Candidates for Greenbelt City Council fielded questions on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Greenbriar Community Center in the first forum for the 2011 elections, sponsored by the Greenbelt East Advisory Coalition (GEAC). Along with sharing biographical information and their visions for the future, candidates also answered questions on issues including:
- Budget cuts
- Speed cameras
- Closed meetings
In the order that the candidates answered
Konrad Herling: Supports speed cameras. He wants to examine the vendor supplying them, however, to see if the cameras are giving some inaccurate readings. Possible locations include: near and near .
Leta Mach: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: on Greenbelt Road. In addition, she wants to study school zones to see where people go above speed limits. She is also in favor of mobile speed cameras.
William Orleans: Opposes speed cameras. He said he would prefer to raise our taxes, have more police officers and station them where they need to be stationed.
Edward Putens: Supports speed cameras.
Rodney Roberts: Supports speed cameras.
Silke Pope: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: near schools and in places where people don’t expect them. She would be in favor of them in residential areas.
Emmett Jordan: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: Frankfort, Edmonston Road by the Middle School, on Cherrywood Lane across from the , and near the — to slow down traffic coming out of the Metro.
Judith “J” Davis: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: where they are allowed by state law, which means they have to be within ½ miles of a school, she said. She is also in favor of mobile speed cameras.
Coming up next: Stay tuned for where the candidates stand on budget cuts.
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These are summaries of the questions and answers, candidates are invited and welcome to elaborate on their responses.
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected. An earlier version incorrectly provided information about the date on which the forum was held. We regret the error.