A forum for candidates in the races for Montgomery County Council and county executive will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the assembly room of the village hall in Chevy Chase, 5906 Connecticut Ave.

The forum will feature two Democratic contenders for county executive: Neal Potter, a 20-year member of the County Council, and incumbent Sidney Kramer, and Republican candidate Albert Ceccone, who is unopposed in the Sept. 11 primary.

Candidates for the District 1 council seat, Democrat Marilyn Goldwater and Republican Betty Ann Krahnke, also are scheduled to participate. Neither faces party opposition in the primary.

Time will be set aside for presentations by the 12 candidates for the four at-large council seats. The Democratic candidates are incumbents Bruce T. Adams, Rose Crenca, Isiah Leggett and Michael L. Subin and challengers Michael A. Cafarelli Sr., Gail Ewing and Gene Lynch. Republican candidates are Robin Ficker, Richard C. LaSota, George Edward Sauer, Edward R. Shannon and John F. Thomas.

The general election will be held Nov. 6.


Beginning Saturday, the city's Code Enforcement Office will be open some weekend hours for the convenience of Gaithersburg residents who plan to renovate their homes and have questions about construction or need to apply for building permits.

Information will be available on permit requirements and standards for the construction of decks and additions, interior remodeling and electrical wiring.

The new Saturday hours, which will be available only by appointment, currently are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22. The agency's offices are at City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave. Residents should call 258-6330 Monday through Friday to make a Saturday appointment.

The service is available only to homeowners doing the renovation work themselves, and not to contractors.