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?

DISTRICT 2

(1 seat)

Nancy Dacek (Republican)

Vickie York (Democrat)

Nancy Dacek (R)

9913 Conestoga Way, Potomac

Age: 56

Former president, Montgomery County Council of PTAs; chairman and member, Western Area Recreation Advisory Board, 1985-89; member, countywide Recreation Advisory Board, 1987-89; member, Charter Review Commission, 1986; 1989 Citizen of the Year, Potomac Chamber of Commerce; member, Montgomery Community Television board of directors, 1985-89; executive board member, Montgomery County Civic Federation; president, Churchill High School PTSA; founding member, Potomac Community Center Board; member, superintendent's committees on discipline and teacher evaluation; BA, Wellesley College; MA, Case Western Reserve University; married; five children graduated from Montgomery County public schools.

A. Fifteen years of community leadership in school, civic, environmental and recreation issues left me frustrated at the lack of response to citizens' interests on the part of the county government. It was clear that special-interest groups were dominating the actions of elected officials. I have been an effective countywide and local leader and a coalition builder. I have worked with many agencies and departments of the county government and with the state legislature and have considerable knowledge of the governmental process. I also know the citizens and neighborhoods of the county. My reputation for hard work and being willing to listen is well known. I am tied to no special-interest group and can listen and act as an independent voice on the council. I would bring balance, experience, intelligence and openness to the council.

Vickie York (D)

1328 Carlsbad Dr., Gaithersburg

Age: 34

Real estate agent with Lewis & Silverman; vice chairman and chairman, Up-County Citizens Advisory Board; member, Housing Opportunities Commission and Gaithersburg Landlord Tenant Commission; chairman, Committee for the Up County; co-chairman, Math and Science Technology Education Resource Committee; named an outstanding Washington woman by Washingtonian magazine, 1986; volunteer for St. Martin's Soup Kitchen and Elderly Shoppers Program.

A. I am concerned about the need to preserve the special characteristics that have always attracted people to our community in the first place: safe, comfortable neighborhoods with first-rate schools, transportation and other services; beautiful parks and recreation areas; and a government that stays close to the pulse of the community. In other words, the quality of life. To accomplish this, I would, as a member of the County Council, use my experience working in the community to promote better planning and coordination of government programs -- to ensure that growth and development has the infrastructure to support it, that it is concentrated along mass transit lines and that it is managed in a way that best meets the needs of a diverse population. I would also work to increase affordable housing so that young families can still enjoy and contribute to our community.