Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: What issue inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference?
Stephen Nathaniel Abrams (Independent)
William E. Hanna Jr. (Democrat)
Stephen Nathaniel Abrams (I)
2290 Dunster Lane, Rockville
Associate administrator, Office of International Cooperation and Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture; former general counsel, Inter-American Foundation; 16-year resident of Montgomery County; five-term member, Rockville City Council; former chairman, Transportation Planning Board, Greater Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments; attended Montgomery County public schools; BS in economics, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania; MBA, American University; JD, University of Baltimore School of Law; married, with two children.
A. The recent growth in the tax revolt movement and the inability of the Montgomery County Council to respond in a responsible fashion led me to run for the District 3 seat on the Montgomery County Council. Our tax revolt was triggered by residential real estate assessments forcing long-term residents of the county to wonder if they could stay in their homes. Instead of looking for more equitable ways of raising revenue in Montgomery County, the current council kept spending and looking to the state of Maryland and the federal government to bail them out. I am the only candidate to both ask Montgomery County to look inward to solve our fiscal problems and to offer an alternative to our current method of assessments that will provide relief to those who most need it. My proposal would allow us to levy taxes on residential real estate more in line with what the homeowner can afford and more in line with the homeowner's income.
William E. Hanna, Jr. (D)
632 Crocus Dr., Rockville
President, County Council, 1990 and 1986; Rockville mayor, four terms, only U.S. mayor to receive two "All-American City" awards; AA, physical science; AB, social studies; MA, economics; designer and sponsor of council legislation: productivity housing plan, catastrophic health insurance plan (first in the nation), R&D village concept; sponsor: development district concept for developer underwriting of needed infrastructure, Art in Public Places program and Commission on the Humanities; co-sponsor, pilot innovative program on child care; vice president, National Institute of Public Management; past president, Maryland Municipal League; board of directors, Washington Council of Governments; national treasurer, Sister Cities International.
A. No single issue motivated me to run for council, but rather the desire to contribute to many areas, such as housing, child care, health, balanced growth, fiscal responsibility and public safety. However, I do believe that lower- and moderate-income housing shortage is a fundamental ill affecting our county. This shortage is reflected in our declining labor availability, congested roads and high cost of market housing. To address this serious matter, I introduced the first comprehensive housing program in the nation, known as the Productivity Housing Program, to close the county housing deficit of 25,000 units over seven years. I also sponsored the mini-bond program to raise funds for affordable housing and co-sponsored the Housing Initiative Fund to ensure a substantial budget allocation annually for affordable housing. My priorities also include an all-out effort to pursue the Development District initiative I sponsored requiring developers -- not homeowners -- to pay for needed infrastructure.