MoCo Votes Blog: Elrich Picks Up an Endorsement; GOP Convenes

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...

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Platt Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election to District 17 Seat

On his Facebook page, Del. Andrew Platt announced Tuesday night he would not be seeking re-election to his District 17 seat in the Maryland House of Delegates, preferring to work on issues from outside the legislature. “I...

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Trone Releases Plan to Combat Opioids

Sixth Congressional District candidate David Trone unveiled a plan Monday to combat the opioid crisis that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, promote new prescription guidelines and make treatment more...

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Rockville Considering Vote-by-Mail Elections

In an effort to increase voter turnout, the Rockville Mayor and Council is considering a plan that would allow city voters to cast ballots by mail. The Mayor and Council will be considering a proposal from its Board of...

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Political Fundraisers as Legislative Session Approaches

Here are political fundraisers scheduled before the Jan. 10 start of the General Assembly session, when incumbent delegates, senators and other state officials are prohibited from raising money for their campaigns. Wednesday,...

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Run Up to November Elections Means 2018 Will Be Busy Year

The next 12 months will be busy politically with a gubernatorial election in November. Getting there, voters and candidates have a number of milestones. Jan. 10: General Assembly convenes. The incumbent governor, attorney...

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November 22, 2017 | Staff Writer

Montgomery County Young Democrats Elect 2018-2020 Executive Board

The Montgomery County Young Democrats elected the members of their 2018-2020 Executive Board last night. The Young Democrats announced the results of their election in a Facebook post earlier today. The results are as follows: President-elect: Michelle Ngwafon Vice President-elect: Amina Gilyard James Treasurer-elect: Michael DeLong Secretary-elect: Steven Cernname Membership Director-elect: Vikrum Mathur Communications Director-elect: […]

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November 21, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Maryland Matters: Hurson Seeking At-Large Seat on Montgomery County Council

  The Maryland Matters blog has a report today that former delegate John Hurson will be seeking an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council. “I have felt for a long time that county government is something I wanted to do, mainly because it’s so close to the people in their everyday lives, much more […]

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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 | Mitti Hicks

Former Obama Staffer Enters Race for County Council At-Large

When Ashwani Jain was fighting for his life as a teenager, he didn’t realize how it would influence his career in politics. He was diagnosed at the age of 13 with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that starts in the white blood cells, and didn’t think he would make it. “I felt like I was […]

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November 15, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Sheila Hixson Announces She Won’t Seek Re-Election

Sheila Hixon, the 43-year member of the House of Delegates, announced Tuesday night she would not be seeking re-election in the 2018 races. The politics blog Maryland Matters said Hixson announced her decision at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park campus. From the blog, written by Josh Kurtz: Hixson, 84, who represents a Silver Spring-Takoma Park district, […]

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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,, focuses on taking the county to “the next level.” On his website, Blair says […]

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November 13, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

UPDATED: Hate Messages Plastered on GOP Headquarters’ Front Door

The Montgomery County Republican Central Committee headquarters were vandalized Saturday night with hate messages apparently from a neo-Nazi group. “We believe this was a hate crime intended to smear our party with an implication that we support the beliefs expressed in these posters which we definitely do not believe in or support in any way,” […]

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November 13, 2017 | Staff Writer

MoCo’s School Board Member Rebecca Smondrowski to Run for County Council

Rebecca Smondrowski, who was elected to her second four-year term for the School Board in 2016, is running for a seat on the Montgomery County Council. Smondrowski is running for County Council At-Large in next year’s highly anticipated election. She will kickoff her campaign on Nov. 29 in Potomac.    

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