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*Anthony J. Ambridge

Age: 41

Neighborhood: Wyman Park.

Occupation: City Council member.

Education: University of Maryland, 1969-1972; University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, B.S., pharmacy and management science, 1972-1973.

Experience in community groups, activities: Chairman of City Council Land Use and Labor committees; member of Baltimore Planning Commission, Baltimore Regional Council of Governments and Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Commission; past president of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse Inc., member of Governor's Council on Homelessness and many community groups.

Other political offices: No response.

Most significant issue: We must improve public education, reduce crime and lower property taxes. In particular, quality education will ultimately encourage economic development; it is the key to our future. Our schools will only be improved through an increased investment by all state residents, and by the empowerment of parents and teachers through school restructuring.

Paige McKinley Beckwith

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Peter Beilenson

Age: 31

Neighborhood: Guilford.

Occupation: Public health physician with Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1981; Emory University School Aof Medicine, M.D., 1987; Johns Hopkins University, M.P.H., 1990.

Experience in community groups, activities: Public health physician in city clinics in East Baltimore; board of managers, Kernewood Community Association; co-chair, Harbel Youth Services Advisory Council.

Other political offices: No response.

Most significant issue: Maintaining and improving the quality of life in the city. We need to redirect our priorities toward preventive programs that address many of the problems facing the district and city -- crime, inadequate education, deteriorating housing. It is only by trying to intervene before these and other problems worsen that we will be able to improve the quality of life in the city.

Paula Johnson Branch

Age: No response.

Neighborhood: Berea.

Occupation: Entrepreneur.

Education: Three years of college with a major in business administration.

Experience in community groups, activities: Community activist for 20 years and community organizer to City Hall administrator; chairwoman, Berea Task Force; founder, Berea Outreach Center; chairwoman, East Baltimore Community Corp.; treasurer and former chairwoman, Eastern District Police Community Relations Council; recipient of numerous awards and citations for community service.

Other political offices: Now serving third elected term on Democratic State Central Committee, 45th Legislative District.

Most significant issue: The most significant issue facing my constituents is drug trafficking and the crime, health and other problems associated with it. If elected, I would continue to work closely with the Police Department, city service agencies, churches, businesses and community residents in formulating programs and strategies to address these concerns, and to seek financial and other resources needed to support all efforts.

Kevin Brown

Age: 31

Neighborhood: Mount Vernon.

Occupation: Press representative for Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts.

Education: Villa Julie College, 1978-1981; University of Baltimore, Experience in community groups, activities: Board member, Baltimore School for the Arts; member, Sexual Assault Recovery Center, Teen Outreach Program of the Junior League, Minority Arts Coalition of Maryland. Over the years, a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Kennedy Institute for Handicapped Children, House of Ruth and HERO, among others.

Other political offices: None.

Most significant issue: Further reducing local property tax rates and increasing police patrol in neighborhoods. I'd support 2nd District homeowners associations, emphasizing self-empowerment and examining the disproportionate taxation of real property in the city; also, the increase in crime mandates the evaluation and strategizing of public safety and improved resources in neighborhoods.

Leonard E. Cannady

Age: 51

Neighborhood: Kenwood.

Occupation: Political consultant for Eastwin Consultant Agency.

Education: High school graduate.

Experience in community groups, activities: Eastern District & Police Community Relations Council, Optimist Club of East Baltimore, Lakewood & Chase Community Association, Eastside Trash Busters.

Other political offices: Democratic State Central Committee, 45th Legislative District, 1982-1986.

Most significant issue: A rebuilding of large portions of the inner city is overdue, a massive redirection of funds away from downtown. The neglect of the inner city has produced a breeding ground for crime. A migration tax needs to be studied to halt the middle class from deserting the city.

Pamela Carter

Age: 37

Neighborhood: Oliver.

Occupation: Liaison representative and drug-prevention specialist.

Education: Coppin State College, B.S., social science/political science; M.S., rehabilitation counseling.

Experience in community groups, activities: Madison Square Community Association and Dunbar PTA.

Other political offices: Democratic State Central Committee, 1990.

Most significant issue: To address the problem of the property tax rate in Baltimore City. Baltimore's property tax rate is twice as high as that of the surrounding subdivisions. A citywide payroll tax would be an alternative in reducing the property tax, ,, provided the General Assembly would grant the City Council an enabling power.

