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November 17, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Former Takoma Park Councilmember Enters Council’s At-Large Race (Video)

A former Takoma Park city councilmember has entered the race for an at-large position on the Montgomery County Council. Seth Grimes, a 58-year-old Democrat, filed his candidacy Friday morning at the Montgomery County Board of Elections offices in Gaithersburg. “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us in terms of sensible growth policy, education, […]

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November 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Elrich Draws Flak Over ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Comment

County Councilmember Marc Elrich was taken to task Wednesday for his choice of words — “ethnic cleansing” — to describe how the 16-mile Purple Line would displace neighborhoods along its route. “Words matter. To equate potential gentrification with ethnic cleansing is offensive. Period,” County Council President Roger Berliner said. Elrich and Berliner were among the […]

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November 15, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

District 1 Candidates Square Off in Forum

Eight Democrats tried to differentiate themselves Tuesday night in a forum for District 1 candidates at Somerset Elementary School. Questions covered the gamut of issues that would face Montgomery County Council members. Issues like: School overcrowding: “We need to address it as a crisis and make school capacity and school construction a priority in our […]

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November 14, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Health Care Entrepreneur Enters County Executive Race

Another name has entered the 2018 race for Montgomery County executive. David Blair, 48, of Potomac has said he plans to run in the Democratic primary. Blair calls himself a progressive Democrat supporting affordable and accessible health care. His website, blairformontgomery.com, focuses on taking the county to “the next level.” On his website, Blair says […]

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November 6, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Elections Board Clears Ashman of Complaint

Gaithersburg’s Board of Supervisors of Elections has found Mayor Jud Ashman did not violate the city’s elections rules when he sent out an Oct. 23 mailer announcing his support for the incumbents in Tuesday’s city elections. The city’s Ethics Commission is still considering a claim that the mailing, and his public pronouncement supporting councilmember Yvette […]

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November 6, 2017 | Staff Writer

Gaithersburg City Hall

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Election in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg holds its election Nov. 7. Here’s what you need to know: The city website has lots of information. The Elections Clerk can be reached at 301-258-6310, or by email at cityelections@gaithersburgmd.gov The clerk’s office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting at City Hall is on Saturday, Oct. 28, […]

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November 6, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Election in Takoma Park

Voters in Takoma Park will head to the polls on Nov. 7, or before if residents choose to vote early. This year’s election will be different than before: voters will select their candidate of choice to serve for three years instead of two. Here’s what else voters should know: Voter Registration:  In Takoma Park, residents 16 […]

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November 3, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Minimum Wage and Safe Roads Are Concerns for Takoma Park’s Youngest Voters

In just a few days, Markeeta, a student at Montgomery Blair High School, will cast her first ballot in the upcoming elections in Takoma Park. Markeeta is only 17 years old. In 2013, Takoma Park lowered the voting age requirement from 18 to 16 which is why candidates for the city council and mayor’s office […]

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November 1, 2017 | Juan Leon

Poll Reveals How Popular Larry Hogan Is Compared to Other Governors

A Morning Consult poll surveying over 255,000 registered voters nationwide was released yesterday. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan had the second highest approval rating in the country at 66 percent.  Eighteen percent of those surveyed disapproved of the Maryland governor’s job performance. Charlie Baker took the top spot with 69 percent of surveyed voters saying they […]

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October 31, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Ashman Faces Ethics Complaint Over Endorsements

The Gaithersburg Ethics Commission will be asked to consider a question that might have seemed long settled: When can one politician endorse someone else in an election? Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman has expressed his support for the two city council incumbents seeking re-election — Yvette Monroe and Michael Sesma. That support allegedly runs afoul of […]

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