MoCo Votes Blog: Knapp, Floreen Endorse Balcombe

The 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election is set for June 26, 2018, and it’s sure to be a historic election for Montgomery County. When voters go to the polls, they will will elect a governor, a state legislature, a county executive, a County Council, members of the school board and the House of Representatives, and much more. They’ll find out whether public financing works in local elections. Early voting in 2018 takes place from June 14 – 21, 2018. Follow our coverage here and below:

Knapp, Floreen Endorse Marilyn Balcombe in County Council At-Large Race

Marilyn Balcombe, an at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council, has been endorsed by Councilmember Nancy Floreen and former Councilmember Mike Knapp on Friday. Floreen, who has served on the Council at-large since 2002, will vacate her seat at the end of this year due to term limits. Knapp left the Council in 2010 after serving two full terms representing District 2.

“Marilyn is the ideal choice for an at-large council seat. She has worked to ensure that services were meeting the needs of our residents and has helped our local economy not only grow but thrive. Her daughter is a graduate of MCPS, so she understands the importance of providing our children with the best education possible. She is more than prepared to address the issues that she will face while serving us on the Council,” Knapp said.

Balcombe, the president & CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, has worked with members of the county government for years in numerous capacities. She has secured funding for schools, libraries, and fire stations, created the county budgets for the five Regional Service Centers, and successfully helped launch BlackRock Center for the Arts.

The endorsements come on the heels of an announcement from the Metropolitan Political Action Committee – MD (METPAC-MD) in which Balcombe was the only non-incumbent candidate to receive official support from the real estate trade group. METPAC-MD is the political action committee of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA).

Elrich Picks Up Endorsement from Progressive Maryland for County Executive

Progressive Maryland has endorsed Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive.

Elrich, a Democrat, is running against Montgomery County Councilmembers George Leventhal and Roger Berliner; former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow; Del. Bill Frick; and Potomac businessman David Blair.

In a statement released by Progressive Maryland’s Executive Director Larry Stafford, he said, “Elrich is a candidate with proven progressive legislative victories. He has worked for the people of Montgomery County by strengthening the job market, improving the public school system and protecting and rebuilding the environment.”

“I was a founding member of Progressive Montgomery — the precursor group to Progressive Maryland — and am impressed by the degree to which the organization has become a real force in progressive politics in Montgomery County,” Elrich said in a statement. “I have been thankful for their partnership in making the county a better place to live and work and am honored to have their endorsement. I would look forward to continuing to work with them as the next County Executive.”

Influential Senate Committee Chairman Won’t Seek Another Term

Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, chairman of the influential Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, has announced he won’t seek re-election, Maryland Matters reports.

The No. 2 on the committee is Sen. Rich Madaleno of Kensington, who’s currently seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in the 2018 primary. Kasemeyer’s announcement might lend some to think Madaleno would rethink his gubernatorial bid; ambitious younger senators have often privately complained that the General Assembly’s top positions are held by older members who have little interest in moving on. Madaleno told Maryland Matters that Kasemeyer’s decision means he’s even more focused on taking residence in Government House.

Madaleno, a forceful critic of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan (R), especially on budgetary matters, said Kasemeyer’s retirement only reinforces his desire to run for the state’s top job.

“This just makes it more and more important that you have someone of my skill set as governor,” Madaleno said, adding that “there’s no guarantee” he’d be elevated to the chairman’s job if he stayed in the Senate.

Delaney First Out of the Gate — on Presidential Ads

Rep. John Delaney (D-6th) of Potomac, who is giving up his seat in the House of Representatives to run for president in 2020, will broadcast the first presidential ad in Iowa during the Super Bowl this weekend, the Washington Post reports. The focus of the ad will be bipartisanship.

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