Stephen N. Abrams

Age: 61

Residence: Rockville.

Education: BS, economics, University of Pennsylvania; MBA, American University; JD, University of Baltimore.

Occupation: Counsel, Meyers-Meighan Wealth Management Group.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Montgomery County Board of Education, 1992-96, 1998-2002; member, Rockville City Council, 1980-89;

chairman, Montgomery County Republican Party; member, Maryland State Roads Commission; member, Maryland Transportation Commission; board member, Centro Familia.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Montgomery County public schools have achieved a good deal of success with the comprehensive early childhood initiatives instituted in 59 elementary schools during the past four years. The commitment to this approach must be continued, both at K-3 as well as upper levels, as these students continue through the system. Attention must also be focused on the hidden cost of this and other reform efforts: the high burnout rate of teachers and administrators. The challenge of the next board will be to keep making student performance progress while addressing the work environment issues."

Why should voters elect you?

"During my two previous terms, I provided an independent, thoughtful and compassionate voice on the board. If I'm elected, voters can expect the same service."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

steveabr@comcast.net

Walter Lange *

Age: 57

Residence: Gaithersburg.

Education: BA, sociology, College of the Holy Cross; BS, civil engineering, University of Connecticut.

Occupation: Project manager, engineer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Montgomery County Board of Education, 2000-present;

past president and former co-chairman, Human Relations Committee, Montgomery County Council of PTAs; past president, Wootton High School PTA; past co-president, DuFief Elementary School PTA; member, Leadership Montgomery; former member, Montgomery County public schools technology and gifted and talented advisory committees; former member, Committee for Montgomery; former board member, Montgomery Community Television; former member, principal's advisory committee, Edison High School.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Most urgent issue -- sustaining system efforts for high-quality educational opportunity for all. While MCPS has made significant recent progress in student learning, much remains to be done. Progress with curriculum reform and coordination of curriculum across grade levels must continue. Teachers are working hard and must be supported with necessary materials and training so that they are up to date on program changes and methods of instruction. Greater attention is needed to ensure that students and parents are fully aware of expectations and of contacts and resources. Additional supports are needed for special education and ESOL students and their families."

Why should voters elect you?

"My record shows my dedication to: opportunity for all; program excellence; successful partnerships with educators, parents, community, businesses; fiscal responsibility. Extensive management and community service."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

lange-for-boe@earthlink.net