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Montgomery County Council District 2

 

Republican

 

Ed Amatetti

Where you live: North Potomac 

Date of birth: April 1, 1959 

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Semi-retired. Former public school teacher in Montgomery County (2006-08), Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Management consultant, Vista Consulting Group. 

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Candidate for Montgomery County Board of Education, 2014 (lost) 

Campaign information:

1 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

I bring experience in: (1) business/finance; (2) local government operations; (3) education; and (4) Montgomery County civics advocacy. I have a degree in economics and an MBA in Finance, and I managed multi-year contracts helping local governments across the country improve operational efficiency and control costs. In 2002, I began a second career to pursue my passion for education beginning as a classroom teacher, including in MCPS, and significant involvement in education reform for more than two decades. I am a board member of Montgomery County Taxpayers League and Maryland Taxpayers Association, and work with Montgomery County Civics Association.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

My #1 priority is to begin making policy decisions and spending priorities based on objective criteria and sound fiscal management, rather than special interests and political agendas. This will make us a more affordable county to live in with lower taxes and government spending, and fewer regulations that unnecessarily increase the cost of housing and operating a business. It will create jobs and end our chronic economic underperformance, and give us the money to do the things we want to do, such as meeting our transportation and school construction needs, and better serving the least fortunate among us.

3 – What is one major issue the current County Council has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

UpCounty residents are poorly represented by its Councilmembers. UpCounty residents have one of the worst commutes in the entire country. We are home to 10 of the lowest performing schools in the county, and the fewest number of magnet/immersion programs for its talented and hard-working students. Development has been poorly planned. Public safety is in alarming decline, leading residents to move out of Germantown and Montgomery Village. I will make sure UpCounty becomes a priority including: building M-83 and other transportation solutions; making our schools a priority; and jobs so our adult children can afford to make UpCounty home.

 

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Democrat

 

Craig L. Rice (incumbent)

Where you live: Germantown

Date of birth: Sept. 27, 1972

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: County Council member representing District 2 since 2006. Previously: District 15 state delegate, 2006-10

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): See above

Campaign information:

1 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

As a member of the Montgomery County Council, I have spent the last eight years serving District 2. Before that, I served 4 years in the Maryland General Assembly representing much of the same area. All of this prior experience has allowed me to function as a highly effective representative with a myriad of contacts throughout the State to move agendas, bills and issues important to my community forward.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

As the Chair of the Education Committee, the most important issue facing us is creating a universal Pre-K system to address our achievement gap. As a member of the Kirwan commission that is looking at how to create this system Statewide, our next step is to lobby the State give funding to local jurisdictions to create a high-quality, effective, affordable and accessible program.

3 – What is one major issue the current County Council has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

I believe our County could be doing a better job taking care of our small and mid-sized businesses. We do well when it comes to our large corporations and headquarters, but it is often our mid-sized and small businesses that are not receiving the same levels of support. It is my hope that in my next term, we can create an even more focused approach to supporting businesses and growing jobs in our County.

4 – What measures do you advocate to address what is often referred to as the “achievement gap” in Montgomery County Public Schools? (100 words max)

My number one issue is the achievement gap. See above.

5 – Do you support Gov. Hogan’s plan to ease traffic congestion by widening I-495 and I-270, including the installation of toll lanes? (100 words max)

Governor Hogan’s proposal is smoke and mirrors. This Governor knows that the priority for fixing traffic on 270 is 2 reversible H.O.T lanes, which has been a priority of this Council for decades. In addition, his proposal does not even include north of 370, which is where the bulk of volume feeding onto 270 comes from. Upper Montgomery County, Frederick County and Washington County are all losers in his latest iteration of traffic mitigation.

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