QUESTION: What is the most important issue facing the county, and how would you deal with it?



(1 seat) Derick P. Berlage Marc Elrich Susan K. Heltemes Dianne Smith Elizabeth Taylor Derick P. Berlage 201 Williamsburg Dr., Silver Spring Age: 33

Lawyer and civic activist; governing board member, Maryland Common Cause; legislative representative, Common Cause; executive committee, Sierra Club Rock Creek Group; chairman, Woodmoor-Pinecrest Citizens Association committee on overdevelopment near Four Corners; lawyer representing whistleblowers who exposed fraud in government defense contracts; volunteer, Washington Committee for Soviet Jewry and Montgomery County Hunger Relief Drive; lawyer representing international refugee assistance task force, the Citizens Commission on Afghan Refugees.

A. We need a county council that will listen to the people of the community, instead of big money developers. I made a commitment long ago to fight for open and responsive government. I've worked for Common Cause and as an attorney representing whistleblowers who exposed fraud in government contracts. I pledge to maintain that commitment on the council -- giving the people of our community a real voice in the government that affects their lives. We must control runaway growth and insist that land developers pay more of the cost of new roads and schools. I've refused to accept campaign donations from county developers, and will be a strong, independent advocate for our neighborhoods and environment. That's why I've been endorsed by the Sierra Club, the Montgomery County Education Association, Clean Water Action, the Retired Teachers Association, the League of Environmental Voters and a countywide coalition of neighborhood activists. Marc Elrich

Questionnaire not received from candidate Susan K. Heltemes 2445 Lyttonsville Rd., No. 1505 Silver Spring Age: 38

Project coordinator, Westat Inc., Rockville; led successful effort to halt consolidation of Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Station and Silver Spring No. 1 Station; initiated effort to refurbish Long Branch Recreation Center leading to its future reconstruction; as former chairman, Silver Spring Center Citizens Advisory Board, worked with Woodside community to bring government center to reality; member, Georgetown Branch Citizens Advisory Committee; past member, Silver Spring Transportation Management District Board; Democratic party activities: precinct official, 1981 to present; Outstanding Young Democrat of Maryland, 1983; past president, Montgomery County Young Democrats; former legislative aide, Del. Gilbert J. Genn (D-Montgomery); Montgomery County coordinator, Carter-Mondale campaign, 1980; MA, library science, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A. Montgomery County government has not resolved our problems. Residential property taxes are too high -- I will work to equalize the burden so that developers pay their share. Affordable day care is scarce -- I'll push for the development of additional day-care facilities through innovative measures to insure nearby quality day care for all. Traffic congestion is horrendous -- I'll work to construct the Georgetown Branch/Route 29 light rail and support ride-sharing and other mass transit measures. Garbage is inundating us -- I'll work to expedite countywide recycling to include tenants and businesses. It's unconscionable that Montgomery County is in the dark ages of recycling 20 years after Earth Day. There isn't enough affordable housing -- I'll promote construction of low/moderate-income housing while preserving older housing stock. Neighborhoods are losing their sense of identity -- I'll work with community leaders to rekindle community spirit to stop drugs, crime, hate and violence. Dianne Smith 10122 Capitol View Ave., Silver Spring Age: 47

Assistant director of nursing, Circle Manor Nursing Home; president, Capitol View Park Citizens Association; member, Montgomery County Task Force on Future Budget Needs 1990; vice chairman and founding member, Committee for Montgomery County; president and first vice president (Area I), Montgomery County Council of PTAs; member, Greater Wheaton Neighborhood Network-Fighting Against Drugs; chairman, Montgomery County Project to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness; member, Montgomery County Public Schools School-Based Management Pilots; chairman, citizens' committee, Capitol View Park Sector Plan (Wheaton-Kensington Master Plan); president, elementary, intermediate and high school PTAs; married, mother of four children attending Montgomery County public schools.

A. How to cope with the county's rapidly changing character -- and the immediate ripple effect that growth has on education, transportation, the environment and family services -- is the most important issue. Growth must be planned for and managed. A better balance between residential and commercial development is needed. Alleviate the stresses growth places on housing, schools, roads, environment and residents by increasing efficiency of government services and seeking equitable revenue sources. Social needs -- Foster more responsive work-site programs for both elder and child care; push for more progressive unpaid family and parental leave policies; provide more effective rehabilitation for those incarcerated due to drug involvement; focus on human service programs that empower families (like home ownership in Housing Opportunity Commission); improve coordination between public, private and volunteer services. Fiscal Responsibility -- Develop a comprehensive budget process to identify priorities and needed revenues over a two- to four-year cycle. Such long-term planning can assure that negotiated contracts are honored. Elizabeth Taylor 8214 Cedar St., Silver Spring Age: 49

Civic activist and housewife; succeeded in having zoning enforced on oversized 801 Wayne Ave. building; chairman, PROGRESS (a citizens group working to return department stores and add housing to downtown Silver Spring), 1987-90; member, Silver Spring Central Business District (master plan) Advisory Committee, 1988-89; MA in public management, University of Maryland, 1986; as president of Neighborhoods Together, 1979-85, reinstated $159,000 community crime prevention grant and helped organize anti-Ku Klux Klan rally; president, East Silver Spring Citizens Association, 1975-79; married, two children; member, Silver Spring Center Citizens Advisory Board, 1979-82, and Montgomery County Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee, 1975-79.

A. Montgomery County has been a good place to raise a family. We must find ways to maintain this quality of life in the current economic situation. We need to make good day care and a quality education available for all children (gifted, average and disadvantaged) so they can reach their potential; hence, I support space dedicated to day care in all new schools and major school renovations and adequate education funding. We need to retain and increase the amount of affordable housing so our grown children can afford to live here; hence, I support retention of units in the Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit program. We need to increase public safety and lessen the drug problem; hence, I support increased cooperation between police and community. In District 5, we need to work for retail and residential revitalization of Silver Spring so that the downtown becomes safe and alive on weekends and evenings.



(1 seat) Joan Ennis is unopposed