Robert E. Brennan, a Montgomery County builder, became the fourth person and the third Republican to file for a seat on the County Council. Seven counsil seats will be decided in the November elections.
"We're overtaxed, over-regulated, and overburdened," said Brennan at a press conference this week after filing the 2nd District seat, which includes much of Rockville and the upcounty area and now is represented by Dickran Y. Hovsepian, a Democrat.
Brennan said the county could begin building more affordable houses for residents with low to moderate incomes if the county would revamp certain codes and lower sewer and water fees.
"I have constantly gotten on the sanitation department for sewer and water fees," Brennan said. "We don't have to pay that much. I'll make them justify their costs. They should represent no more than the cost of the service provided. If they can't be reduced, they can be kept at a constant level."
Brennan said some of the building codes are outdated. "The Montgomery County road code was legislated in the 1950s. It requires us to put in wider than necessary streets," he said. "We simply can't afford this. It creates tremendous costs, which go to the consumers."
Brennan is president of Columbia Homes, a building and development firm that has built more than 600 houses in Montgomery County.
Other persons seeking council posts include Republican Taft Holland, 35, who filed almost a year ago for a at-large post. Holland is a former special assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and now is a consultant with a firm that works in community development.
The other Republican who has filed for the council race is Jacqueline Simon, former community relations officer for the county's Housing Opportunities Commission. Simon, once a human relations commissioner for the county and a vice president of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, is seeking the post now held by Neal Potter. The district includes Chevy Chase, Bethesda and part of Potomac.
Thomas Hamilton, the former executive director of the Office of Landlord Tenant Affairs, is the only Democrat who has filed so far. Hamilton is seeking an at large seat on the council.