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Ike Leggett (D)*

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ike Leggett (D)*

Age: 61

Residence: Burtonsville.

Education: BA, Southern University; MA, JD, Howard University; LLM, George Washington University.

Occupation: County executive, Montgomery County.

Elected offices/civic activities: Montgomery county executive, 2006-present; member, County Council, 1986-2002, president three times; member, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, NAACP, League of Women Voters; former chairman, Human Relations Commission; member, Urban League; former board member, Metro PFLAG; member, American Legion; member, National Bar Association; member, African American Business Council; past chairman, Maryland Democratic Party.

What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Montgomery County must improve its fiscal health by eliminating the long-term structural deficit, while taking actions necessary to produce balanced budgets in the short term; ensuring programs and services are operated efficiently and effectively; providing resources to improve student test scores, enhanced technology and better capital facilities; growing the tax base through quality, high-tech jobs, taking advantage of the unique federal, academic and research institutions here; and by building on recent successes with 'smart growth' initiatives and increasing the number of workforce and affordable housing units, a policy essential to attract and retain our public and private workforce."

Why should voters elect you?

"To help ensure that government does a better job in its use of finite resources to achieve and sustain our objectives and deliver meaningful results."

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