Beatrice Gaddy

Age: 58

Neighborhood: Butchers Hill.

Occupation: Part-time staff member at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Education: Antioch University.

Experience in community groups, activities: Member, Order of the Eastern Star and Butchers Hill Community Association.

Other political offices: None.

Most significant issue: Addressing the needs of people to find resources, making people self-supporting; seeking a tax system that would encourage people to come back to the city; making first-time drug offenses a felony.

Michael Jankowski

Age: 34

Neighborhood: Oakenshawe.

Occupation: Owner of retail drapery and carpet business, JMJ Interiors.

Education: Loyola College, 1975-1977; University of Maryland at College Park, B.A., economics, 1980-1982; University of Baltimore law school, J.D., 1982-1985.

Experience in community groups, activities: Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters; second vice president and housing committee chairman of Oakenshawe Improvement Association.

Other political offices: No response.

Most significant issue: The poor performance of our public school system must be reversed. Many people who are committed to city life leave the city when their children reach school age. Involving parents, teachers, principals and neighborhood groups in school decisions and downsizing the central school bureaucracy will lead to improvement.

@Sarah Louise Matthews

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Donna Beth Joy Shapiro

Age: 32

Neighborhood: Charles Village.

Occupation: Owner, Old Waverly History Exchange & Tea Room.

Education: University of Baltimore, B.A., 1980; master's in public administration, 1982.

Experience in community groups, activities: President, Baltimore Art Deco Society; second vice president, Baltimore Heritage; member, Charles Village Civic Association.

Other political offices: No response.

Most significant issue: We must improve Baltimore's tax base, ,, through homeownership and responsible development, to pay for better schools, safer, cleaner streets and other essentials. To encourage homeownership and development, I would, as a full-time councilwoman, work to lower property taxes and car insurance rates and to improve the quality of city living.

*Carl Stokes

Age: 41

Neighborhood: Oliver.

Occupation: City Council member.

Education: Loyola High School and Loyola College, English major.

Experience in community groups, activities: Chairman of the board, East End Democratic Forum; chairman, Association of Sickle Cell Services -- Education, Research and Treatment; co-founder, Baltimore Basketball Association in East Baltimore; co-chairman, Mayor's AIDS Coordinating Council; board member, Quarter Way House, Man Alive, Brotherhood Outreach Inc., American Diabetes Association-Maryland chapter, Dental Health Advisory Committee of Baltimore Health Department; past president, Kirk Field Sports Authority; member, St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development strategy team, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Loyola High School board of trustees, Mayor's Mental Health Advisory Board, Mayor's Downtown Planning Strategy Committee, National Association of Counties Health Steering Committee, Baltimore City Council African-American Coalition, New Democratic Club-2, Urban Services Agency, Clarence "Crip" Smith Academic Sports Camp Scholarship Fund, Chesapeake AIDS Foundation Advisory Board, Leadership Advisory Committee of Baltimore City Health Department. On City Council, chairman, subcommittee on health; vice chairman, Urban and Intergovernmental Affairs and Legislative Investigations; member, Judiciary, Housing and Executive Appointments committees.

Other political offices: n/a.

Most significant issue: Education: teachers teaching and students learning. We must have smaller classes, a safe environment, rezoning that makes sense for the students and the neighborhoods, a learning atmosphere with high expectations of our students, and let's reward the teachers and principals who do well. Education should be the entire city's top priority.

Bernard C. Young

Age: 37

Neighborhood: Middle East.

Occupation: Clerical group leader, Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Education: Northern High School, Class of 1973; attended Community College of Baltimore, 1990.

Experience in community groups, activities: Board member, East End Forum; past president, Progressive Democrats of Baltimore; founding member, Broadway Development Foundation; founder, Bernard C. Young Scholarship Award, Dunbar High School; vice president, PTO at Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School.

Other political offices: n/a.

Most significant issue: There are many issues that face the community and need to be discussed so that we can collectively decide on actions to address those issues. I firmly believe that the current inability to foster an educational system geared to the demands of the community and job market requirements of the 21st century is the most demanding issue of the constituents of the community I am prepared to represent.


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