Marc Elrich * *

Age: 56

Residence: Takoma Park.

Education: BA, history, University of Maryland; MA, teaching, Johns Hopkins University.

Occupation: Teacher, Rolling Terrace Elementary School, Montgomery County.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Takoma Park City Council 1987-present; past president, Between the Creeks Neighborhood Association;

past regional vice president, Maryland Low-Income Housing Coalition; member, NARAL; member, NOW; member, Sierra Club; member, Sensible Growth; member, 1000 Friends of Maryland;

member, Neighbors for a Better Montgomery.

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

"We face two critical issues. First is to maintain our stock of affordable housing that is being threatened by a wave of condo conversions that could displace large numbers of low-income families. At a time of increasing scarcity of affordable units, these conversions target those who are most vulnerable and who have the fewest housing options in our housing market. The second key issue the city faces is the challenge of getting fair rebates for the duplicate taxes paid by city residents to the county for services the city provides. This inequity places an unfair burden on all our residents."

Why should voters elect you?

"I work hard to represent the interests of our diverse community. I'm absolutely committed to furthering the progressive policies that Takoma Park is known for."

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