It's election time in towns and cities ranging from Brookeville, population 122, where the town council meets in the president's living room, to the City of Rockville, population 44,726, where officials meet in a $249,743 two-story, 18,109 square-foot city hall.

In Montgomery and Prince George's counties this spring, voters in 26 incorporated cities and towns will elect mayors, council members, commissioners and managers.

Standing in the shadows of the giant federal, state and county governments, the municipalities differ from each other as much in style and tone as they do in budgets, population, and the services they control. What they have in common is their power of local self-government.

Though Brookeville officials are well known to the 122 people who live there, about 45 of whom are registered to vote in local elections, the town itself is unknown to the Maryland Suburban telephone directory. When residents want to talk with their three commissioners, they call them at home.

Located about 16 miles north of Washington, Brookeville is made up mostly of homes built in the early 1800s. A post office and a plumbing shop are its only commercial properties. The town was founded in 1749, recognized by the Maryland General Assembly in 1808 and visited by President Madison and members of his cabinet in 1814 after British troops captured Washington and burned the Capitol, the White House and other government buildings.

The unpaid town commissioners oversee street lighting, garbage and leaf collection, road and street maintenance and act as the zoning authority for Brookeville. They currently are involved in establishing an historic preservation committee to ensure preservation of some of the town's homes. The town's budget for the current fiscal year is $8,804.

At the opposite end of the local spectrum, Rockville's budget for the current fiscal year is almost $15 million. Rockvilles mayor currently receives an annual salary of $2,400, which will double after April 25, and the four city council members receive salaries of $1,800, which also will double this April.

About 10,000 people are now registered to vote in Rockville elections. The city has its own water treatment and distribution system, public works department, recreation and parks department, community resources department, community development department, finance department, public information department, planning and zoning authority and personnel office. Rockville also owns and operates more than 640 acres of parkland in 34 park areas and has its own police department, which supplements Montgomery County police services.

The following is a list of election information for incorporated cities and towns in Montgomery and Prince George's counties where elections will be held.

TOWN OF BERWYN HEIGHTS -

Voters will elect a full five-member town council to two-year terms on May 2. The candidates are: Roy G. Angus, 6200 Ruatan St.; William T. Armistead Jr., 5802 Swarthmore Dr.; John A. Giannetti, 6300 Pontiac St.; Charles R. Hall, 8912 56th Ave.; Harry Robert Hamel, 8816 62nd Ave.; Edward Lucie, 8909 56th Ave.; Jadie B. McDougald, 8609 57th Ave.; Joseph M. Pagano, 7602 Villanova Rd., and Howard G. Wood, 8808 63rd Ave. After the election, the council chooses one of its members to be the mayor.

The deadline for residents to register to vote in the town election is April 17. Registration is held at the town office, 5700 Berwyn Rd., Berwyn Heights, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Special voter registration will be held there from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 3, 4, and 5.

CITY OF BOWIE - Voters will elect a mayor and three city council members from the first, fourth and fifth districts to two-year terms on April 3. Although council members must live in specific districts, they serve and are elected at-large.

Candidates in the race for mayor are Audrey E. Scott, 12109 Longride La., and William J. Schuhl, 2924 Tallow [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Scott is an incumbent.

In the city council race, candidates from the fifth district are Norman Cooper, 3401 Northshire La.; Natalie Barry, 15907 Philmont La., and Claude J. Osterman, 2917 Needlewood La. The candidate from the fourth district is Herbert Sachs, 12614 Brunswick La.He is an incumbent. The candidates from the first district are Margaret Clift, 3807 Wayward PL., and Walter Planat, 4100 Woodrwo La.

Voter registration for the April 3 election is closed. Absentee voting applications for registered Bowie voters who cannot go to the polls can be obtained from the city clerk. The forms must be returned or postmarked by Friday, March 31, to the Board of Supervisors of Elections, c/o Mrs. Maylack, City Hall, Bowie, Md. 20715.

TOWN OF BROOKEVILLE - Voters will elect a full three-member town commission on May 9. Commissioners serve at-large for two-year terms. April 10 is the candidates' deadline to file for office.Residents can register to vote from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Orndorff Hall.

TOWN OF CAPITOL HEIGHTS - Voters will elect a mayor and a full six-member at-large town council to four year terms May 1. Candidates will be nominated at a town convention on April 10. Any resident registered to vote in town elections can nominate a candidate. Voter registration for the election has already been held.

TOWN OF CHEVERLY - Voters in Wards 2, 4 and 5 will elect town council members to two-year terms on May 1. Candidates from Ward 2 are Joy A. Marey, 2814 Cheverly Ave., and Michael J. Schaffer, 2707 Belleview Ave. Marcy is an incumbent. Dorothy M. McClain, an incumbent, is the candidate from Ward 4. Candidates from Ward 5 are Robert W. Heffron, 2806 64th Ave., and Dorothy J. Grill, 2704 Parkway PI. Grill is an incumbent.

The last day day to register to vote in the election is March 31. Residents can register from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the town office in the Cheverly Community Center, 6401 Forest Rd., Cheverly. Special registration will be held there from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25 and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29.

