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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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Chamber of Commerce Debate Set for Candidates for County Executive Race

The Maryland County Executive elections of 2018 will take place on November 6, with the primary election occurring on June 26.  The 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election is set for June 26 and it’s sure to be a historic election for Montgomery County.

When voters go to the polls, they will elect a governor, a state legislature, a county executive, a County Council, members of the school board and the House of Representatives.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, along with the Rockvilleand Clarksburg Chambers of Commerce, will host a primary candidate forum bringing together the candidates for the office of Montgomery County Executive. The debate will focus on economic, development and transportation issues.

Every election is important, but the 2018 election is landmark. We will be electing our next County Executive and at least four new County Councilmembers.  It is important for everyone to learn more about all the candidates prior to the election,” said Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.

Currently there are seven candidates vying for County Executive. The candidate slate includes:


  • Roger Berliner
  • David Blair
  • Marc Elrich
  • William Frick
  • Rose Krasnow
  • George L. Leventhal


  • Robin Ficker (running unopposed)

Berliner, Elrich, Leventhal, Krasnow, Blair and Flicker are confirmed to participate. Delegate Bill Frick will be in Annapolis and unable to attend.

We invite you to listen to the candidates take turns answering a number of predetermined questions spanning a wide variety of current issues at the Chamber of Commerce Forum on March 21 at 8:30 AM at Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown.

The forum is free of charge. A light continental breakfast will be served. Advance registration is required at

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The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at

Find us on Facebook at: Or on Twitter at: @GGCCNEWS.


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About Laura Rowles

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia. Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach.


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