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Candidate name: Anne M. McCarthy

Place of residence: Baltimore

Date of birth: Aug. 28, 1958

Place of birth: Chicago

Current occupation: Associate professor of management; dean of the Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore (until June 30)

Education: Ph.D., strategic management, Purdue University, 1992; MBA, University of Connecticut,1986; B.A. in economics, Georgetown University, 1980

Community⁄professional associations: Leadership Council, American Diabetes Association of Central Maryland; executive committee, Maryland Business Council; Network 2000; Leadership Baltimore graduate; board member, Dunbar Armored; Academy of Management; Organization Behavior Teaching Society; Georgetown Alumni Club of Maryland; Center Club

Campaign office, telephone: 1817 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231, 410-327-3200

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What are your top three priorities for the next four years, if elected?

*Tax relief for working families

*Progressive tax policies that encourage business development and growth

*Pension strategies that secure Marylanders’ retirement futures

How would you rate the performance of the incumbent comptroller: excellent, good, fair or poor? Why?

Performance of incumbent comptroller: fair. Why? On the positive side, he has maintained Maryland’s triple A bond rating and improved collection of taxes. However, he did not vote for tax relief for Marylanders.

How much money do you want to spend on school construction, and where will you find that money?

I support the Governor’s initiative in terms of school construction. As an educator and dean of a public university, I understand the need to keep our public school system competitive. The recent budget surplus should enable the state to allocate adequate funding to school construction.

Is the rate of growth in Maryland too fast, too slow or about right, and why?

Growth on a number of fronts is very positive in Maryland. Business growth and employment under the Ehrlich administration is moving in the right direction; and as comptroller I will support future growth in this area. Population growth is also positive, but we need to balance it with preserving our natural resources and open spaces.

Do you support slot machines for Maryland? If so, why? If not, why?

I believe that Maryland should approve the entire range of gaming options beyond slots. This will help Maryland compete with neighboring states and preserve the horse industry in Maryland, which is an important part of our heritage and economy.

Do you have confidence in the state’s voting machines for the upcoming election?

Yes, I have confidence in the state’s voting machines

Do you favor mandatory electronic tax filing?

Not at the moment. While I favor electronic tax filing, we need to address access issues before we can make it mandatory