Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: What issue inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference?
Brucce T. Adams (Democrat)
Gail Ewing (Democrat)
Richard C. LaSota (Republican)
Isiah Leggett (Democrat)
George Edward Sauer (Republican)
Edward R. Shannon (Republican)
Michael L. Subin (Democrat)
John R. Thomas (Republican)
Bruce T. Adams
7211 Exeter Rd., Bethesda
County Council member; co-chairman, Regional Task Force on Growth and Transportation, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; lecturer, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland; former national research director, Common Cause; fellow, Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, 1979; chairman, Montgomery County Charter Review Commission, 1979-82; author, Maryland Environmental Policy Act of 1973; co-recipient, 1989 County Fair Housing Award; initiated award-winning Community Service Day; 1990 leadership awards from county medical society and American Heart Association; graduate, Princeton University and Georgetown University Law School.
I grew up in Montgomery County, and I value our county's tradition of open, issue-oriented government. I ran for the council in 1986 because I thought these values were threatened. The council had degenerated into a politics of personality where political factions seemed more important than substantive issues. I ran to restore the basic Montgomery County open-government tradition I had worked for at Common Cause. From Bethesda to Laytonsville and from Silver Spring to Germantown, I have worked to build bridges and solve problems. I initiated Community Service Day to demonstrate we all have responsibility for making Montgomery County a special place. I brought business, labor, civic and minority representatives together to create the Committee for Montgomery to lobby for our fair share of state funding. By my ability to forge coalitions, the council has enacted progressive legislation in affordable housing, community service, public health and child care.
Gail Ewing (D)
12804 North Commons Way, Potomac
Public policy coordinator, Alzheimer's Association of Greater Washington, since 1987; top aide to council member, 1980-85; author, groundbreaking legislation establishing Maryland Respite Care Program for the Functionally Disabled; chairman, Montgomery County Commission on Health and Community Coalition for the Schools; president, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Business and Professional Women; originator, Citizens Symposium on the Budget; legislative chairman, American Association of University Women; member, League of Women Voters, 1976-present; board member, Montgomery County Women's Political Caucus; member, NAACP; BA, University of Maryland; married, two sons graduated from Montgomery County schools.
A. Making the County Council more effective is one of the critical issues that prompted me to run. As a council member I would work to enhance the council's reponsiveness and action. I am committed to government that meets the needs of our citizens, makes fiscally responsible decisions, and provides foward-looking leadership for a brighter future. My 1990-91 priorities emphasize this approach: 1) restore faith in government: hold the line on taxes, trim the budget for efficiency, lead with common sense, action and accessibility; 2) planning for balanced, moderate growth, which preserves the suburban character of the county and emphasizes government's obligation to provide infrastructure; 3) launching a major drug offensive to reduce the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse throughout the community; 4) renewing a strong emphasis on health and education by restoring focus and action at the council. I would bring to the council the courage and competence necessary to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Richard C. Lasota (R)
38 Blackburn Ct., Burtonsville
Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools; MEd, administration, Western Maryland College; BS, education, California State College (Pa.); educator, Montgomery County public schools, 1972-present; board of directors, Oakhurst Homeowners Association; member, Metro Maryland Ostomy Association; board of directors, American Cancer Society, Montgomery County unit; teacher representative, Montgomery County Education Association, 1972-82; former Grievance Committee chairman, Montgomery County Education Association; NAACP Honorary Freedom Fund dinner committee chairman, 1989 and 1990; former teacher representative, Belmont Elementary School PTA Executive Committee; chairman, Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, 1987-90; married; two children.
A. I was inspired to run by the incumbents' record of mismanagement, which left unimproved major problems of four years ago: overcrowded schools; congested roads; poorly equipped and undermanned police; lack of affordable housing; and inefficient social programs. By 1990, drug related crime had increased, there were construction cost overruns, and the budget had increased $600 million (60 percent). It's time for a change. It's time to elect a council member who recognizes: the need for a responsible common sense approach to governing; the need to listen, learn and understand the short and long-term impact of problems and offer caring, efficient and creative solutions achieved throughout open debate and decision making; and that raising taxes and creating new taxes forces families to limit their spending -- government must control its spending before seeking any new sources of money. It's time for new management -- not new taxes.
Isiah Leggett (D)
2137 Countryside Dr., Silver Spring
Vice president, Montgomery County Council; council member, 1986-present;member, Education Committee; chairman, Personnel and GSA committees; law professor, Howard University Law School, and assistant dean, 1975-86; BA, political science; MA, government; JD; LLM; chairman, County Human Relations Commission and Employment Discrimination Judicial Panel, 1983-86; White House fellow, 1977-78, USDA and Navy legal adviser; decorated U.S. Army captain; small business/legislative aide to Rep. Parren Mitchell; board of directors, Great Hope Homes; Vietnam Veterans Leadership Forum, Montgomery County NAACP.