TOWN OF CHEVY CHASE, SECTION 4 - Voters will elect three at-large town council members to two-year terms on May 2. The town has a five-member council, whose terms of office are staggered. Candidates have until April 19 to file for office.

Section 4 of Chevy Chase is roughly bounded by Connecticut Avenue on the east; Wisconsin Avenue on the West; Bradley Lane on the south and East-West Highway on the north. Section four residents who are registered with the Montgomery County supervisors of elections are eligible to vote.

TOWN OF CHEVY CHASE VILLAGE - The terms of office of three of the seven members of the town's board of managers expire this spring. The annual town meeting is scheduled to he held April 17, and candidates will be nominated there. If more than three people stand for office, an election will be held May 8. The term of office is two years. Registered Montgomery County voters who live in Chevy Chase village are eligible to vote in the election.

TOWN OF COLMAR MANOR - Voters in Ward 2 and Ward 4 will each elect a town council member on May 9. Both council members will serve two-year terms. Candidates must file for election by midnight, April 23.

Residents can register to vote in twon elections from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Municipal Center, 3701 Lawrence St., Colmar Manor. Special registration will be held April 19 and 20, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Municipal Center.

TOWN OF COTTAGE CITY - Voters will elect town commissioners from wards two, three and four on May 1. The commissioners will be elected to two-year terms. Voters can cast ballots for all three positions. After the election, the five-member town commission will choose a chairman and vice chairman from its members. Candidates have until April 20 to file with the town's board of elections supervisors.

Residents who have not voted in town elections in the past five years must re-register to vote in the next election. Special registration will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. April 3 at the Town Hall, 3700 40th Ave., Cottage City. Residents can also register to vote in town elections prior to any regular town meeting. Town meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, 8 p.m., in the Town Hall.

CITY OF DISTRICT HEIGHTS - Voters will elect a city commissioner from ward one and ward two for two-year terms on May 1. Voters can elect a commissioner only from their ward. The candidates' deadline to file for office is April 1.

The deadline to be registered to vote in the city election is April 1. People who have not voted in city elections within the past five years must re-register in order to cast a ballot. District Heights residents can register to vote from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Municipal Center, 2000 Marbury Dr., District Heights. Special registration will be held at the center from noon to 4 p.m. March 25 and from 5 to 9 p.m. March 27. To request an absentee ballot, call 336-1400 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TOWN OF EDMONSTON - Voters will elect one town council member from ward one and two town council members from ward two on May 1. Council members serve two-year terms. Voters can only cast ballots fro town council candidates in their ward. Edmonston has two wards, with two council members representing each. The candidates' deadline for file for office is midnight, April 8.

Residents can register to vote March 25 and April 1, from 1 to 8 p.m., at the Municipal Building, 5005 52nd Ave., Edmonston. Registration is permanent.

TOWN OF FAIRMONT HEIGHTS - Voters will elect rhre at-large town council members to two-year terms on May 1. The candidates' deadline to file for office is April 15.

April 17 is the deadline for Fairmont Heights residents to register to vote in the election. Beginning April 1, registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 717 60th PI., Fairmont Heights. Special registration will be held Monday, April 3 and 17, from noon to 7 p.m.

TOWN OF FOREST HEIGHTS - Voters will elect a town council member from Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 to two-year terms on May 10. Voters can only vote for a candidate in their own ward.Candidates have until April 5 to file for office.

April 12 is the deadlineto register to vote in the election. Residents can register with Tillie Luczak at the Forest Heights Community Center, 5508 Arapahoe Dr., Forest Heights, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on March 25, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 27 at the community center.

CITY OF GAITHERSBURG - The terms of the mayor and two of the five at-large city council members expire this year. The filing deadline for candidates is April 3, and is more than two people file for mayor and more than four people file for city council, a primary election will be held April 17. The general ection will be held May 8. Both the mayor and council members serve four-year terms.

Gaithersburg residents who are registered to vote in Montgomery County, state or federal ections are eligible to vote in the city election. March 17th is the deadline to register with the Montgomery County Supervisors of Elections to vote in the primary, and April 7 is the deadline to register to vote in the general election. People who miss the March 17 deadline to register to vote in the primaries can also register at the Gaithersburg City Hall until April 7 and still be eligible to vote in the primary and general election.

TOWN OF GARRETT PARK - Voters will elect a mayor and two at-large town council members for two-year terms on May 1. Two mayoral candidates were nominated at a town meeting March 15. They are Donn Nader, 10704 Keswick, and Mabel Peterson, 4405 Cambria Ave. Both are currently town council members. Three people were also nominated to run fro town council. They are Anne Janney, 10904 Raleigh, James Lamont, 10934 Clermont Ave., and Peggy Pratt, 11112 Rokeby Ave. Other candidates could still file for office by April 10.

The deadline to register to vote in the town election is April 1. Residents can register to vote by appointment by calling Glenda Ingham at 933-7488.

TOWN OF KENSINGTON - Voters will elect a mayor and two at-large twon council members for two-year terms on June 5. The candidates' deadline to file for office is May 17.

