Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: How would you balance statewide interests with the specific needs of your constituents?
Torin K. Andrews (Republican)
Kumar P. Barve (Democrat)
Jennie M. Forehand (Democrat)
Michael R. Gordon (Democrat)
David S. Green (Republican)
Torin K. Andrews (R)
623 Lakeworth Dr., Gaithersburg
Lawyer in private practice; pro bono lawyer for Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund; provide pro bono legal assistance for indigents; member, Montgomery County Taxpayers League, Sierra Club, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Izaak Walton League and Rockville Chamber of Commerce; BA in political science, University of Maryland, 1982; BS in computer science, University of Maryland, 1983; JD, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1989; lifelong resident of Montgomery County; graduate of Rockville High School.
A. In Montgomery County, so-called statewide interests have been used for years as the excuse as to why much needed revenues from the county are taxed out and allocated to other counties and Baltimore City. The state government claims to be acting in the interest of the state as a whole when it takes revenue out of Montgomery County and allocates it to less affluent jurisdictions. The citizens of Montgomery County are generally enthusiastic about helping out other areas of the state. However, when our own needed schools and roads are not constructed because, for example, the state government wants to build two stadiums in Baltimore City, well, enough is enough. In this case, the state is acting abusively, while the citizens of Montgomery County must sit in traffic and send their children to overcrowded schools. Our current delegates have been ineffective in improving the county's disproportionate tax burden.
Kumar P. Barve (D)
11 Pontiac Way, Gaithersburg
Financial analyst, contract negotiator, self-employed; treasurer, board member, Maryland affiliate of the National Abortion Rights Action League, 1986-90; elected delegate, Greenbelt Cooperative, 1987-present; founding board member, Montgomery County Democratic Action Committee, 1987-90; treasurer, Montgomery County Young Democrats; Democratic precinct chairman, member, District 17 Democratic Caucus; member of the Sierra Club, Maryland Citizen Action Coalition, Indian Cultural Coordinating Committee; BS in accounting, Georgetown University, 1980.
A. The government can serve the needs of Montgomery County and the state as a whole by recognizing that a prosperous local economy is necessary for the economic prosperity of the entire state. Our county and the state will prosper only if expenditures are controlled and prioritized properly. First, the size of state government should be contained with a freeze on new hiring. Next, the state must maintain the integrity of local government by rejecting proposals made to the Linowes Commission which would reduce revenue returned to local taxpayers under the existing "piggyback" tax. The state should reemphasize its commitment to education by rejecting proposals to end the state government's current practice of shouldering the costs of local teacher retirement and pensions. Finally, state spending should be authorized, which will help the Washington area diversify its economy and thereby cope with the coming economic showdown caused by cuts in federal spending.
Jennie M. Forehand (D)
712 Smallwood Rd., Rockville
Delegate, 1978-present; former teacher, juvenile probation counselor; Appropriations Committee, (health and environment, capital budget, "program open space" subcommittees); Montgomery Delegation transportation chairman; National Institutes of Health, Bio-Safety Committee; active in the following legislative issues: fiscal management, women's reproductive rights, environment, gun control, health, Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents, wellness, education, day care for children and seniors, affordable housing, arts, licensing financial planners, drunk driving, convenient Motor Vehicle Administration hours, bond bills for local projects, technology support, international trade; member, American Association of University Women, Methodist Board of Church Society, Maryland College of Art and Design, Girl Scouts Advisory, Rockville Arts Place; BS, industrial relations, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
A. Local priorities must be addressed with overall statewide needs -- and made part of a package. Careful analysis of priorities (what, why, where, by and for whom and costs) must be supported by local legislators working as a team -- and then strategies developed for support. Improve coalitions with jurisdictions with similar concerns. In my 12 years on the Appropriations Committee, I have visited every area of the state and developed an excellent rapport with legislators to help them get funding for bond projects -- this cooperation has resulted in getting our needs met too. I also worked successfully during the budget review process to keep funding and programs benefiting our area. Communication with state Sen. Larry Levitan (D) enhances cooperation on the budget from Senate and House. Very important is an excellent relationship with the governor and departmental secretaries -- and meeting with them on specific issues.
Michael R. Gordon (D)
9200 Rosemont Dr., Gaithersburg
Lawyer and partner with Ehrlich & Gordon; member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1983-present; chairman, Montgomery County House Delegation, 1986-present; member, House Ways and Means, Rules and Executive Nominations and Legislative Policy committees; member, Human Resources Committee, Southern Legislative Conference of State Governments; received Maryland Municipal League Awards, annually 1983-86 and 1988; CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Award, 1989; member, Montgomery County and Gaithersburg/Upper Montgomery County chambers of commerce; member, Montgomery County and Maryland Bar associations; board member, Montgomery County court-appointed Special Advocate Program.
A. As a member of the House for eight years and chairman of the Montgomery County Delegation for four years, I am constantly faced with the need to balance statewide interests with the specific needs of my constituents. This has required me to focus on the need to build coalitions and alliances with delegates from other jurisdictions and delegations in order to address issues of mutual concern, such as school construction and transportation needs. Additionally, I have encouraged my colleagues to visit Montgomery County and experience firsthand its problems and needs, thereby causing them to focus on the fact that many of the county's issues that require attention from the state are, in fact, statewide issues. This approach enables me to fulfill what I consider to be my responsibility to the citizens of Maryland while still making sure that the concerns of District 17 constituents are protected.
David S. Green (R) 883 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg Age: 31
Writer and editor, freelance, 1988-present; traveling aide, U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes, 1988; staff assistant (summer), Department of Defense, 1986, 1987; U.S. Information Agency, 1984, 1985; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1983; managing editor, "Claremont Review of Books," 1983-86; president, Pi Sigma Alpha honor society (Claremont chapter), 1983-84; MA in government, Claremont Graduate School, 1984, with additional graduate work in government, 1984-87; BA in politics, Wake Forest University, 1981; member, Montgomery County Young Republicans; lifelong resident of Montgomery County and graduate of Montgomery County public schools; married.
A. One of the greatest services a delegate from Montgomery County can render to the citizens of Maryland, and his own constituents, is to fight vigorously any proposed tax increases. Maryland residents already pay more in state and local income taxes per capita than the citizens of every state except New York, and more in total taxes per capita than the citizens of all but three states. Accordingly, Maryland's government has ample revenue to fulfill its basic functions; it only lacks revenue to fund wasteful projects and additional layers upon layers of bureaucracy. Our aim should be to encourage self-reliance, and this is best achieved by allowing each of us to keep a larger portion of what we earn. Higher taxes will only stifle Maryland's economy, imperiling many jobs and families, as well as the tax base from which Maryland obtains funds for necessary government services.