Feels strongly that local officials have the right and responsibility to speak up on state, national and international issues; notes with pride that city's Nuclear Free Zone Ordinance is the strongest in the U.S.; also supportive of causes opposing apartheid in South Africa, aid to Nicaraguan contras, MX missiles, Reagan's fiscal cutbacks and mounting national debt; helped achieve rent stabilization, equilibrium in city's land policy and maintenance of economic, racial, architectural and cultural diversity in Takoma Park; resident of the city for 45 years. 1: As the first to raise the issue back in 1978, I feel unification of our divided city is Takoma Park's number one necessity. Because Prince George's County refuses to help fund our volunteer fire station, Montgomery County threatens to move the station from its present advantageous site. The counties refuse to deal with this problem as equal jurisdictions should -- instead, they both kick us in the shins. This is only one of the many administrative and fiscal nightmares caused by the county lines sawing us apart. An advisory referendum on unification will be on the ballot Nov. 5th. As a resident of the city's Montgomery section, I will vote No on joining Prince George's. Since 1980 there have been eight council members from the three wards with P.G. constituents -- only one (Rino Aldrighetti) worked significantly to achieve it. The others claimed to favor unification -- but . . . they figured unification is not achievable and adopted a pragmatic position of settling for crumbs. Unification in Montgomery Now! 2: It took five years of hard work to revitalize the run-down business area at Carroll and Laurel avenues. The previous administration was paralyzed -- for about four years it did nothing with the block grant money and okay to go ahead. The first thing I did in 1980 was to take over the city newsletter and publish a "talent bank" questionnaire in which over 500 citizens volunteered to serve on various committees. The Citizens Advisory Committee on Revitalizing Old Town was formed and became a valuable, indispensable part of the successful public-private partnership that has rejuvenated our oldest business district. Arguments of critics had to be overcome: those merchants who cried that residents did not support local businesses, that you couldn't make a "silk purse out of a cow's ear," and citizens who thought two-story buildings were high-rise. Some aesthetes still quibble about the "pink and blue gazebo" and other innocuous details, but one thing has been proven: that a city can restore a dilapidated business district to one drawing local support, avoiding gentrification on the one hand and, on the other, not being engulfed by the automobile and parking lots of regional shopping malls.