May 27 is the deadline for residents to register to vote in the election. Residents who haven't voted in town elections within five years must re-register. residents can register to vote from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the town office in the Armery, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. They can also register to vote before regular town meetings, which are held the last Monday of each month at 8 p.m. in the Armory.

TOWN OF LAYTONSVILLE - Voters will elect two at-large town council members to two-year terms on May 1. April 17 is the candidates' deadline to file for office. Residents 18 years or older are eligible to vote. Residents do not have to register to vote in the election.

TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE - Voters will elect two at-large town council members to two-year terms on May 1. The candidates' deadline to file for office is April 3.

Voter registration cards have been delivered with the town newsletter to residents. Those who did not receive a registration card can get one at the Town Ha11, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Rebecca Capps.A special voter registration will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. April 3 at the Town Hall, 6601 Woodland Rd., Morningside.

CITY OF NEW CARROLLTON - Voters will elect a mayor and two atlarge city council members to two-year terms on May 1. April 1 is the candidates' deadline to file for office.

April 28 is the deadline to register to vote in the next election.Residents can register to vote from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at New Carrollton City Hall, 8511 Legation Rd., New Carrollton. A special registration will be held at City Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 7, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 and 22.

TOWN OF NORTH BRENTWOOD - Voters will elect one town council member from Ward 1 and one from Ward 3 to two-year terms on May 1. Residents vote for a council member from their ward only. The deadline for candidates to file for office is April 15.

April 3 is the deadline to register to vote in the town election. Residents can register to vote April 3, from 1 to 7 p.m., at the Municipal Building, 4007 Church St., North Brentwood. Regular registration is held at the regular mayor and council meeting, on the first Monday of each month, at 8 p.m., in the Municipal Building.

TOWN OF OAKMONT - Voters will elect two town committee members on April 11. One committee member will serve a regular three-year term and the other will serve a one-year term to fill the unexpired term of committee member Pat Cass, who resigned.The deadline for candidates to file for office is April 1.

CITY OF ROCKVILLE - Voters will elect a mayor and a full at-large four-member city council on April 24. Council members and the mayor serve two-year terms. Candidates must file for office by April 1.

Rockville residents who want to vote in the election must be registered with the Rockville elections board. Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote in the election. Residents can register in the lobby of the Rockville City Hall, Maryland and Vinson Streets, Rockville, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TOWN OF SOMERSET - Voters will elect a mayor and two at-large town council members for two-year terms on May 1. Nominations will taken April 3 at an 8 p.m. town meeting in Somerset Elementary School. Candidates who have petitions signed by 20 registered town voters have until April 10 to file for candidacy.

Residents who are not registered to vote in the town's elections can register from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 3 at Somerset Elementary School. They can also register by mail until April 17. Registration forms for mail registration are available by calling the clerk-treasurer at 654-4504.

CITY OF TAKOMA PARK - On March 28, voters will elect a mayor and a full seven-member city council for two-year terms.

In the contest for mayor, the candidates are: Mary Ann Medina, 7425 Buffalo Ave.; John D. Roth, 7608 Hammond Ave., and Sammie A. Abbott, 7308 Birch Ave. The incumbent is John D. Roth.

Two council members will be elected from wards one and two, to serve both wards. In this contest, the candidates are: Jennifer L. Saloma, 7124 Maple Ave.; Louis H. D'Ovidio, 7324 Piney Branch Rd.; Ronald W. Halstead Jr., 7106 Maple Ave.; David B. Weisman, 7701 Takoma Ave., and James D. Ross Jr., 118 Ritchie Ave.

Voters will elect one council member from ward five to represent that ward. The candidates are Donald D. Ramsey, 8116 Roanoke Ave., and Clayton D. Forshee, 722 Kennebec Ave. Forshee is an incumbent.

There is no contest in wards three and four, where two council members will be elected to serve both wards. The candidates are: Vernon H. Ricks Jr., 5 Lee Ave., and Joseph H. Webb, 7412 Jackson Ave. Both are incumbent.

Voters will elect two council members from wards six and seven to serve both wards. The candidates are Frank V. Garcia, 1117 Holton La., and Joseph A. Faulker, 1007 Sligo Creek Parkway. Both are incumbent.

TOWN OF UNIVERSITY PARK - Voters will elect a mayor, clerk-treasurer and one councilmember from Ward 1, Ward 3 and Ward 7 on May 8. All will serve two-year terms. Each voter can vote for the office of mayor and clerk-treasurer, and voters in wards 1, 3 and 7 will also select a councilmember from their own ward. April 16th is the candidates' deadline to file for office.

Residents who wish to vote in the town election must register with the twon supervisor of elections. Registration will be held from 1 to 8 p.m., April 3, at University Park Elementary School.

TOWN OF WASHINGTON GROVE - Voters will elect a mayor for a two-year term and two at-large town council members for three-year terms at the June 10 election. The deadline for candidates to file for office is April 10.

In order to vote in the town election, Washington Grove residents must be registered with the town's board of registration. Registration for absentee voting takes place during April, and registration for in-person voting takes place during May. Those who are not registered should contact Zoe Wadsworth at 926-1294 or Margaret Work at 926-9544.