Term: 4 Years

Salary: $47,423

QUESTION: What issue inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference?


(1 seat)

Marily J. Praisner (Democrat)

Carol F. Wallace (Republican)

Marilyn J. Praisner (D)

2620 Shanandale Dr., Silver Spring

Age: 48

Two-term Board of Education member and president, 1983-84, 1986-87; leadership in civic affairs; former officer or board member, Calverton Citizens Association; Suburban Maryland Fair Housing; Montgomery County Council of PTAs; District 14A Democratic Club; Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital; former member, Montgomery County Drug Abuse Advisory Council; past president, Maryland Association of Boards of Education; BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University; completed paralegal program, University of Maryland; resigned 15-year position with federal government to run for council; 23-year resident of District 4; married; three grown children.

A. Montgomery County is at a crossroads and the quality of life that attracted many of us here is in jeopardy. We must restore our commitment to balanced, responsible growth and resolve fiscal issues from both the revenue and expenditure sides (including spending affordability limits) to ensure equal attention to community needs and fiscal stability. I have the experience, knowledge and skills to make a difference. In my eight years on the Board of Education, I have worked effectively with communities, staff and other elected officials to set priorities and reach consensus on difficult issues. I have a reputation for doing my homework, asking tough questions and making independent decisions. My statewide and regional contacts will be helpful as we grapple with transportation, environmental and funding issues. But most important, my roots are in the community. I know the issues, am action-oriented and would be a community-focused council member.

Carol F. Wallace (R)

913 Winhall Way, Silver Spring

Age: 54

Self-employed educational consultant; Montgomery County Board of Education, 1978-82, president, 1980-81; Montgomery County Taxpayers League, 1984-90, chairman, 1987-90; U.S. League, Central Maryland Council, Sea Cadet Corp chairman, 1987-present; teacher, elementary/special education, 10 years, New York, Florida (merit teacher), Montgomery County; BS, Wagner Lutheran College; graduate work at Brooklyn Law School, Newark State Teachers College, University of Tampa, University of Florida; life member, Hadassah; member, American Business Women's Association, Burtonsville Kiwanis, Montgomery County Republican Club, Olney Women's Republican Club; 26-year county resident; married, two children, one grandson.

A. The declining quality of life resulting from the inability of elected officials to prioritize needs inspired me to run for a council seat. Our present one-party government has bred machine politics and many arrogant, unresponsive politicians. With the present recession, and the anticipated budget deficits at the county ($145 million over two years) and state ($270 million) levels, it is essential to elect someone with my proven ability to prioritize the budget. As a member of the Board of Education, I helped reallocate funds from administrative overhead into the classroom. I also initiated cost-saving management operation reviews and evaluations. We must balance needs with the taxpayers' ability to pay; demand accountability; eliminate government waste, duplication and inefficiency; get fair-share of state money; provide necessary infrastructure; hire additional police and firefighters, upgrade equipment; and support quality cost-effective education. I would seek creative common-sense solutions to the problems and be responsive to the community concerns.