Education: BA, Dartmouth College; JD, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
Occupation: President, Berliner Law.
Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Montgomery County Council, 2006-present; board member, Bethesda Green; board member, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; board member, Search for Common Ground; host, "Search for Common Ground in Montgomery County," Montgomery Community Television; trustee, Maryland Democratic Party; member, council of advisers, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.
What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"Our budget. We have not been on a sustainable course. We grew too fast in the good times, and now we are struggling to cut fast enough when the bottom fell out. We have relied too long on increasing taxes, and now we must do the hard work of cutting back, consolidating services and growing our tax base. This year we made a good start: We cut the most in the modern era; we adopted responsible fiscal policies; and we retained our coveted AAA bond rating. We must continue this work and create a climate where businesses can thrive."
Why should voters elect you?
"The Post, Sierra Club, teachers, small-business owners, Sen. Cardin, Gov. O'Malley and County Executive Leggett all agree: I have been hardworking on your behalf."