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Town Of Chevy Chase Has A Council Race

By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 4/18/2013, 3:25pm  ET

Town of Chevy Chase Mayor Pat Burda is up for re-electionThe Town of Chevy Chase today announced that it will have a competitive election for the two Council seats up on May 7.

Three people are running for two spots, including incumbent Mayor Pat Burda and Treasurer Linna Barnes. The challenger is John Bickerman, who runs a D.C.-based mediation firm.

A candidates’ forum, moderated by Montgomery Municipal Cable’s Charles Duffy, will happen on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall (4301 Willow Lane). The Town said any questions for the candidates can be submitted to townoffice@townofchevychase.org by April 24.

Burda has been active in the Town’s talks with the Maryland Transit Administration on the Purple Line, which would run behind many Town of Chevy Chase homes. In February, MTA presented noise mitigation walls to be installed in the Town of Chevy Chase it said was unique to the Town, in large part due to the Town’s advocacy on the issue.

Burda has also been involved in the Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee, which has worked with developers part of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan to manage and in some cases limit density in that proposal. Burda and Chevy Chase Village Board Chair Pat Baptiste have become known as “the two Pats,” through the process.