Neil Greenberger, the Montgomery County Council’s public information officer, announced Thursday night that he plans on running for County Council in 2018.
Greenberger, a former sports reporter for the Washington Post and 11-year veteran as the legislative information officer at the County Council, said he will run as a Democrat for one of the four at-large County Council seats.
“The number one thing is, no matter what their incomes, people are still feeling the pain of the big tax increases – actually the two tax increases of last year,” said Greenberger about the property and recordation tax premium, which the County Council voted to increase last year. “And I don't think they need any more tax increases in the next four years.”
Greenberger joins Democrats Ron Colbert, Richard Gottfried, Danielle Meitiv and Green Party candidate Tim Willard who said they are running for County Council at-large seats. County Council member Hans Riemer (D-at large) said he plans to run for re-election, while the other three at-large Council members – Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Marc Elrich – cannot seek re-election in 2018 because of a new term limit amendment to the County Charter.
Greenberger said he plans to continue to work his job while he campaigns for County Council, saying there is not a conflict of interest because his job is not political nor is he required by law to quit.