Mike Knapp (D)

Age: 36

Residence: Gemantown.

Education: BA, economics and government, College of William and Mary; U.S. Army Engineer Officer Basic Course.

Occupation: Director of corporate development, Celera Genomics.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board member, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Committee for Montgomery and the Germantown Alliance; vice president, outreach and community affairs, Germantown HELP; member, Montgomery County Road Runners Association.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I understand the concerns of District 2 from the leadership roles I have held with Germantown HELP, the Germantown Alliance, Black Rock Center for the Arts and the Committee for Montgomery. I am a proven, effective leader, with experience as an executive in the biotechnology industry, a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate and a U.S. Army Reserve officer. District 2 is a diverse, fast-growing and dynamic district that requires a strong advocate who can represent its needs and interests. I have the background to provide leadership on the important issues of transportation and education our district deserves."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I am an independent voice who has focused on leading our communities forward and will proactively represent the interests of all people in our district."

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Nancy H. Dacek* (R)

Age: 68

Residence: Darnestown-Germantown.

Education: BA, political science, Wellesley College, 1955; MA, education, Case Western Reserve University, 1956.

Occupation: Member, Mongtomery County Council.

Elected offices/civic activities: Past president, Montgomery County Council of PTAs and High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association; past vice president, Montgomery County Civic Federation; past chairman, Western Area Recreation Advisory Board; member, board of trustees, Black Rock Center for the Arts.

Why should the voters elect you?

"My priorities as the District 2 council member have been and will continue to be the priorities my up-county citizens demand and deserve. I am the independent, fiscally responsible voice on the Montgomery County Council. I will continue to push for traffic congestion relief; a first-rate educational system; sensible growth while preserving neighborhoods and the environment; innovative public safety initiatives; and measures to encourage and support a strong, growing economy. I pledge to listen to your concerns and provide effective, common-sense solutions as we meet new challenges and opportunities."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"Longtime community activist, former MCCPTA president, member of Education and Public Safety Committees and mother of five children. I provide experience, commitment and effectiveness."

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