Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).
A: I consider myself Fiscal Conservative & Social Liberal.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?
A: Our county faces several challenges and I feel maintaining high ranking of our school system is one of the biggest challenges. Currently our school system is slipping in ranking. This must be checked by providing more funding for school construction, better teaching resources. That will help reduce the achievement gaps between difference zip codes. The education of our youth should never be compromised. We have most educated and skillful workforce. Focus on education will help us maintain that edge over neighboring jurisdictions. Educated workforce attracts employers and high paying jobs, hence essential for our economic growth. We should make community colleges free of charge. Check next questions how we will pay for these.
Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?
A: As an immigrant to this country 44 years ago, I felt Education empowered me to achieve my American dream. Education is one thing I will like to provide adequate resources to keep our county ahead. Education fuels economic engine.
Q: How will you pay for your project/program?
A: Belt tightening in the county expenditure will help us yield savings in spending without compromising services to our community. My experience with private sector has prepared me to control budget and schedules for various capital and maintenance projects. With my personal experience with the county workings I can say, there is negligent waste and miss-use of resources which can be addressed. I being an expert in this I can say we have to train our county workforce with methodology to save money on projects. There will be minimal cost. I feel we can save 8-9% of capital and maintenance budget. The savings can be diverted to education, road maintenance and services to the community. Same methodology will be recommended to the School system to achieve savings.