Candidates for the D.C. Council were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:

Problem: What is the most pressing problem facing residents of your ward, and what would you do as a member of the D.C. Council to solve it?

Qualifications: What is the most important reason you should be elected instead of one of your opponents?

Lois L. DeVecchio (R) of 4841 Rodman St. NW, is vice chairman of the D.C. Republican Central Committee and president of the Potomac Republican Club. She has been chairman of her area's advisory neighborhood commission and is active in numerous groups. She has been an interior designer and property manager.

Problem: Taxes, taxes, and more taxes. There are plenty of taxes in D.C. Property taxes, sales tax, alcohol beverage tax, cigarette tax, gas tax, the individual income tax . . . and the one common denominator: mismanagement. As a fellow Republican pointed out, San Francisco, the same size as D.C., operates on one-half the budget. Boston, ditto. Milwaukee, the same size, spends only one-fourth as much, and Houston spends one-half as much but has twice the population. Older citizens -- after a lifetime of living, working and rearing a family in Washington -- find it a financial hardship to live here after they retire. High property taxes then force them to move. Down at the District Building they bemoan this, but what do they do? They raise taxes even higher. How do you spell relief? T-A-X-C-U-T-S. The reason is simple: cutting taxes makes it necessary for the mayor and City Council to begin controlling spending. Most council members have never addressed themselves to this need before. "It is a lot easier and a lot more fun to spend money without restraint than it is to make choices about how to use limited resources."

Qualifications: For years the District Building has been under the tight control of a closely knit clique of "machine Democrats." In such a monopoly situation there is little incentive for fiscal responsibility; no checks and balances. We need to restore an active two-party system with the force for action that it brings to government. My candidacy offers such positive action and is backed by the dynamics of constructive ideas. In areas of high unemployment, the institution of an enterprise zone -- where government suspends taxes to rejuvenate the entrepreneurial spirit -- offers great opportunities. We can raise greater revenue for local services by restoring sound management techniques and employing an effective cash-management system -- without having to raise taxes. The adoption of zero-balance accounting for government investments, wire service reciprocity between government accounts and banking institutions, and a post office lock box system for government accounts all can better expedite the accumulation of interest on government accounts -- thus raising revenue without raising taxes. "As a professional, I have operated and overseen operations worth several million dollars; as a community leader I have fought on Capitol Hill for funding for our schools; and as a neighbor I have come to appreciate the community's needs. It is time we put someone in the City Council from Ward 3 who represents us and cares about the issues we face." It is time to elect Lois DeVecchio to the City Council.