Montgomery County Council District 2



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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 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

My colleagues at MC Taxpayers League and MC Civics Federation analyzed budgets, testified, called for audits, and challenged county officials to become better stewards of taxpayers’ money. We sought transparency on school sex offenders in schools, crime, small cell towers, and fair access to school magnet programs. Often, we were ignored or information requests were not met. I felt being a concerned citizen was not enough; I needed to be a voice for residents.

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.

4 – 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.

 

Tom Ferleman

Has not responded

• Campaign information:

 

did not respond to additional questions

 

Kyle Sefcik

• Where you live: Damascus

• Date of birth: July 31, 1987

• Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Owner of K-Sef Industries (gym, events, restaurant, nonprofit, lounge, consulting, etc.)

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

• Campaign information: First run for public office

 

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

Anyone that knows me knows that I like to give back and want to positively impact my community and I just felt that I could do more and this is the opportunity and now is the time. I relate to everyone I will be serving. I am a husband to a wife who works at Shady Grove Hospital, a father to two boys who will be attending MoCo Schools, a local small business owner, founder of a nonprofit, a brother to a teacher in Clarksburg, a community servant, a professional athlete, and much more. I want to help all of us have a better quality of life, and will. 

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

I want our local government to serve the community, I want people to be involved and I want the work of the Council to be transparent. For planning, I want the process to reflect reality and serve a purpose. Too often traffic assessments conclude that traffic is at an acceptable level while the people that live there know that it is not. When a school is found to be over capacity, the developer need only to make a payment to get over that hurdle. We need to appoint Planning Board members that are willing to make decisions that serve the residents.

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

Being engaged in the Keep Damascus Rural effort, it really opened my eyes to the extent that our leaders are interested in serving special interests (i.e. developers) over those of their constituents. They oversee but turn their back to a flawed planning process that approves dense project after dense project that exacerbates traffic congestion, overcrowds the schools and disregards input from the community. One of several examples of this was the approval of Woodfield Commons in Damascus, a project the community vehemently opposed in large numbers through substantial oral and written testimony, petition and other correspondence. It’s time to make the process work for the community.

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

I own and operate a number of small businesses in the area that require me to manage both daily operations but have an eye toward the future. I have a track record of working with a variety of people to successfully coordinate and get things done, many of which are new and innovative. Long before I ever considered this run, I have founded, hosted, or coordinated numerous special events that benefits charitable organizations. I offer free women's self defense classes at my gym. I founded "GIRL Power" to empower women in our community (largest women’s only event in Maryland). I founded SoundShape, a fun and free new exercise program set to music from a DJ. I have since been invited to 47 elementary schools around the county to lead SoundShape programs for the kids. I feel that I bring unique skills and drive to the office.

 

DEMOCRAT

 

Tiquia J. Bennett

• Where you live: Germantown

• Date of birth: Oct. 31, 1984

• Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Safety instructor trainer; community support nonprofit founder

• Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): No prior office held

• Campaign information:

 

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

I am running for County Council to help strengthen the families in my community. We have a very diverse county with even more diverse issues. Some families lack the resources and opportunity for success and growth and I want to make sure they have what they need to secure their family and their future. Change starts at home, and unfortunately that’s where people need the most help. I want to be the change we need.

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

The most important issues in this race are Social Services Reform, Early childhood Education and nutrition, metro safety and reliability and our vulnerable community members. The best way to address these issues are to work directly with nonprofit organizations and community groups and with community members directly. I will make sure we are not wasting money on outdated and unsuccessful programs. I will make sure we allocate funds to what is going to help sustain and grow or economy and secure the future of our community. Our children are the future, so supporting them will be my priority every day.

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

The only one thing I can say that the current County Council has handled poorly is the representation of all the residents of the county. The decisions that are made through the Council influences all of us. Despite your financial, economic, or social status. As a resident of Montgomery County, you should be represented and provided the opportunity to thrive and succeed with the county like everyone else. As a Council member, I will consider the effect our decisions have on all the families in our communities. I will not let any of our residence be left behind or forgotten.

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

I am a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and community advocate. I am a business owner and have trained and certified over 3,250 people in my community with the skills and knowledge needed to save a life. I have also helped over 82 community members start businesses of their own. I founded the H.E.R Organization (Helping Everyone Reform), a nonprofit dedicated to helping young woman and families with the resources and opportunities they need for growth and success. I have firsthand knowledge and experience in the flaws in our system. I’m prepared and ready to address and fix it.

 

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 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

I am running for re-election because I believe I have done a great job representing my District. I have been able to pass legislation and support programs that helped my constituents experience a better way of life. I hope to be elected to another term on the Council, where I can do even more good work in the community, thus ensuring Montgomery County is an even better place to live for all of our residents.

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 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.

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