All candidates for City Council were asked: Issue: What do you feel is the most important issue in the city (or your ward) and, if elected, how would you address it? Budget: What is the reason for the city's budget crisis? What would you do, if elected, to solve this crisis? Each candidate was asked one of the following questions: Accomplishment: What have been the most significant accomplishments of your current term in office and what would be your top priorities if re-elected? If Elected: Why do you believe the incumbent candidate should not be elected and what would you do differently if you are elected? At-Large Vote for One Clinton B. D. Brown, (R), 66, of 3801 Kanawha St. NW is a lawyer. He has served as a staff member with the House Armed Services Committee; an ANC commissioner since January 1978 and is currently vice chairman of the ANC Commission (ANC 3-G. ISSUE: Rstoration of the credibility, as well as the credit, of local government under home rule is the most urgent issue facing the voters in the primary elections on Sept. 9 and the general election Nov. 4. Because six of the 13 council seats are to be filled by candidates chosen in this year's elections, the voters now have the opportunity to determine the composition of one half of the legislative branch of the D.C. government (excluding the council chairman) for the next four years, and to telegraph a message loud and clear to the mayor by their votes in this election as to what they will expect of him during the remainder of his administration. Budget: The responsibility for the current budget crisis, and many other ills afflicting the District today, falls squarely upon the mayor and council members in office since adoption of home rule. They have failed to excercise the executive and legislative powers given them under the Home Rule Act. It has taken froim five years to discover that the budget was seriously askew in 1975 and has been getting further out of balance ever since. If elected, I will insist upon a comprehensive review and streamlining of the policies, practices and procedures of every agency of the D.C. government. The allocation of manpower and resources must be tailored strictly to each agency's legitimate needs. If Elected: The incumbent is typical of council members who have failed to meet their responsibilities as legislators to the voters who elected them. He shares the blame for the council's tardiness in discovering the impending budget crisis and for its tragic failure to act in time to prevent the needless displacement of hundreds of tenants, including the poor and elderly, by speculators converting rental housing to other uses. The time to lock the barn door is before the horse gets out. In addition, the incumbent in his capacity as chairman of the Committe on Transportation and Environmental Affairs has been serving real estate developers faithfully and well for years in expediting the enactment of alley closing bills which enable them to build higher and bulkier buildings. He has done this over the vigorous opposition of citizen's groups and without regard to whether a particular alley closing is in the public interest. In short, he has been the servant of special-interest groups and individuals who reward him with generous campaign contributions, rather than the servant of the people who elected him. If elected I intend to press for vigorous execise of the lesgislative power of the council whenever the need arises, and I intend to serve all citizens of the District of Columbia, not just the affluent or privileged few. Joseph N. Grano Jr., (R), 35, of 1400 20th St. NW is an attorney. He is the founder and organizer of the Citizens Committee to Save Historic Rhodes Tavern. Issue and Budget: The budget crisis and the way in which it is handled by the mayor and the council is clearly the most important issue facing the city. If we do not get our fiscal house in order quickly it could even determine whether or not we can maintain what home rule we now enjoy. We must accept some of the blame for the crisis. wThe mayor knew that the federal payment for FY 1980 was only going to be $238 million back in August 1979, yet we continued to spend money without controls until February 1980. We did not get the water bills out on time, costing us another $10 million; the land for the convention center was purchased out of the current operating budget instead of longterm borrowing, at a cost of $26 million; and finally, the city agencies spent money that was to be repaid from federal grants that we did not get. All in all, our fiscal affairs have not been managed well. I would seriously question the issuance of long-term bonds to pay salaries of current employes, the mayor's proposal. I believe the accumulated deficit figures released by the mayor are suspect at best (this position is supported by a GAO report). It looks like our real deficit is approximately $175 to $200 million for FY 1980. I would propose some temporary tax increases (perhaps to be paid back in the near future via a tax credit) and some short-term borrowing from the U.S. treasury. I would also propose a cutback in city employe payrolls over the next few years until we get spending under control. I would not advocate any further cuts in essential spending so that we may maintain public safety. Congress should give us a federal payment indexed to inflation. It should be provided for a period of three or four years at a fixed amount, say $300 million, so that we can plan properly. I would work toward an amendment of the Home Rule Charter calling for public referendums on all major capital expenditures and the mayor's proposal to issue $215 million in long-term bonds in order, it is claimed, to close the budget gap. I would also support the creation of a new elected city comptroller who would estimate expected revenues. The mayor then would have to budget expenditures based on the comptroller's estimates. If Elected: Republicans have really not been represented on the council, at least not their viewpoints concerning fiscal management, for years. I will suggest some new ideas on how the school system ought to be run, how to inject some competition in the area of education. I would hold hearings on the budget crisis and obtain expert opinion on how to solve the crisis from individuals that would not likely obtain any financial gain from their policy recommendations. I would want to know why we are planning to spend $100 million on a convention center, $35 million on a new municipal office building, and finally, why we are going to build a second campus for the University of the District of Columbia (Udc) at a cost of $62 million -- all when we are cutting the budget in other essential areas. Moore has not involved himself or indicated that he even understands the fiscal problems we now face. The council is also revising the criminal code with some seriously deficient recommendations to reduce sentences for some violent crimes such as felony and first degree murder. Moore has not warned his constituents about this problem. The Barry administration has not taken a strong stand against the crime problem, now 20 percent higher than last year. Moore has not complained or voiced any public concern about the problem. I will speak up for those concerned about all these problems. Jerry A. Moore Jr., (R), 