Ortman-Fouse Says She’s Seeking Council Seat

Jill Ortman-Fouse, who was seeking her first re-election to the Montgomery County Board of Education, has decided to forgo that seat, endorse the man who was seeking to challenge her and run instead for an at-large seat for County Council.

Ortman-Fouse made the announcement on Facebook on Friday.

“I know there are about 30 candidates running for four at-large seats. I know I haven’t even started to raise money for a campaign. I know some organizations have already endorsed, and other candidates have been campaigning for almost a year,” Ortman-Fouse wrote.

“But I also know that we have made a difference together, and I would like to continue to work with our community and our leaders at the county and state level to make our collective vision a reality.”

John Robertson is the one who was planning on challenging Ortman-Fouse for her at-large school board seat.

In her statement, Ortman-Fouse said she had coffee with Robertson and found they agreed on issues.

“I’m going to step out of the race because I’m confident John would be a great addition to the team, and I can’t wait for you to learn more about him,” she wrote.

Ortman-Fouse could not be reached.

Ortman-Fouse apparently is using the public election fund. She doesn’t expressly say so in her statement but she does say she needs contributions that match at-large council candidates.

School board members are elected in non-partisan elections. Ortman-Fouse apparently intends to run as a Democrat because she mentions “about 30” candidates are running in the at-large race.

There are about 30 Democrats and three Republicans in the June 26 primary. The filing deadline is Feb. 27.

Here is her Facebook post:

Black men make up 2% of the nation's educators in our schools. John Robertson is one of those role models who would like…

Posted by Jill Ortman-Fouse on Friday, February 23, 2018


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