Candidates were asked: County services: In making decisions on county spending, what government services (i.e. educational, transportion, public safety, recreation, medical and social services) would you give highest priority? In making cut backs in county spending, which services would you cut back on first? (Vote for 2)
Rose Crenca, 52, of 9101 Flower Ave. Silver Spring, is a Democrat. Crenca, a resident of Montgomery County for 23 years, was formerly a teacher and science department chair person. She is committed to the cause of civic involvement. Crenca's community leadership: president, Sligo-Branview Community Association; past president, Allied Civic Group; secretary, Montgomery County Taxpayers League; board of directors, Montgomery Environmental Coalition; past president, Coalition of Presidents; past secretary, Citizens Planning Association; League of Women Voters; various offices, PTA; chairperson, Precinct 13-18; numerous citizens' advisory committees on education, recreation, transportation, human relations. She received her BA (with distinction) from American University and her MA from George Washington University. Among her many awards are the Stott and Cawton awards for community service.
County services: Spending decisions should focus first on efficient, cost-effective administration. This includes collecting user funds (in the millions), which the county ignores; reorganization to avoid wasteful duplication; streamlining procedures in government's ivory tower. Staff cuts should be through attrition only. Primary concern must be given to public safety and education. Cuts, which with proper administration would be minimal, should focus on services which volunteer groups and the private sector can provide cost effectively, such as recreation.
Scott Fosier, 33, of 4104 Woodbine St. Chevy Chase, is a Democrat. Professional experience: director of government studies, Committee for Economic Development Consultant on improving public services at reduced cost to local, state and federal government; National Association of Counties; National League of Cities; International City Management Association Adviser, Congressional Commission on District of Columbia Government; federal personnel management project; OMB Project on Intergovernmental Management. Montgomery County activities: chairman, County Council Task Force on Property Assessment: chairman, Yown Council of Chevy [WORD ILLEGIBLE] IV; president, Bethesda, Coalition of Civic Association; member, Advisory Committee on County Growth Policy, Montgomery County Planning Board; chairman, Maryland Municipal League Statewide Task Force on the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of Municipal Government. Education: MPA, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] ; BA, Dickinson College.
County services: We need to concentrate on getting move value for the tax dollar. This goes for all services, although top priorities are education, housing, transportation and public safety. Better [WORD ILLEGIBLE] should be made of approaches currently used in business and in leading local government; cost-control techniques; skillfully applied zero-based budgeting; industrial engineering; sunset provisions linked to performance evaluation and others. We must - and can - find better ways to do what is needed and eliminate what is unnecessary.
Taft Holland, 36, of 5600 Oakmont Ave., Bethesda, is a Republican. Political science major, John C. Smith University, N.C. Former special assistant to the director, Department of Human Resources, 1970-72, District of Columbia. Former special assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, executive office of the President, 1972-77; Program analyst, state and local government, Community services Administration. Born in Virginia; attended Maryland public schools, married, two children. Largest administrated budget, OEO-executive office of the President: $640 million.
County services: Delivering services to those who need them characterizes the professional training and experience of Taft Holland. Holland offers the county clearly articulated goals for its agenda. Solving the problems of our nation, the serious problems of escalating crime and social instability, problems of inequitable taxation of self-serving bureaucracies and problems of waste of our resources and chaos in their management - solving these problems requires able men with some historical vision. First, I believe we must reinstate our traditional American value system - beginning with those values that suggest that our families and institutions exist for the protection an nurturing of the human person. Second, with the individual and his needs as the focus of our vision, we will claify the right sights for county priorities. We'll stop spiraling taxes; we'll create housing for moderate-income people to own; we'll provide more compassionate services and we'll plan the right kind of responsive economic and social programs the county needs.
Malcolm Lawrence, 53, of 3807 Taylor St. Chevy Chase, is a Republican. Economic consultant and freelance writer. Top vote-getter in the Republican primary races for County Council; BA in economics; MA in government and economic policy. Career foreign service officer (retired). Three decades as government economist, specializing in monetary and industrial research and analysis, commercial affairs, budget presentation and speech-writing. From 1971-77, State Department special assistant for narcotics control; recipients of White House commendations for work with the President's Cabinet Committee on International Narcotics Control and for contribution to the 1975 White Paper on Drug Abuse. Listed in "Who's Who in Government." Air Force veteran, World War II; decorated with the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters for aerial combat duty in Europe. First chairman, Montgomery County War-On-Narcotics (WON) League; recipient of community awards.Director of public relations for Parents Who Care (PWC.), one of the first groups in the nation promoting back-to-[WORD ILLEGIBLE] in the schools.
County services: Highest spending priorities would be for law enforcement, five service, emphasis on classroom instruction, transportation, economic development plan, water, sewage and waste disposal. To curb expenditures, I would seek reduction of surplus and underemployed county workers, not by firing, but through attrition; a freeze should be placed on new positions. Budgets cuts should be made on school system administrative staffing and overhead, County Council staff, luxury capital budget projects and counter-Productive committees, commissions and regulatory bodies.