62, of 1612 Buchanan St. NW has served for 35 years as pastor of the 19th Street Baptist Church. For 11 years he has been a city council member at-large. He also has served as president of the Metropolitan Council of Governments. Issue: The budget crisis is the most important issue before the city. The problem must be addressed by better management of available resources; larger federal payment; accurate forcasting of expenditures by departments and enforced adjustments to comply with budget level; speedy collection of all outstanding debts owed the D.C. government; and a personnel level consistent with cities of similar populations. Budget: The city's budget crisis was caused by lax federal oversight during the period of commissioners and appointed government; inadequate federal payment; inflation rising faster than government income; excessive personnel levels; and inadequate management of available resources. Accomplishments: Neighborhood sticker parking plan; Noise Pollution Control Act; votes for condominium and rent control; promotion of economic development; air quality regulations; and, moving legislation to transfer one billion dollars from the interstate highway trust fund to construction of the subway system. Top priorities if reelected: serve my consituents effectively; keep taxes down; encourage better management and government through legislation; and, promote a more effective relationship between citizens and government. Ward 2 Vote for One Ann K. Marshall, (R), 29, of 757 Delaware Ave. SW is a writer. She has served as administrative deputy to U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar, the former mayor of Indianapolis and as an assistant to Commissioner Catherine Bedell of the U.S. International Trade Commission. Issue: The confiscatory tax policy which is leaving us with a city of very poor and very rich is the most important issue. For example, there are several areas of Ward 2 with large numbers of folk on welfare while people just down the street own $150,000 -- plus townhouses. I seek bold initiatives and a complete overhaul of the chaotic tax structure. Budget: The District's tax crisis iss caused by a "do-nothin" mayor and council which tried to put off until tommorrow what should have been done yesterday -- or years ago! If elected, I would replace the incumbent whose chairmanship of the finance committee could have avoided the present crisis -- but whose thoughtlessness and freewheeling activity did not. Thus, a top to bottom revision of the tax structure is absolutely necessary, and a top to bottom management study is needed, too. If Elected: The incumbent has shown no indication that he really cares about the flight of middle-income folks from the city because of bad tax policy that discourages investors. I would work for an innovative tax policy that would attract homeowners and small businesses so that everyone could benefit. Ward 4 Vote for One Israel Lopez, (R), of 1515 Hemlock St. NW is a retired senior revenue officer with the D.C. government and is currently a business consultant. He was one of the organizers of the University Neighborhood Commission and its branch Commission of the Vecinos Internacionales, an agency that assisted Latinos in the city. He was a member of the Advisory Health Council; member of the board of the Catholic Center in Mt. Pleasant, and a volunteer mediator with the Center for Community Justice. Lopez, who has been active with the Republican Party for several years, also was a member of 4th District Police Advisory Council. Mr. Lopez was unavailable to respond to the voter's guide questionnaire. Ward 7 Vote for One John West, (R), 47, of 23757th Pl. NE is a contractor. He has served as a director of social service programs. Issue: Umemployement and inflation eat away salaries of Ward 7 residents. For those who are unemployed it is pitiful. The outlook seems more and more like a depression. Inflation and unemployment are the most important issues in this ward. John West has an economic survival plan, which he has worked on for three years. Once the survival plan is put into action John West will deal evenhandedly with all -- a new beginning for all political groups in Ward 7. I am concerned with the safety of senior citizens in the streets and at home. Budget: Years of advanced payment to vendors for services not renered or not verified, duplication of unverified services. Part of John West's plan is to bring new money into D.C. by a very careful plan that can make the city prosper even in a depression year. My close connection with George Bush and Ronald Reagan will get me support at the White House that can benefit the city. If Elected: The incumbent having resigned is not up for reelection. John West will make a new beginning; it's like being born again. John West will help get programs funded for those in Ward 7 who are now being overlooked.Partisan politics will not mean anything to John West. Only the people. Ward 8 Vote for One Leon Parks, (R), 37, of 3224 Wheeler Rd. SE is an independent businessman. He has served as a board member of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation; member of local school board and a member of the Congress Heights Civic Association. Issue: Low moderate-income families must have the opportunity to buy homes, not just to have the pride of ownership but because Ward 8 offers the city's greatest potential for revitalization and growth. Some 90 percent of the housing in this ward is rental, in an area of the District which has had the biggest increase in population in the last 10 years. I support increasing subsidies and other incentives for homebuyers and will support other economic developement measures to assure a strong business community in Anacostia to support this residential growth. Our local economy must be developed, jobs must be created in this neighborhood, and city services must be made more efficient to serve what I believe could become Washington's finest low to moderate-income area. Budget: Irresponsible spending by the City Council and the inability of the present administration to work effectively with Congress has put us in the bind we're in now. Public offcials must set the example of fiscal austerity before demanding sacrifices by the people. The City Council and the Barry administration must work together to cut wasteful spending. I'd start by freezing my own council salary and vote against any pay raise for council members. This will show my commitment to fiscal responsibility. I will work closely with Congress to hold the line on disruptive budget cuts in District funding. This ward's collective voice must be heard on Capitol Hill and that would be a big change. If Elected: My opponent is "invisible" to Anacostia residents and their day-to-day struggle to make ends meet. She has shown little leadership or desire to solve Anacostia's problems, to strengthen it as a decent and fine place to live and work. Her record clearly shows that she is in touch with Ward 2 problems, not this ward's problems. For 16 years, I have lived in this ward, raised my children here, worked hard for my community, but have seen its problems grow without effective City Council efforts to find solutions. I know this area, I know the people. I'll work overtime as a councilman to make Anacostia a better place to live and work.