Candidates were asked: County services: In making decisions on county spending, what government services (i.e. educational, transportation, 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 in first? Neal Potter, 63, of 6801 Brookville Rd., Chevy Chase, is a Democrat. Eight years on the council, including services as president and chairman of its committees on taxation and transportation. Leader for tax reform and relief establishing Office of Public Advocate for Assessments, work to end farmland assessment loophole, reduce homeowners' assessments, tax credits for homeowners and for tenants. Twenty-five years economic research and teaching experience in public finance and natural resources. Twenty years civil work - president, County Citizens Planning Association; cochairman, Metropolitian Washington Citizens for Clean Air, organizer, Citizens Committee for Fair Taxation; President, Washington Area Council of Governments, 1977; Forty years living in the county, attending its schools, working with its people, knowing its high values and its problems, plus training (BA, MA) in economics and public administration, provide foundations for making sound judgments on county laws, to provide best responses to people's needs while reducing burdensome taxation.
County Services: Highest priority: public safety (police, fire, corrections), education, transportation (roads and transit) conservation and community protection, in that order, generally. Cutback priorities are: nonessential administration and maintenance, parks and recreation (except youth services), library hours.
Jacqueline Dee Simon, 42, of 6107 Madawaska Rd., Bethesda, is a Republican. Throughout my 17 years here, I have been active in the professional and volunteer communities of Montgomery County. Professionally, I have served as executive director of Montgomery YWCA, program director of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, community relations officer of the Housing Opportunities Commission and currently as a realtor associate with Mimi Selig Homes. As a volunteer, I serve on the executive committee on Montgomery United Way, vice president and housing chairman of Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and board member and legislative chairman of Montgomery Chapter, ACLU. I have served on the Human Relations Commission, the Community Services Coordinating Commission and the policy board of the 4Cs Council. A graduate of Dension University, I have completed 40 graduate hours in business adminstration at American University.
County services: By placing a value factor on each and every program and ranking the programs by priority, the necessary budget cuts can be effected with minimal disruption. Duplicationof support services and programs more appropriately provided by the priver sector will receive low priority. Programs which promote economic self-sufficiency will receive high priority. Increased efficiency and economy throughout, combined with increased revenues from an expanded tax base can provide the necessary balance between revenues and expenditures. District 2
Robert E. Brenman, 55, of 14530 Dufief Mill Rd., Gaithersburg, is a Republican. He enlisted in the Army at 17 as a private, retired as a lieutenant colonel and was a combat engineer in World War II and Korea. He is president of Columbia Homes, chairman of the Montgomery Soil Conservation District, a member of the Montgomery County Economic Development Advisory Board and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board; cochairman, Montgomery County Development Authorization Task Force; chairman, Montgomery College Advisory Committee for Unmet Educational Needs; board of directors of Montgomery General Hospital and past president, Suburban Maryland Home Builders Association. He has been very active in the Boy Scouts as a Cubmaster, Scout Master and Neighbohood Scout Commissioner.
County services: First priority should be directed toward eliminating the waste of tax dollars now spent on duplication of services performed by the county government, bi-county agencies, the Board of Education and Montgomery College. Attention should then be directed toward capital improvements costd and debt service from bond issues. Classroom instruction, public safety, transportation and public health would have a low priority for any cutback in spending.
Ruth Spector, 43, of 613 Smallwood RD., Rockville, is a Democrat. I have been employed since 1975 as legislative aide to state Sen. Charles GIlchrist, handling constituent problems and researching legislative issues throughout the year at the county and state level. I bring to county government a broad base of experience and problem-solving ability as a certified teacher and licensed social worker in private practice. I am staff social worker at Easter Seal Treatment Center. I graduated from Penn State, cum laude, and received a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. Community activities I have participated in and taken a leadership role include: Montgomery County Democratic Central Commitee, treasurer; Woodley Gardens PTSA, treasurer; Richard Montgomery PTSA Board, MCCPTA delegate, Curriculum Committee for Reevaluation by Middle Atlantic States; Har Shalom Synagogue School Board and Sisterhood Board.
County service: Highest priority items are, of course, public safety - police, fire and rescue services. Next, I would rank education for continuing adequate funding in order to maintain excellent public education in Montgomery County. If cutbacks become the reality, I would examine the loasdt essential services and the first service cut would likely be recreation. Disctrict 3
Richard L. Bogley, 57, of 3522 Greenly St., Silver Spring, is a Republican. I have been in the county for all my 57 years and with my job with the C&P Telephone Co. for 37 1/2 years. I have worked with many of the agencies in the government because ofmy job. In the past 12 years, I have been attending many of the Tuesday meetings. I've testified many times against these "nuisance" taxes, one of them being the utility tax because it, I feel, is wrong because the tax comes right back to the user. I also testified many times against the "piggy back" tax percent and against the real estate recapture tax, which the incumbent for. I also testified against the beverage tax this past spring because young people are being penalized by the 48 cent per gallon increase increase on beverages. The incumbent voted for that and I would not have. I think that there are leadership qualities I have that are better than those shown by the incumbent and present members of the council.
County services: The WSSC has a budgetof over $300 million and the budger itself should be thoroughly examined because there is fat in our budget. I do not believe that any social services (should be cut) such as school teachers' salaries or increasing class size, decreasing the police force or in any way jeopardizing fire, health and safety in Montgomery County. The Park and Planning budget needs to be reevaluated. We should not be buying park land up in the county, but it should be delayed to things that have more priority. There are duplications of services that should be eliminated. If the County Council, as stated by the charter, would do the legislative work and let the administrative officers (Gleason) do the administrative work, we could save millions of dollars each year by eliminating duplication.
