‘Undecided’ Voters Still Lead in Poll, Then Baker, Jealous, Kamenetz

A statewide poll released Thursday showed no clear winner in the crowded Democratic primary for the party’s gubernatorial nomination. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker would win 19 percent of the vote if the...

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Kamenetz Picks Former Councilmember Valerie Ervin as Running Mate

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, one of eight people seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, has selected former Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin as his running mate. We're so happy to have...

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Candidate Baker Visits Montgomery to Talk Homelessness, Reveal Running Mate

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who is running for Maryland governor, visited the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless on Tuesday along with his new running mate, Elizabeth Embry. During the meeting,...

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MoCo Votes Blog: Gubernatorial Candidates Pick Running Mates

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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Hogan Remains Popular Governor in Goucher Poll

Gov. Larry Hogan remains a popular politician — a Republican in heavily Democratic Maryland. A statewide poll reported Hogan’s approval rating at 61 percent, the same figure the same poll reported in September. Hogan’s...

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Candidates Face Off at GCAAR Forum

Seven Montgomery County Council at-large candidates fielded questions from members of three development groups Wednesday, the fourth and last forum for the crowded at-large field. The candidates largely supported the recordation...

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November 29, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Education Can Help Fight Gang Violence, Turnbull Says

Susan Turnbull, whom Ben Jealous announced Wednesday as his running mate, said that part of the solution to gang violence and Baltimore crime rests in providing more education. “I think part of it is moving from incarceration to education, giving people educational opportunity,” said Turnbull, in an interview with MyMCMedia. “If you have no place […]

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November 29, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Jealous Selects Turnbull as Running Mate

Ben Jealous, who seeks to be Maryland’s first African-American governor, tapped Susan Turnbull of Bethesda to be his running mate in the 2018 Democratic primary. Turnbull has played roles in behind-the-scenes politics at both the state and national levels. Her 40-year career has included stints with nonprofits, businesses and on Capitol Hill. “I’m honored to […]

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November 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

State Seeks To Dismiss Vignarajah’s Suit Asserting Eligibility for Governor

Attorneys for the Maryland State Board of Elections have asked an Anne Arundel County judge to dismiss a claim, brought by a Montgomery County resident, that she is eligible to run for governor. Krishanti Vignarajah of Gaithersburg had filed suit asking the court to declare her eligible for the election because of comments made by […]

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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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