QUESTION:

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district? Catoctin District Democrats: Vote for no more than one.

Betsey Brown

Joseph W. Keating Jr.

Betsey Brown Rte. 4, Box 75, Leesburg Age: 57

Psychologist; coordinator, Friends of Route 15; organizer of community effort to designate a circle for seven Loudoun County roads, which received unanimous approval from board supervisors; member of Lucketts Citizens Committee, which worked to obtain denial of a sewage-treatment plant; family therapist, employed for five years in a county mental health center; doctor of education from Rutgers University; M.A., Columbia University; Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Syracuse University; Lives with husband Henry B.R. Brown on Lucketts Farm, which has been farmed by their family since 1822; mother of four.

Loudoun County is at a crossroads. By their choice of supervisors, voters will decide two questions: 1.) Will the county remain an affordable place to live? And 2.) Will it retain its quality of life? New houses are revenue losers, costing the county more money than they bring in for schools and other services. Farms more than pay their way. As developments devour farm land, every citizen's tax bill increases. If the rapid urbanization policies supported by Mr. {Frank I.} Lambert are not checked, many will find their taxes an impossible burden. Without planning by and for Loudoun's citizens, our way of life is doomed. Our small town will wither in endless look-alike subdivisions. Gridlock, overcrowded classrooms and urban blight are sorry substitutes for green fields and pure water. We must plan prudent growth to keep values high.

Joseph W. Keating Jr.

Box 141, Waterford

Age: 50

President of Military Antiquaries Association; chairman, Catoctin Magisterial District of Loudoun Democratic Party; president, Preservation Society of Loudoun County; Catoctin Representative, Loudoun County Bicentennial Committee; former member, Waterford Foundation Board of Directors, eight years; member, George C. Marshall Memorial Committee; Eagle Scout; attended University of Virginia, studies in Engineering and Earth Science; attended George Washington University, studies in Cartography, Ecology, and Computer Science.

The most important issue in Catoctin District is the management of growth in an idyllic setting of farms, businesses and homes. Over the past 200 years, a highly successful combination of these three types of development has evolved. Catoctin provides a surplus in tax revenues over the expenditures it requires for service, thereby subsidizing other districts in Loudoun County. As new residents flood into Eastern Loudoun daily, greater demands on the Catoctin subsidy have arisen. The incumbent supervisor's answer-building more houses-increases the problem. As supervisor, I will advocate only the most productive growth, and I will negotiate a design for growth which best retains Catoctin's idyllic setting. I firmly believe that what is best for Catoctin District is best for Loudoun County.