Ike Leggett (D)*

Thursday, October 28, 2010; GZ33

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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Douglas E. Rosenfeld (R)

Age: 52

Residence: Potomac.

Education: BA, economics, Union College; MS, journalism, Northwestern University; JD, American University School of Law.

Occupation: Lawyer, private practice.

Elected offices/civic activities: None given.

What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The most urgent problem facing our county is a lack of leadership. The buck stops with the county executive. He must put forth a vision for economic development and fight for county and state regulatory and tax policies that will attract and retain business. When revenue falls, he must champion a coherent redesign of government to ensure the affordable delivery of core services. County Executive Ike Leggett has failed in these obligations. His failure to manage the budget has led to disputes over ambulance fees, energy taxes and furloughing public safety employees. Ike is responsible for creating these conflicts."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will restore our county's promise as an economic powerhouse by imposing fiscal discipline, promoting a business-friendly environment and rededicating ourselves to educational excellence."

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