Seth Grimes

Age: 46

Residence: Takoma Park.

Education: BA, philosophy, Wesleyan University; MA, mathematics, University of Washington.

Occupation: President, Alta Plana Corp.; contributing editor, Intelligent Enterprise magazine.

Elected offices/civic activities: None given.

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

"Takoma Park is extraordinary, yet we as a city face difficult challenges. The incumbent mayor's four terms have given us a police force that has been 10 percent understaffed since 2001, huge community-center cost overruns and no gym, a decade of neglected roads before last year's emergency $2 million bond, and reactive, haphazard approaches to city finances, development, environmentalism, and the departure of Washington Adventist Hospital. Economic development has languished; we must better serve lower-income residents, kids and seniors. We need fresh ideas to strengthen our community based on our shared progressive ideals. We need change for the better."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will provide the innovative, responsive, accountable leadership Takoma Park has lacked to deal with pressing management, financial, public safety and development challenges."

Web site:

www.sethgrimes.org

E-mail address:

seth@sethgrimes.org

Kathy Porter *

Age: 55

Residence: South of Sligo.

Education: AB, Radcliffe College; MA, public administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Occupation: Self-employed policy analyst.

Elected offices/civic activities: Mayor, Takoma Park, 1997-present; council member, Ward 2, Takoma Park, 1991-97; former president, South of Sligo Citizens Association; former treasurer and board member, Historic Takoma; advisory board, Takoma Foundation; member, Friends of Takoma Park Library; member, Friends of Sligo Creek.

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

"Takoma Park faces several challenges. Although major crimes are at a 10-year low, our police should be more visible and communicate better with residents. The first phase of our community center is finished, but I am committed to adding a gym. While we have increased our tax rebates from the county, our analysis shows we should get more. We achieved a win-win with development at Montgomery College -- campus expansion with neighborhood preservation -- and we need to do the same with development at the Takoma Metro and in Old Town."

Why should voters elect you?

"My experience as mayor, long working relationships with officials at other levels of government and commitment to the progressive policies of a diverse, eclectic community."

Web site:

www.kathyporterformayor.com

E-mail address:

portertakoma@verizon.net