MoCo Votes Blog: Part One

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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:

Delaney on Facebook Live

Delaney Video Spells Out His Views on Country

Delaney for President?

Delaney Announces Run for President

Political Fundraisers

Political Fundraisers Around Montgomery County

Brandy Brooks Enters At-Large Council Race

Brooks Files for At-Large County Council Seat

Delaney’s Plans

Ryan Miner, at A Miner Detail, says Rep. John Delaney is expected to announce his 2018 plans this weekend.

Ferleman’s Strategy

In a post on The Seventh State blog, Republican Tom Ferleman describes his strategy for the 2018 election.

Hogan’s Fundraiser

Maryland Matters, the blog by political journalists Josh Kurtz and Lou Peck, has a story about Gov. Larry Hogan taking part in a fundraiser in Pennsylvania for state Sen. Scott Wagner.

Meet the Pa. Conservative Hogan Is Raising Money for This Week

George Leventhal Touts Fundraising for his County Executive Bid

Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal is raising money for his county executive campaign. On Twitter today, he said he has received contributions from more than 540 county residents and he has received $196,652 in matching funds.

Leventhal Receives nearly $200,000 from Public Election Fund

County Councilmember Hans Riemer Files for Reelection

Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer filed his paperwork for reelection Wednesday at the Board of Elections offices. Riemer, a Democrat, is an at-large member of the County Council.

Another Possible Gubernatorial Candidate

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings may run for Maryland governor.

A Look at Possible Lt. Governor Candidates in Maryland

Maryland Matters has rundown a list of possible lieutenant governor candidates in Maryland, and their report includes some Montgomery County officials.

Meet Your Next Lieutenant Governor

Kagan Considers County Executive’s Race

State Senator Cheryl Kagan, a Democrat, is considering her political options in 2018. Kagan, who represents District 17, said people are asking her to run for other offices.

Find out more in this report, below:

State Senator Cheryl Kagan Considers Political Options in 2018, Including the County Executive’s Race

Madaleno Announces Candidacy for Governor

State Senator Richard Madaleno, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for governor at the Universities at Shady Grove on Monday morning.

His announcement was streamed live on Facebook, see below:

Brandy Brooks Files for County Council

Brandy Brooks, a Democrat, is running for an at-large County Council seat. Brooks filed her campaign paperwork at the Board of Elections offices on Friday.

Rushern Baker Enters Governor Race

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, a Democrat, is running for governor in 2018.

Baker said his record speaks for itself.

Ben Jealous is Running for Governor

Ben Jealous, a Democrat, is running for governor in Maryland.

“I’m running for governor to build a movement of working families across the state,” Jealous said.

Jealous said voters know him and trust him.

Ervin on 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election

Valerie Ervin, a former Montgomery County Councilmember, said Democrats are focused on electing a progressive Democrat to challenge Governor Larry Hogan in the 2018 election.

“Everybody is really focused,” Ervin said.

Watch this MyMCMedia Extra video, below, for more:


Politicians in a Car

U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin and John Delaney recently answered questions from the backseat of a car on Facebook live. One of the questions that remained unanswered was about Delaney’s political future.

Find out more in this report, below:


Five Questions with U.S. Reps Raskin and Delaney (VIDEO)


Baltimore County Executive Considers Entering the Governor’s Race

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is considering a run for governor in 2018.

Find out more in this report, below:

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz Considers a Run for Governor (VIDEO)

Valerie Ervin Wants a Woman to Run for County Executive in 2018

Former Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, now a senior advisor for the Working Families Party,  said she wants to see a woman run for county executive in 2018.

Find out more in this report, below:

Valerie Ervin on County Executive Race: ‘Where are the Women Candidates?’ (VIDEO)

State Senator Rich Madaleno Runs for Governor

State Senator Rich Madaleno is running for governor in the 2018 Primary Election.

Find out more about his campaign in this report, below:

UPDATED: Madaleno Launches Campaign for Governor at USG (VIDEO)

Sanders Endorses Ben Jealous for Maryland Governor

Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Ben Jealous for Maryland governor at an event in Silver Spring on Thursday morning.

 Union Hears From Democratic Candidates for Governor

Four potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates visited Silver Spring on Wednesday night to meet with members of SEIU Local 500. The media was not allowed to attend the event.

Union Hears from Democratic Candidates for Governor (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Sanders to Endorse Ben Jealous for Governor

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Ben Jealous for Maryland Governor Thursday in Silver Spring.

Hogan on Potential Democrat Challengers, Including Delaney

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was asked about his 2018 reelection campaign during a stop in Silver Spring Monday.

“It’s a year and a half away so I got plenty of time to look at that,” said Hogan. “The folks on the other side of the aisle have about a year to figure out who is going to run against me and they have seven or eight people talking about it but I am going to just try and continue to stay focused on Maryland and maybe in a year or so from now we will think about re-election.”

When asked about his potential opponents, including Congressman John Delaney, Hogan noted his own popularity rating.

