving Ground?

The Harford delegation must become an intricate part of the decision making process for BRAC at APG. In that the process has excluded the general public in the initial stages of the plans for BRAC, the delegation must step up to the plate to represent the constituents of their respective districts. Also, the delegation must lobby the state for assistance in providing the expertise that is needed to make this sweeping initiative a successful transition for the county. Much has been made of the need for school construction funding. Is the present delegation equipped to help the county meet that need?

I don't think that the current delegation is equipped to deal with the needs of the county. Harford County has the opportunity to become a national leader in public education but, we must think out of the box. Schools should be designed to incorporate the use of alternative energy sources. The county would begin to realize a cost savings in energy consumption and at the same time begin to truly address environmental issues as totally encompassing initiatives. This will also introduce our students at an early age, to the need for alternative energy sources and inspire the students to seek solutions to our dependence on fossil fuel. It could be the impetus for inventive methods to make alternative energy sources more cost effective and viable. This is part of my broader initiative to improve public education and make our schools a bastion for excellence in quality education and inventive thinking.

Mark Franz

Date of birth: July, 25, 1957 Party affiliation: Democrat Professional experience: Artist, musician, writer, actor; operations manager for First Harford Square Community Education: Edgewood High School Personal: From an Army family; grandfather was councilman and mayor of Pitman, N.J.; member, Edgewood Community Council What is the most important issue facing Harford County?

Narcotics-fueled crime and its deterioration of our citizens' quality of life is our gravest concern. Hands down. If it isn't handled here on the U.S. 40 corridor, it will continue to gain momentum and spread throughout Harford County. What statewide issue would you seek to address as a delegate in coming sessions?

Criminal penalty legislation, including stricter sentencing guidelines that will limit plea bargains; waste-to-energy plant legislation to require the energy from Edgewood's and all future facilities to be put into the public grid instead of bled off as it is now; a Youth/Young Adult Job and Character Building Program. We have too few jobs in Edgewood for able-bodied people. There are young people who need society's help. How can Harford's delegation help the county deal with issues related to growth associated with expansion at Aberdeen Proving Ground?

The infrastructure of our entire system will need to be expanded to absorb the housing, traffic and education/public services of the BRAC action. The federal government must allocate a fair share of the funds. They closed the bases.

Much has been made of the need for school construction funding. Is the present delegation equipped to help the county meet that need?

We are currently planning on tearing down two major high schools in Harford when we should be building two additional high schools. If the old schools are that bad, OK, but they are working. We should be building the two new ones now. I must say that present efforts are falling short.

Mary-Dulany James

Incumbent Date of Birth: Feb. 1, 1960 Party affiliation: Democrat Professional experience: Elected to the House of Delegates in 1998; own and manage family farm; small town attorney in Harford County Education: Havre de Grace High School; University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland School of Law Personal: Married, three children. Raised and lived in Harford County my entire life. What is the most important issue facing Harford County?

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