Candidates for Maryland comptroller were asked the following question by The Washington Post:
Operations: How would you improve operation of the comptroller's office?
Richard L. Andrews (R), 30, of 5508 Woodmont Ave., Baltimore, a gun dealer, is on the Republican Central Committee. He was alternate delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention, was state party parliamentarian in 1981 and was chairman of the Reagan-Bush campaign in the 3rd Congressional District. A picture of Andrews was not available.
Operation: I believe the comptroller should exercise to the full both the immediate powers of his office and his authority as a member of various boards, including the Board of Pdblic Works, the Board of Trustees of the State Retirement Systems, the Board of Revenue Estimates, the State Banking Board and the Regents of the University of Maryland. The comptroller has great, but little-known, authority voer the circuit court clerks, registers of wills, administration of sales, income and other taxes, public borrowing, expenditure of state funds and a host of other matters. In view of his position, he should serve as an ongoing advocate of reform and revision of the state's tax and finance policies, in the public interest. Through continuity of office over many years, increasing stullification has crept up on this agency, which can be best remedied by new ideas, new perspectives, new commitment. In short, a new comptroller.
Pere Joseph Jarboe (R), 27, of Charlotte Hall, is an attorney who serves on the Human Relations Commission and the Economic Development Commission for St. Mary's County. He is on the state and federal public defender panels and is active in various historical groups, civic organizations and bar associations.
Operation: I shall hold my position as comptroller as a full-time job. I will forsake the various social and ceremonial functions which may seek the attentions of an officeholder in this position to achieve this end. I shall propose legislation which will limit the term of office of any person in this position and in any executive position to two elected terms. This will assure the effective operation of such offices by keeping the public's perspective and the perspective of the officeholders or would-be officeholders on the nature of the office itself and not on the individual holding such office. It would also conform with the mandate of checks and balances laid down by our political forefathers. CAPTION: Picture, no captionPictures 1 through 3, no caption
Funds: We must take steps to increase our tax base at Metro stops and along the I-270 corridor, where transportation infrastructure is present. In addition, we must evaluate the reevaluate programs for most effective use of dollars. I support a charter amendment to allow council and executive to cancel appropriations based on federal funding.
Housing: Support continuation of mortgage revenue bonds to supply lower interest rate for those with qualifying incomes. Support selective use of public -- lands, excess school sites and unneeded road reservations -- for housing. Streamline development process to eliminate delays and to reduce costs. Be vigilant to all public and private initiatives to provide housing that is in concert with our master plans.
Population: To reach all of our citizens, we must use both public and private outreach programs. Need intensive language programs for all ages. Over 100 languages are spoken by students in the Montgomery County schools. Create job bank for our strong job base, while providing specific training through Montgomery College.
Views: Ultimately, decisions must be made by responsible officials. However, careful attention to all points of view will modify any program. In a county blessed with citizens highly educated and technically proficient, elected officials reap endless benefits from listening. I am proud to have been instrumental in opening the Planning Board to citizen participation in 1970, after bumping into closed doors as a citizen activist in Kemp Mill-Four Corners Master Plan. Wrote and sponsored Bill 27-81 for cable ethics. Sponsored environmental mediation for Laytonsville, a community with which I share deep concerns. Joan Hatfield (D), 43, of 13436 Walnutwood La., Germantown, is Legislative Liaison for the Montgomery County Board of Realtors Inc., a member of the county Chamber of Commerce and county Drug Abuse Commission and vice president of Maryland Trust Fund for Independent Living.
Funds: It is incumbent on the county to ensure the maximum benefit is being drrived from the public dollars to ensure adequate health, safety and welfare of its citizens. Utilize resources of the private sector whenever possible.
Housing: Create pension-fund mortgage investments to assist housing construction and sales in Montgomery County similar to a new Massachusetts mortgage bond plan, ensuring sufficient yeild to the fund for protection of contributors. Create incentives to provide housing. Use of 99-year ground leases. There is too much red tape; the process needs to be stream- lined, one stop shop.
Population: Continual support for affirmative action in employment. Availability of interpreters, equal opportunity in employment and representation on the board and commissions. Ensure that cable TV package includes education opportunities for all citizens.
Views: Many times the public hearings are consumed by presentation of the administration and dialogue between elected officials and witnesses. The present time limit, which applies to the witness (three minutes) and groups (five minutes), should also apply to administration staff and elected officials. Following all witnesses, further discussion could take place. The work sessions are open to the public and they have an opportunity to continue input. Elect officials who listen and are not afraid to make decisions.
Allan S. Cohen (D), 38, of 11109 Broad Green Dr., Potomac, an education administrator, is president of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association, member of PTA and National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education and executive director for National Trust for Public Education.
Funds: In this period of excruciatingly tight budgets for nonmilitary programs, Montgomery County needs strong leadership with imagination, know-how and the grasp to wrest the required funds from any and all possible sources. Where the New Federalism transfers former federal financial responsibilities to the states, such as in aid for dependent children, I would pressure our state representatives in Annapolis to continue assisting single-parent families with young children by providing them with adequate aid. Where enough dollars may still not be there, I would encourage greater involvement by businesses to provide services, such as day care, to their employes. In those relatively few areas of the New Federalism where the federal government proposes to undertake itself some of the funding responsibilities that currently belong to the states, I would personally lobby the U.S. Congress to continue programs such as food for women, infants and children; Medicaid; and Medicare.
Housing: It is important to build a strong link to our county's future with fair and affordable housing. Ideally, people reside close to where they work. At the very least, this opportunity should exist for the employes (teachers, police, fire, et al.) of Montgomery County, thus fulfilling our county motto, "Gardez Bien" (to serve better). The county should work with local lending institutions to set up a loan fund to provide lower interest rates and encourage developers to build quality affordable housing.
Population: It is county policy to ensure that all citizens within the county have equal access to county social services. As councilman I would see that this policy is not only monitored but strictly lmplemented so that, in fact, all our county services, facilities and functions are made accessible to our citizens. Again, in a period of anticipated losses in federal funds, I would provide an expanded outreach program to ensure that all citizens are aware of the opportunities available to them. Included in this operation outreach is the assurance that adequate personnel, with both a bilingual and bicultural understanding, are trained and available to provide infromation and services to this population, including education, employment and housing. Our county transportation system must provide appropriate intracounty service to all areas of employment for our citizens who rely on public transit and industry and business must be encouraged to provide employment and training opportunities.
Views: The very reason why I am running for Montgomery County Council, District II, agianst an incumbent who has been in county government for 12 years, is precisely because citizens' views are not reflected in final decisions by the incumbent and by many of her colleagues on today's council. In my capacities as president of major citizen and homeowners associations, I have often appeared in front of today's council to object to its policies of forced development, which not only violate the recently approved master plan but which make absolutely no sense in light of the county's existing infrastructure (i.e., streets, sewers, utilities, et al). While politely listening to the citizens, the incumbents do not respond. Their votes respond only to big developers. My candidacy is dedicated to community rights and responsive government. The communities and citizen-residents of Montgomery County must finally be represented on the voting side of the council table.
Esther P. Gelman (D). (Incumbent) 51, of 8719 Postoak Rd., Potomac, has been a member of the County Council since 1974. Preciously she was a member of the county Planning Board. She is a member of several community organizations.