2003 Growth Policy Response Cary Lamari     Cary's Position on Mental Health   

Democrat for County Council District 4  

Stop Special Self Interest Influence

Good Government is a right, not a privilege

You Deserve Better, you deserve good constituent service and solid/balanced decision making in District 4

I am a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, I understand what makes our County one of the most desired communities in the Country. I have spend most of my adult life approx. 25 years working for you, working to:

  • Hold the Line on increasing Taxes
  • Manage growth and reduce congestion on our Roads and our Schools,  
  • Protect our Neighborhoods
  • Protect and worked to create new affordable housing so our kids can live where they grew up, they deserve better. Community Land Trusts affordable housing that works.
  • Protect and preserve our environment, clean air and water should be our legacy to our children
  • Promote more community recreation, quality of life makes the difference
  • Help those most vulnerable, we have a responsibility to provide mental health/ addiction treatment programs 
  • Encourage community volunteerism / participation and fight so that you have a voice in Government.

Because you deserve more

    Our work has just begun.  I have dedicated myself to improving the quality of life in Montgomery County.  The Council has adopted a new growth policy, but itís only a beginning.  We can do better.  We must continue with managed growth practices in order for our infrastructure to catch up.

We must improve roads;

            Norbeck Road and Route (198)-widened east of Georgia Ave

            Grade separated intersections at Norbeck Road /Georgia Avenue, and

           Randolph Road /Georgia Avenue

We must promote transit projects;


             Purple Line

             Corridor City Transit-way

             Expand Metro and MARC service

             Improve Bus Service

We must protect the environment;

    We are stewards of the land and should protect it as a valuable resource for future generations.

We must be vigilant and work to protect the sensitive stream headwaters, such as the Upper Paint Branch and the Upper Rock Creek stream valleys,  as well as the Northwest Branch stream valley.

    I support the agriculture reserve from the intrusion of significant unplanned development.  The agricultural reserve acts not only as a legacy of our Montgomery County farm heritage, but also acts as the filtration system that protects us from the deleterious effects of air pollution. The Washington area region has been designated as a non attainment area with respect to air quality. We are considering a new Carbon Footprint Policy. I support improving Environment regulations and creating continuity among all adopted County Policies.  Our residents deserve better.

    We must do more in the area of storm water mitigation.  The run off from much of the development we have experienced in recent years has created severe degradation to both the Potomac river, the Anacostia and the Chesapeake Bay. The quality of our drinking water is being threatened. This is a regional problem and we must work together with adjoining jurisdictions to find innovative ways to protect these waterways from the severe sedimentation and the pollutions they have been experiencing.

The ICC and its associated community impacts ;

    The State impact study for the ICC fell short with respect to both community impacts and environmental protection. It is my opinion that the Impact Study was flawed on several aspects and had no strategic plan for the implementation of the construction and the temporary termination of such a project on already overburdened and failing Norbeck Road. I am concerned with the temporary terminus along Norbeck Road and its lack of safety planning for those living along this failing two-lane road and its associated traffic back-ups during peak hours. I am also concerned with the funding mechanism, and proposed mitigation efforts of our water quality and most especially the air quality and noise impact to the adjacent communities.†

    National scholars with respect to the environment are speaking out on the flawed study that was done on the ICC. I believe we must be diligent, speak out and force the State to adhere to the National Standards on air, water and noise abatement techniques and measures.

We must create more affordable housing;

            Community Land Trust Concept  My Proposal

            Eliminate MPDU buy-outs

            Fewer MPDU's are being built.

We must fight for our share of state education funding;

     Our kids deserve better.

    There must be transparency in government and Citizens must be included in the decision making process. The open meetings act must be observed.

Marilyn Praisner was a fiscal conservative.  This year our County will face a deficit " shortage" of 510 million dollars. 

    We must be fiscally prudent, do a thorough analysis of the County budget including necessary performance audits.  This Council may have to breach Charter Limits because of poor decisions in the past. I say HOLD THE LINE ON HIGHER TAXES. Homeowners will already be paying more property tax for homes that are worth less because of our declining economy. I will not vote this year to increase taxes beyond that in the Charter.


  • Rebuild confidence of our zoning codes. Citizens should once again feel confident in the stability and the character of their neighborhoods.
  • Work with citizens giving them back their voice in Government.
  • Fix the Adequate Public Facilities Policy ( Transportation and Schools) continue the work started on the Policy Area Review where developers pay for their necessary infrastructure.
  • Protect the environment for future generations.
  • Take special interests funding out of the decision making process. 
  • Remove conflict of interests from government. 
  • Identify, target and address needs for affordable housing, working with communities to finding solutions.
  • Government has a responsibility to provide adequate mental health services, including adequately funded addiction relief programs.     Pay in the front end so families don't have to suffer with lifelong negative consequences.




Cary Lamari accepting the Star Cup From Ike Leggett  Governor  Martin O'Malley with Cary at Leisure World


Working for you


      ∑ Born in Washington D.C. lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Grew up in Wheaton currently live in Aspen Hill Md.
∑ Graduated Our Lady of Good Counsel 1975
∑ Columbia Technical Institute Electrical Training
∑ Owner of Cary Electric Company since 1980
∑ Married since 1981 with 2 children both products of the Montgomery County Public School System
∑ Holder of Real Estate License (currently inactive)
∑ Developed several projects, rezoning, and subdivisions Montgomery County During the 80s and 90s
∑ Licensed Master Electrician Montgomery County and other Jurisdictions since 1979
∑ Vice President of Norbeck Citizens Association 1996-2000
∑ Recipient Special Presidents Award from Greater Olney Civic Association 2000
∑ Current President of Norbeck Citizens Association 2000-present
∑ Two Term Volunteer service with Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board working with communities as chair of the 
  Capital Projects and Land Use Zoning Committees.
∑ Participated in developing the Aspen Hill Master Plan
∑ Monitored the Glenmont Sector Plan and Sandy Spring Master Plan
∑ Monitored the Sandy Springs/ East County Master Plan
∑ Monitored the Potomac Sub region Master Plan
∑ Participated in the Olney Master Plan
∑ Good working understanding of the agencies and policies of Montgomery County and their interrelationship with: 
   master plans, comprehensive water and sewer planning policies, Chapter 50 subdivision requirements, and Chapter 59 zoning ordinance.
∑  Member of Civic Federation. Former District 5 Vice President
∑ †Former Civic Fed 2nd Vice President
∑  Former Civic Fed 1st Vice President
∑  Montgomery County Civic Federation President2002-2004
∑  Led the effort to bring Community based Representation to increase number of Council Districts known as Question C
∑ Co-organized Public Forum on Issues related to Mental Health to educate public and raise awareness, led to formation of the Councils 
  Blue Ribbon commission on Mental Health
∑ Recipient of the Star Cup most prestigious award the Civic Federation has to offer: For Outstanding Public Service



Contact Information              



Postal address
15411 Baileys Lane
        Silver Spring Md.
Electronic mail
General Information: calamari@carylamari.net

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                                                                                                                            in 2006


By Authority:  People for Cary Lamari; Bob Abrams, Chairman; Quon Kwan, Treasurer.

15411 Baileys Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland  20906; Telephone No. 301-924-2746