Esther P. Gelman, 47, of 8719 Postoak Rd., Potomac, is a Democrat. She was elected to teh Montgomery County Council in 1974. She previously served on the Maryland. National Capital Parks and Planning Commission and as vice chairwoman of the Montgomery County Planning Board. An authority on planning and zoning issues, Gleman has been chairwoman of the National Association of Counties' Land Use Committee and was active in NACo's campaign for "wilderness and agricultural preservation." Gleman sponsored Montgomery County's model Abused Persons Program, wrote legislation banning smoking in public places and helped bring 2,000 rental housing units to the county, using low-interest federal funds. The Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington has honored her for her "dedication to Jewish communal institutions." Born in Baltimore, Gelman grew up in Denver, graduated from the University of Colorado, Phi Beta Kappa. She and her husband, Norman, have lived in Montgomery County since 1957. They have two daughters.
County services: Against the background of the TRIM proposal, this is an imprecise question. It implies availability of easy spending cuts to cover massive revenue reductions.That's not so. If the tax referendum passes, cuts will have to be made in all services - education, transportation, sanitation, police, fire and social services. Obviously, this is not a desirable way to go and I would do my best to conserve essental services, but easy cuts are not possible. District 4
Barrie S. Ciliberti, 42, of 3822 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring, is a Republican. College professor with extensive administrative and accademic work experience. As dean of student academic affairs, I developed new programs, organized advisory committees, headed tutorial programs. President, AAUP, college chapter. Elected member, Faculty Senate. Educational background: PhD, Catholic University; area of concentration, educational administration. MA, Georgetown University. Member, National History Honor Society. American representative, NATO Conference of Young Political leaders, Germany, 1971. Active in county civic association matters. Budget analyst for corporate business. Extensive experience in county Republican party activities. Listed in "Who's Who in America." Designated a master teacher.
County services: High priority must be given to ensure quality in the area of essential services. Obviously, this would include education, fire, medical and social services. Selective cuts can be madein reducing top-heavy administration in some areas through reducing overlap and duplication, by instituting zero-based budgeting and by running the government in a cost-effective manner. In addition, I would call for an economic impact study of any new county programs prior to implementation.
Michael I. Gudis, 42, of 14809 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Is a Democrat. Area resident for 25 years. Undergraduate and graduate work in accounting and financial management at George Washington University. Designed a cost-based budgeting system in a large federal ageny. Consultant to several agencies in the are aof zero-based budgeting. Successfully works with businesses and nonprofit corporations in cutting costs, improving efficiency and taxes. Served on fiscal advisory committee to council (1967-73. Worked with non-profit groups in areas of health, education, youth and drug abuse. Served as treasurer of Democratic ticket in 1974. Have worked with locally elected officials in legislature. State laws affect county residents and it is vital that we work effectively with our representatives in Annapolis. My professional background and work experience have conditioned me to listen, research, present and fight for the well being of our residents. I will devote my full time and energy to the office of County Council.
County services: Highest priority would go to vital services. They include housing, public safety, transportation, education and medical and social services. I must point out that certain costs included in some of the programs mentioned are unnecessary, and we must consider our priorities within these programs very carefully. Duplication of services and waste must be eliminated. If necessary to cut programs, recreation must be considered. District 5
Barbara A. Bailey, 34, of 8504 16th St., Silver Spring, is a Republican. She is recognized in Montgomery County and the metropolitan area as a leader and resource person in both governmental and community sectors, and has a broad range of experience in the fields of housing, health, education and training and citizen advocacy. As president of the Broadmoor Tenant Association, Bailey generated innovative solutions to long-standing problems. Under her leadership, a management company took over the complex and pured millions of dollars into rehabilitation and improvements. In the areas of community educational planning and evaluation, Bailey served as the president of the Rosemary Elementary School Parent Teachers Association in Silver Spring (1975), as well as the coordinator of the Anacostia High School Prep Club. Also in the field of education and training. Bailey served as a resource person for the Federal Summer Employment Program for Youth, conducted by the Veterans Administration Hospital.
County services: I, as a candidate for County Council, believe that Montgomery County is responsible for and accountable to Montgomery County residents for competent execution of solution to problems in the areas of health care, education, housing, employment, transportation, food and nutritions water and sewer facilities and manageable commercial growth. These issues of concern to Montgomery County Citizens are neither new nor novel. It is execution, competence and accountability that counts and that translates into strategies which will achieve goals and objectives which match promises with performance. As a Montgomery County Council member, I shall make an unbridled effort to humanize our county laws and bring them into manageable harmony with the economic conditions of our times.
Elizabeth I. Scull, 55, of 9315 Greyrock Rd., Silver Spring, is a Democrat. Native of Montgomery County. Long active in community groups concerned with education, recreation, housing and equal opportunity. During 1960s served on Human Relations Commission and Housing Authority (now Housing Opportunities Commission). Member of County Council since December 1970. Member of Council's Housing (chairman), Health, (former chairman) and Environmental committees. Council's representative on TESS Commission, Community School Task Force and Board of Social Services. Also, Council of Government's Human Resources, Air Quality Planning and Public Safety committees. Have successfully sponsored legislation in the areas of housing, health, children and youth, handicapped and community stabilization. Have repeatedly demonstrated ability to help opposing viewpoints reach agreement on fair and reasonable solutions.
County services: Instead of concentrating budget cuts on any one department or service, I would look for the low priority programs within each of them. This is the intent of zero-based budgeting, which I support, but which is difficult to achieve without the cooperation of the county executive. I would also look for savings, possible by better use of existing staff and by requiring coordination, cooperation and communication between departments and agencies.