Let's restore Montgomery's promise
By Doug Rosenfeld
Contrary to what you may have read in The Post, there is an alternative to the status quo in the race for Montgomery County executive. I am running, and this is why.
I chose to raise my family in the county because I believed it was a place of great promise: a county of safe neighborhoods shielded from overdevelopment, supported by top-tier schools and a strong employment base. I sense that promise slipping away.
Many communities have formed neighborhood watch groups or hired private security services, yet they still do not feel as safe as they once did.
Residents in areas near the planned "Science City" in North Potomac or White Flint face high-density development that will dwarf their neighborhoods and bring traffic to a standstill.
Our schools' instructional budget has been funded below the minimum level required by state law for two straight years. And Fairfax has handily bested us in attracting new jobs.
We must commit ourselves to public safety. If voters reject ambulance fees, any budget adjustments I propose will not affect our first responders.
Progress can occur without overwhelming existing communities. What happened to moderation?
We must preserve open space and make sure necessary infrastructure is in place before we build.
When it comes to schools, our children come first. We can no longer afford to spend one of every three education dollars on administrative overhead.
Finally, we must grow our corporate tax base. The first step is to bring professional leadership to our county's Office of Economic Development. Fairfax knows how to lure top-flight industry. We must follow its lead.
Together we can restore Montgomery's promise. I ask for your vote Tuesday.
The writer is the Republican candidate for county executive in Montgomery County.
| October 31, 2010; 10:44 PM ET
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