Terry Seamens * *

Age: 59

Residence: Takoma Park, Ward 4.

Education: Studied computer science at Erie Community College.

Occupation: Consultant, SAIC-Innovative Solutions.

Elected offices/civic activities: Ward 4 council member, Takoma Park, 1999-2001, 2003-present; chair, Montgomery County Community Action Board; member, Council of Governments Human Services Policy Committee; member, Council of Governments Public Safety Policy Committee; vice president, Ritchie Citizens Association; member, Historic Takoma; member, Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library.

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

"The diverse population of Takoma Park is dramatically changing. Escalating housing prices and rising taxes are gradually gentrifying the city. Many apartment buildings are converting to condominiums, moving them from rent-controlled affordable housing to market-rate housing. Low- to moderate-income homeowners find it increasingly difficult to pay rising property taxes, forcing many of them to move. Rising consumer costs, resulting from escalating gas prices, make it more difficult for low-income residents to meet their basic needs in our city. The problem is exacerbated by the low participation in our government by people most affected by the price increases."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will seek cost-cutting measures, resist new expenditures, work to slow the flood of condominium conversions and strive to empower the under-represented city residents."

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