Muslim Council Hosts 6th District forum

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The Montgomery County Muslim Council kicked off the 2018 election season by hosting a forum that included candidates from all political parties running in Maryland's 6th Congressional District race. The event was held at the Potomac Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 23

MCMC designed the event with goals to get more members of the Muslim community involved in the political process and learn how candidates plan to combat what MCMC calls growing anti-Muslim sentiment and bigotry. "We wanted to get to meet the candidates and for them to hear about our concerns," MCMC Chair S. Qaisar Shareef said. "We wanted to get our community involved in the electoral process at this early stage. Over the coming months we will be looking very carefully to see how the various candidates show their willingness to represent the concerns being expressed by minority communities in the current environment of rising hate in the country."

Addressing the candidates, MCMC President Shafiq Khan asked the candidates to help protect the Muslim community against racism – a growing problem the group says has gotten worse since the 2016 elections, against individuals, community programs and Muslim institutions.


Trone speaks at local BBQ on his new bid for Congress

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David TroneDavid Trone speaks at a Smokey Glen Barbecue. PHOTO BY CAROLYN KOMATSOULIS   At a barbecue at Smokey Glen to promote his run for the 6th congressional district, David Trone called to mind his simple farm beginnings and progressive ideas in the hopes of his message resonating with Maryland voters.

“You know I’m in a farm, we learned a couple of things, most important thing is hard work,” said Trone. “What we do on that farm, whether it was shoveling chicken manure, literally 13 tons of manure every day, that would be good practice in Washington.”

“We also did a lot of time feeding hogs. That could be good practice in Washington too,” said Trone.


Trone files for Delaney's seat

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David Trone mugshot 2 5 16David Trone. FILE PHOTO  David Trone is back for a second time around in his run for Congress.

After running the most expensive campaign in state history, the local businessman and Potomac resident announced his campaign for the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 6th District seat in a video posted on his website Wednesday.

According to the Federal Elections Commission, Trone spent $13.41 million on his congressional campaign in 2016 – a race he lost to Jamie Raskin.

Trone said he plans to continue the work of Congressman John Delaney, who recently announced he is running for President of the United States in 2020.

“John is a good friend and a great representative,” said Trone. “With your help I’ll pick up right where John leaves off.”


Matthews roasted for charity

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Kathleen Matthews HeadshotKathleen Matthews.                         FILE PHOTO  NORTH BETHESDA – A little more than a year ago, former ABC 7 news anchor and Marriott executive Kathleen Matthews conceded the most expensive House of Representatives election in the County.

One year after winning the Democratic Primary and five months after being sworn into Congress, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D- 8) finally got his chance to rub in his victory over Matthews –albeit for charity.

“The returns came early from Frederick and Carroll counties where our friend David Trone was trouncing us both.” Raskin said. “And we were on the edges of our seats. I could not wait for the votes to come in from Silver Spring and Takoma Park, she could not wait for the votes to come in from Georgetown and Nantucket.”

On May 11, Matthews’ friends, family members and even political rivals roasted her to raise money for the Jubilee Foundation, a non-profit that helps care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


Candidate filing opens to a flurry of activity

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It was an unusually busy day at the Montgomery County Board of Elections as two people decided to file their paperwork to run for County offices on Tuesday.

Tuesday was the first day candidates could file their paperwork to run for any of the offices in the 2018 gubernatorial election. BOE Operations Manager Christine Rzeszut said it was an unusually busy filing day with two people deciding to file and total of five scheduled appointments to file.

“We’re going to have more of an active interest because we have open seats, especially in Montgomery County,” Rzeszut said.


County Executive race is now ON!

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About four months after the presidential election and just days before the start of filing for candidates, the race for County Executive is starting to heat up.

For the first time since 2006 there will be an open seat in the County Executive Office building in 2018 leading to an array of contenders to replace the outgoing County Executive Ike Leggett. The candidate filing period begins Feb. 28 and the primary election is June 26.

Leggett, who has said his current term will be his last, cannot run for re-election after voters in November passed a referendum on term limits, limiting members of the County Council and the County Executive to three consecutive, four-year terms.

The chief proponent of the term limit referendum is also one of the first people to enter the County Executive Race – Robin Ficker.


Trone’s Total Wine pushing for multiple beer and wine licenses

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David Trone mugshot 2-5-16David Trone.  FILE PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – A new state bill that will be introduced in the next session could allow multiple beer and wine retail licenses per individual, bringing the large retailer Total Wine and More to the County.

At a December hearing, Del. Charles Barkley (D-39) discussed MC 20-17, a bill that he supports that would allow an individual with a Class-A alcohol license to be issued a second one by a County board.


Raskin's victory leads state's progressive charge

Jamie Raskin  Paul Schwartz-0370Newly-elected Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) and Paul K. Schwartz. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

It has been a very long journey to win the District 8 Congressional seat, but that quest came to a successful end on Tuesday night for State Senator Jamie Raskin. The journey began when incumbent Congressman Chris Van Hollen decided to vacate his Congressional seat in favor of a run for the Senate seat held by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Both candidates are celebrating today with their impressive victories. Each candidate received more than 70 percent of the Montgomery County vote in their respective election victories.


Democrats spar in Congressional debate

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IMG 1468 1280x960Democratic candidates State Sen. Jamie Raskin, State Del. Kumar Barve, Kathleen Matthews, Joel Rubin and David Trone prepare for the debate. PHOTO BY MARK ROBINSON

ROCKVILLE – Metro served as a uniting issue for Democrats competing in the 8th Congressional District primary during a debate hosted by the Montgomery County Sentinel Saturday night while the candidates offered different views on campaign funding.

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