A. I want to continue to serve as a stabilizing voice for a moderate, reasonable level of growth, development consistent with the county's ability to provide the needed schools, roads, libraries and recreational facilities. We can better address this problem by carefully following the county's General Plan restricting future growth in the designated Wedges and Corridors. We must eliminate the serious imbalance that exists between jobs and housing construction. The county needs to restrict high density development to areas near major transportation routes and the Metro. Eliminating traffic congestion related to growth also involves creating additional incentives for building affordable housing closer to employers. Greater access to public transportation, more frequent mass transit service and better coordinated land use planning with surrounding jurisdictions can lessen the impact of increased development on roads and services. I believe that I can provide the seasoned leadership needed to achieve these objectives.
George Edward Sauer (R)
8307 Postoak Rd., Rockville
Realtor, Frank L. Hewitt Co.; graduate, Montgomery Blair High School, 1952; graduate, St. John's College, 1956; graduate, Officer Candidate School USNR, 1957; president, Montgomery County Civic Federation, 1974, 1984-86; member, County Council task forces on: farmland preservation, recycling, performing arts, fiscal affairs and cable television; member, Keep Montgomery County Beautiful and Keep Montgomery County Moving; president, Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, 1979; charter member, Friends of the Round House Theater; area vice president and legislative chair, MCCPTA.
A. As a past president and spokesman for the Montgomery County Civic Federation, I have often felt that our one-party County Council was not listening to the voice of the citizens. The most important issue facing county residents is maintaining our quality of life in the face of rising needs and a declining economy. The Linowes Commission will recommend cuts in programs benefiting Montgomery County while directing even more of our taxes to other jurisdictions. Unless the state can or will pay its share of the cost of development (roads and schools), we should restrict development, as it will hurt the state budget while relieving the local taxpayers. Property taxes cannot continue to bear the major burden of local government. User fees and taxes based on the ability to pay must fund the programs and services we need and desire. We need to be sure that local government is funding programs that local government needs to fund but not trying to compete with state and federal programs nor funding services that are better left to the private sector.
Edward R. Shannon (R)
2812 Blazer Ct., Silver Spring
Lawyer; member: D.C. Bar, Maryland Bar, Bar Association of D.C., American Bar Association.
If elected, I would expect to follow in general the "priority county expenditure plan"; namely: 1) Hold the line against any increase in taxes and public debt. 2) Fully fund those government services that directly benefit all the citizens (i.e. fire and police departments, education, etc.). 3) Fully fund those government services that adequately provide food, clothing, shelter and medical services to the indigent. 4) Partially fund, if necessary (i.e., limited funds after 1, 2, and 3 above) those government services that directly benefit some citizens and only indirectly benefit all the citizens (i.e., horseback riding, swimming pools, etc.) A) Support a countywide group medical policy to assist residents with the cost of medical care, which would become part of 2. B) Support a county day-job program, which would be part of 3.
Michael L. Subin (D)
61 Midline Ct., Gaithersburg
Member, Montgomery County Council; president, Montgomery council, 1987-88; vice president, Montgomery council, 1986-87; current chairman, Montgomery council's Education Committee; chairman, Montgomery College Board of Trustees; chairman, Committee for the Up-County; community relations vice president, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; vice chairman, Private Industry Council; BA, international affairs; master of public administration; MA, legislative affairs.
A. I believe that one person can make a difference in ensuring effective, responsive government and -- as a four-year member of the County Council, I have. The issues are complex, and making the necessary tough choices requires hard work and analysis, experience and compassion. I believe I have proven my willingness and my ability to effectively grapple with the problems before us. Of the many challenges facing the County Council right now, my greatest contribution would continue to be in the area of education. Serving as chairman of the council's Education Committee has given me the breadth and depth of knowledge required to ensure that our county maintains and builds upon its first-rate school system. Hand-in-hand with education is the need for high-quality day care. I also would concentrate on working toward an efficient, accessible public transportation system to relieve congestion and preserve the quality of our neighborhoods and natural resources.
John F. Thomas (R)
5215 Cedar Lane, Bethesda
Architect and planner, 17 years; president, Architectural Development Company; past president, Burnt Mills Civic Association; consultant to various civic associations in Montgomery County; professional degree in architecture, University of Texas; certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board; honorary discharge, 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army; two years with military intelligence during the Vietnam conflict.
A. Nearly every issue being faced in Montgomery County is affected directly or indirectly by the massive growth that has taken place during the past five years. If we are to control our taxes, we must first control our county budget, and the only hope we have of controlling the budget is to first control the quality and rate of growth. We are concerned about affordable housing for first-time home buyers, and well we should be. However, we should first take steps to ensure that those who have already bought homes do not lose them just because they can no longer afford to pay the taxes. We must provide a 50 percent discount on residential property taxes for our retired citizens on low fixed incomes. John Thomas is the only candidate qualified to address issues of planning and the development of master plans and zoning in order to control growth.