The Deborah A. Vollmer Web Site


Deborah A. Vollmer

Candidate for Town Council of the Town of Chevy Chase

           I am running for Town Council, and ask for your vote.  The Town is my home; I live in the same house where I grew up, with my parents and my sister Susan, attending Chevy Chase Elementary, Leland Junior High School, and B-CC. I am a retired lawyer, and after practicing for years in California (having worked for the United Farm Workers Union, a legal aid office in Bakersfield, and having a sole practice focusing on criminal defense), I returned to my childhood home in 1997 to live with my father, Erwin P. Vollmer, who passed away at the age of 98 in 2004. In his younger years, my father, whose day job was as an endocrinologist on the Breast Cancer Task Force at N.I.H., was a model of civic engagement; he was one of a group of individuals who helped to make possible the annexation of our neighborhood to the Town, and also helped to make possible the creation of the Leland Community Center (now Lawton Center) and Elm Street Park.  He was a role model for me, as was my mother, Aline Fruhauf, an artist.

          Since returning to the Town, I have been active on Town committees.  I currently serve on the Purple Line Mitigation Committee, and on the Long Range Planning Committee.  Previous assignments have included the Town’s Special Committee on the Bethesda Sector Plan, the Land Use Committee, and the Climate and Environment Committee.

          The Town is facing some serious issues. The implementation of the Bethesda Sector plan and the construction of the Purple Line create continuing challenges.  I was against the Purple Line project from the beginning, because of concerns that I have for the environment generally, and for quality of life in our Town.  Now, as the project goes forward, we must focus on holding the powers that be to the letter of the law, with respect to environmental protection. 

I favor slowing development in Bethesda, preserving some of the surface level parking behind the Farm Women’s Market and Tudor shops, and converting the parts of those lots closest to our Town to green space planted with trees, a linear park.  I would like to see the Tudor Shops marked for historic preservation, to help preserve the buffer between downtown development and our Town.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss these and other issues with voters in the course of this campaign.


Deborah Vollmer
Deborah A. Vollmer
7202 44th Street

To read Debbie's statement closing her 2014 campaign, click here

Please pardon us while we take time to reorganize this website.

Information About Deborah Vollmer's Previous Campaigns

Positions on Issues (Previous Campaigns) in 2014 Campaign

Candidate's Statement (brief biography and issue summary)
Mitigating Adverse Effects of New Construction

Opposition to Purple Line
Moratorium on Building and Revisions to Building Code

Holding the Town Manager More Accountable
Restricting Pesticide Use in Our Town

Flyer: Summary of Campaign Issues (Previous Campaigns) (for a PRINTABLE copy, click here)
Various Issues (previous Campaigns) (long)
Candidate’s Statement in Town Crier
Other Issues (previous Campaigns) in Chevy Chase Elections (Letter to Gazette)

Click here to read Deborah's position paper for the town council race in the previous campaign.
Click here to read previous messages from Deborah.

Click here to read Deborah's position paper for the previous town council race.
Click here to read previous messages from Deborah.

A Message to Supporters
Deborah Vollmer's Positions (Previous Campaigns) in the previous Town Council Race
Upcoming Forums and Events
Welcome to the Site
Biography of Deborah Vollmer
Index to Site
Articles that Mention Deborah Vollmer
Letters to the Editor
Out of Iraq Flyer (printable pdf file [click here to download pdf reader])
Letter to Voters Flyer (printable pdf file [click here to download pdf reader])
Press Releases & Announcements

Previous campaign for Congress, Maryland CD-8


Index To Web Site:

  • Previous Campaign for U.S. Congress
  • A Message to Supporters
  • Deborah Vollmer's Positions (Previous Campaigns) in Previous Town Council Race
  • Forums and Events
  • Welcome to the Site
  • Articles that Mention Deborah
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Biography
  • A 2002 Message To Vollmer For Congress Supporters
  • A Message On Tolerance
  • On the War on Terrorism
  • Issues (Previous Campaigns) At A Glance
  • Universal Health Care
  • Abolish The Death Penalty
  • Schmootsie Says. . .(Comments on Campaign Finance Reform)
  • - - - The Case for the Public Financing of Campaigns
  • - - - A Letter About Franking Privileges
  • The Frog's Page (Earth's Fragile Environment)
  • Save the Trail
  • On Women's Clothing in General & Pockets in Particular
  • Archives (Material from Previous Campaigns)
  • The Artist's Corner
  • LINKS That Help Us Focus Our Lives
  • Click Here To Write To Deborah

  • Or contact her:
    * by phone: (301) 652-5762
    * by mail: 7202 44th St., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

    Dear Friends,

    For those of you who are visiting for the first time, here's a little history. I started this web site during the primary election campaign in the year 2000, when I was a Democratic candidate in the primary for Maryland's Eighth Congressional District. (I had run previously for the same seat in 1998, but had no website at that time.) We ran a very low-budget campaign based on issues of importance to the voters, including, but not limited to: universal health care, Clean Money campaign reform, protection of the environment, and civil rights and civil liberties for all - - and I came in second in that race, in a field of five.

    Not one to give up easily, I also ran in the Democrat Primaries in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008, always running low-budget, issue-oriented campaigns.  I then ran for a seat on the Chevy Chase Town Council. For a detailed discussion of my reasons for running in that election cycle see my message to the residents the town of Chevy Chase on this website.

    Thank you.


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    Photography Section
  • Photos from Deborah's Walks With Granny D
  • Photos of Deborah at the NOW March
  • Photos from the Health Care Rally

  • Newspaper Coverage
  • Campaign announcement
  • Recent Letters to Editors
  • Recent Articles
  • Press Releases & Announcements
  • Recent Press Releases & Announcements

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