Friday, January 26, 2007

Special Election Candidate Interviews

Dear Readers,

Marc Elrich, At-Large Montgomery County Councilmember resigned his Takoma Park City Council seat when he took office a few weeks ago. The city is holding a special election to fill that Ward 5 seat. Will Elrich's replacement take the same bulldog stance in favor of city rent control? How will she or he deal with the possible loss of the Washington Adventist Hospital, located in that ward?

As a public service and at great personal expense and sacrifice, Your Gilbert is providing space for the Ward 5 Takoma Park City Council candidates: Alexandra Quéré Barrionuevo, Eric Hensel, and Reuben Snipper. Each candidate has been asked to respond to a questionnaire and their replies will be posted as they come in, each on its own page.

No, no, Dear Readers, don’t thank us! Not yet. Wait until we also tell you that we’re encouraging a dialog between readers and candidates on granolapark's pages. Please add your comments and questions for the candidates (on granolapark, not here, if you want the candidates to respond).

NOW, you may thank us!

The election will be held Tuesday, January 30th, at Columbia Union College, Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Links to additional information, including candidate photos and statements and a pdf download of a sample ballot can be found on the city web site.

We note that the ballot sample features candidates John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr (and write-in candidate Bob Dylan). We applaud the city staff’s sense of humor, but we wince slightly at the suggestion, once again, that Takoma Park is stuck in the 60s, man, and we hope next time, they use the names from a more recent well known band, the Sex Pistols, for example, or The Spice Girls.

Go to granolapark to read the interviews. (as of this posting, just one)

- Gilbert

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