“The latest polling that we have shows that are about six percent of the people in Maryland that strongly disapprove of the job that I am doing. [It] seems like everyone of them wants to run for governor,” Hogan said. “I wish them all well…we will be ready for them.”

When asked about Delaney, Hogan said he doesn’t pay much attention to what Delaney says.

“I can tell you that we are making a whole lot of progress, and he is not,” Hogan said before walking away from reporters.

Shalleck Sets the BOE Agenda

The Montgomery County Board of Elections meets one week from today, July 17.

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, below, BOE President Jim Shalleck explains his role on the board.

The Montgomery County Board of Elections includes the following members: Shalleck (president), Nahid Khozeimeh (vice president), Mary Ann Keeffe (secretary), Alexander Vincent, David Naimon and substitute members Jacqueline Phillips and Graciela Rivera-Oven.

You can find out more about the BOE, by visiting its website here.

BOE Staffers Prepare for Primary

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is counting down to the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election.

From registering voters to ordering supplies to filing candidates paperwork to finding polling places to training election judges, the staff at the Board of Elections is busy.

Find out more in this video report, below:

The Board of Elections meets next on July 17. You can find out more here.

Palakovich Carr Running for House of Delegates

The Rockville City councilmember announces bid for District 17 seat. Take a look below:

Palakovich Carr Running for House of Delegates

Upcoming Political Fundraisers Around Montgomery

Candidates are hitting up Montgomery County residents for donations for their coffers. Here are several events on the local political calendar:

Political Fundraisers Around Montgomery County

Berliner Campaigns for the Future

County Council President Roger Berliner filed his paperwork on July 3, to run for County Executive in 2018.

Find out more about his campaign, below:

Berliner Campaigns for the Future (VIDEO)

Berliner and Leventhal File on Same Day

It was a surprise meeting of sorts. County Councilmembers Roger Berliner and George Leventhal filed their election paperwork to run for county executive in 2018, at almost the same time.

Take a look, below:

Berliner and Leventhal File Paperwork to Run for County Executive on Same Day (VIDEO)

Nancy Navarro Files for Re-Election to District 4 Seat

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, a Democrat, has filed paperwork to run for re-election in 2018. She plans to use the campaign finance fund.

Find out more, below:

Councilmember Nancy Navarro Files Paperwork For Re-Election Bid (VIDEO)

Marc Elrich Files for County Executive

Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich, a Democrat, filed his paperwork Wednesday to run for the office of county executive in the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election.

You can find out more in our report, below:

Marc Elrich Files Paperwork to Run for County Executive in 2018

Hoan Dang Files for County Council

A Wheaton resident, Hoan Dang filed to run for one of four at-large positions on the Montgomery County Council this week.

Find out more in this report, below:

Hoan Dang Files for At-Large Seat on County Council

The Courthouse Team

The incumbents working in Montgomery County courthouses are running for re-election in Montgomery County.

The group consists of State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Clerk of the Circuit Court Barbara Meiklejohn, Register of Wills Joseph Griffin and Sheriff Darren Popkin. The four Democrats filed their paperwork at the Board of Elections office in Gaithersburg on June 26, one year to the day of the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election.

The Courthouse Team Files Paperwork for 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election (PHOTO)

Leventhal Kicks Off Campaign for County Executive

Montgomery County Council member George Leventhal, a Democrat, is running for the office of County Executive in 2018.

Leventhal Kicks Off County Executive Campaign (VIDEO)

Delaney Delays Decision

Is Maryland Congressman John Delaney planning to run for governor in 2018? It may be the end of July before we know.

Delaney’s Future: “Working on Next Steps” (VIDEO)

Greenberger Transfers Out of Council Office Because of Candidacy

Neil Greenberger, who is the County Council spokesperson, has requested a transfer because of his pending candidacy.

Greenberger To Be Transferred from PIO Position Because of Candidacy

Campaign Finance Questions

More and more candidates are planning to take part in Montgomery County’s new public election fund. A recent Council committee met with state officials about some questions that need to be addressed.

Questions About Campaign Financing Fund Raised at GO Committee Meeting

Hucker Files for Re-Election

County Councilmember Tom Hucker is running for a second term to his District 5 Council seat.

Councilmember Tom Hucker Files for Reelection to District 5 Council Seat (PHOTOS)

Ferleman Talks Economics

Republican Tom Ferleman is running for County Council in 2018, and he wants to see more spending on economic development.

Council Candidate Seeks Greater Effort on Economic Development

Berliner Unveils Campaign Video

County Council President Roger Berliner is running for the office of County Executive in 2018. He recently released a video to launch his campaign.

Berliner Unveils Campaign Video (VIDEO)

Ficker Announces Run for County Executive

Republican Robin Ficker filed for county executive on the first day candidates can file.

Robin Ficker Declares Candidacy in the 2018 Race for County Executive

Elrich Files for County Executive

County Councilmember Marc Elrich was the first to announce formally for the county executive’s race.

Elrich Running for County Executive (VIDEO)

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