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)

Marilyn Goldwater (Democrat)

Betty Ann Krahnke (Republican)

Marilyn Goldwater (D)

5508 Durbin Rd., Bethesda

Age: 62

Registered nurse; director, Office of Federal Relations, Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; elected delegate, Maryland General Assembly, 1974-82, member, Appropriations and Environmental Matters committees and Joint Ethics and Health Care committees, deputy majority whip, 1984-86; sponsor of environmental, health and consumer legislation; board member, Montgomery County Community Service Partnership; named legislator of the year by Maryland Public Health Association; received Ann London Scott Award for legislative excellence from National Organization for Women; listed in Who's Who in American Politics and Who's Who in American Nursing; author of "Prescription for Nurses: Effective Political Action."

A. Public service is the most challenging arena in which to make a contribution to the community. My longstanding community activism and my 12 years in the legislature have provided a unique background for meeting the challenge of ensuring that government operates economically, efficiently and effectively. The urgency of the challenge demands the most knowledgeable candidate on a broad range of issues. I have a proven record of working and voting for open and responsive government; managing growth and land use; protecting the environment; equitable tax structure and responsible spending; strong, effective public education; health care cost containment and availability; and improving coordination of public and private human services programs. I have earned a reputation for integrity, independence, responsiveness and toughness tempered by compassion and accessibility. My experience has prepared me well to meet the challenge my first day on the job as a council member.

Betty Ann Krahnke (R)

4700 Morgan Dr., Chevy Chase

Age: 48

Resident of the county for 26 years; active in civic and community affairs; member, Montgomery County Planning Board, 1979-1987, and United Way Council, 1986-present; executive vice president, Montgomery County Historical Society, 1986-present; member, League of Women Voters; founding member and past chairwoman, Citizens Coordinating Committee on Friendship Heights; active in PTA, 1970-1984; former campaign staff member, Connie Morella for Congress; former columnist on planning for Montgomery Journal; BA summa cum laude, University of California at Santa Barbara; graduate study at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; married; three children.

A. Developers and special interests have too much influence on the County Council's planning and zoning decisions. Rampant growth has degraded our environment, caused traffic congestion, escalated housing costs and excessive property taxes and diverted vital funds from education and other social needs. Our neighborhoods and small businesses have suffered. I support controlling development, enacting a realistic countywide development tax, passing a charter amendment limiting unreasonable property tax increases and reorganizing government for more efficient management and better service delivery. My experience on growth issues as a civic activist, Planning Board member and community leader is crucial to ensuring that the council would take the leading role in changing the priorities of this county to plan for people and environment, not just buildings. We must give greater attention to quality education and other human services, housing, trees and open space. We deserve a better Montgomery County. I would be your voice on the council.