John A. Dean (R), 54, of 805 Dale Dr., Silver Spring, a lawyer, has held managerial jobs with the Marriott Corp. and National Automobile Dealers Association. He has been active in professional, county Republican and civic associations. He was a city councilman in East Palestine, Ohio.
Funds: First, review the benefits, if any, derived from the federally funded programs; second, establish priorities among the programs; third, survey those programs which can be effectively enhanced by volunteer service organizations and the availability of those servides; and, fourth, coordinate the priority programs by a joint -- where possible -- volunteer and governmental effort.
Housing: Relaxing zoning restrictions in areas providing for higher-density housing; eliminate the unfavorable atmosphere for developers; facilitate permit procedure; review and update housing codes; and push for the elimination of punitive taxes on the sale of private residences.
Population: By providing housing compatible to their needs, educational programs to enable them to join the main stream of our economy and society and commercial and industrial development to provide job opportunities.
Views: Citizens' views hearings are directed toward a final plan, developed by staff, "professional" experts, who at that point have a vested interest in the product under review. Citizens should be involved in the planning process much earlier, before the "professionals" have developed a vested interest in a particular alternative.
Jocqulyn R. Endres (R), of 9003 3rd Ave., Silver Spring, is a political analyst with 15 years of service in the federal government. She is area chairman of the United Givers Fund and serves on executive committees for the Library and for fundraising at Blair Montgomery High School.
Funds: Within allocated resources, the county must provide for the educational, housing and transportation needs of county residents. I feel these are the three areas wherein further retrenchment of funds cannot be tolerated.
Housing: There is a need to distribute moderate-income housing throughout the county where adequate public facilities exist. An attempt should be made to streamline the zoning ordinances of the county. In many cases builders are saddled with onerous regulations which hold up building permits. Time delays in approval for subdivisions result in loss of money for builders since different fees are required, in some instances two years prior to final approval of all permits.
Population: The county needs to increase affordable housing units (see question 2 for how). If possible, the population should be dispersed to prevent development of ghetto-type settlements. There should be transition language in schools along with English.
Views: I feel the present County Council tries to be all things to all groups, thereby ensuring that at least half the population is unhappy at all times. Somehow a common "good" has to be the goal, and I recognize that is a difficult task. I believe the county government is extending too far into the lives of the people. For instance, in the case of transfer development rights they have preempted an upcounty citizen's right to sell his farm land as he wants. It is an artificial prop which will have reverbrations for a long time. Dissension among members of the County Council spills over into public discussion of i-sues, which causes unrest. Frankly, many groups feel that Laytonsville was selected because it would arouse less political ferment than other areas.