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County Executive candidates square off in last primary forum

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Ficker Krasnow Leventhal Forum NCAIA 617Ficker, Krasnow, and Leventhal speak during a forum. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVPOTOMAC — Three of the seven candidates vying to succeed the term-limited County Executive Ike Leggett explained their policies and positions in front of an audience of Indian-American voters on Sunday.

Hosted by the National Council of Asian Indian Associations at the Potomac Community Center, the candidates, show minimal disagreement, responded to questions on issues, including economic development, transportation, and hate crimes and violence, from Dr. Har Swarup Singh, the former ambassador of India to the Maldives.

Unlike the previous forums, only three candidates – former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow, current at-large County Councilmember George Leventhal, both running for the Democratic nomination, and Republican Robin Ficker – participated.

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County Executive candidates continue pitches to voters

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County Executive Forum Bnai Israel Mens Club 613County Executive candidates speak during forum at B’nai Israel Congregation. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVROCKVILLE — As the June 26 primary election for County Executive approaches, candidates continued to lay out their platforms in front of voters at the B’nai Israel Congregation last Wednesday.

Hosted by the B’nai Israel Men’s Club, the candidates received questions on immigration, transportation, and economic development from Jonathan Salant, a journalist for The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey-based newspaper.

The forum featured current Council members Marc Elrich, George Leventhal (both at-large), Roger Berliner (District 1), former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow, Del. Bill Frick (District 16), businessman David Blair – all vying for the Democratic nomination – and lone Republican Robin Ficker.

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Early voting numbers increase

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Numbers from the State Board of Elections show that early-voting turnout is higher than in previous midterm elections.

Through the first five days of the week-long early-voting period, 17,079 people casted ballots for the 2018 primary election, a significant increase from the 9,672 ballots cast through the first five days of the 2014 primary.

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Women of color forum held in Silver Spring

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women of colorPanelists pose together following their Montgomery County Women Candidates of Color forum in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKSILVER SPRING — Seventeen women of color who are running for local political office urged those attending a panel discussion at the Silver Spring Civic Center June 7 to elect minority candidates so that members of County Council, school board, judicial bench and Democratic committee will be more representative of the population at large.

“When you look across the table, you see all beautiful women, of all shades,” said Brandy Brooks, a candidate for County Council at large. “Then think who’s on council now,” she said at the two-hour forum.

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County Executive race sees its first attack ad

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A clip from the ad released by County Council member Roger Berliner attacking fellow County Executive candidate David Blair.  COURTESY PHOTOA clip from an ad released by County Council member Roger Berliner attacking fellow County Executive candidate David Blair. COURTESY PHOTO  BETHESDA — As the primary approaches, democrats running for County Executive continue to try and jockey for position attempting to appeal to local voters and to be gain attention, one candidate ran the first “attack ad” against an opponent.

Recently, County Council member and candidate for County Executive Roger Berliner (D-1) released an ad attacking one of his opponents, businessman David Blair, with the narrator in the ad saying Blair is a “another rich guy with zero experience, spending his millions to buy this election,” with a black-and-white photo of Blair morphing into a photo of Donald Trump.

But when a new resident to the County asked Berliner at a forum in Bethesda about who was most progressive and who was most conservative among the candidates, Berliner decided to answer the question by giving positive aspects of each candidate – including Blair.

“David Blair has been a successful businessman,” Berliner told the forum, running through the accomplishments of each one of his Democratic opponents.

This is one of the first ads in the County Executive race to directly attack another opponent.

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Candidates speak at Aspen Hill public forum

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ASPEN HILL — Nine of the 11 candidates seeking either reelection or their first election to one of the three seats in the Maryland House of Delegates from District 19 came to a public forum at the Aspen Hill Library Monday night. 

The Aspen Hill Library Advisory Committee, the Aspen Hill chapter of Friends of the Library, the Aspen Hill Civic Association, and the Strathmore Bel Pre Civic Association sponsored the forum. Elliot Chabot, chair of the Library Advisory Committee, served as moderator of the event.

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Green Party candidates make County pitch

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Ian SchlakmanIan Schlakman speaks at Kaldi's Coffee Bar in Silver Spring.                           PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  SILVER SPRING — Montgomery County voters will have another option to choose from when they cast their votes in the gubernatorial election in November. 

“This is a very important election for us Greens … because it keeps us on the ballot,” said Green Party gubernatorial candidate Ian Schlakman to a small crowd of voters at Kaldi’s Coffee Bar during a meet-and-greet in downtown Silver Spring. “We have to get one percent this election or else we risk losing ballot access.”

“When I’m asked why I’m running … I’m running because we have to make a change in this state, in this country, in this system,” added Schlakman’s running mate, Rev. Annie Chambers. “We live in the second richest state in this country, yet we have people freezing to death in the street, we have children freezing to death in the school system … we have people being kicked out of the hospital because they can’t pay their bills.”

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County Council candidates debate at Leisure World forum

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SILVER SPRING — Fourteen of the 33 Democrats hoping to come through the June 26 primary with a shot at the four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council had yet another chance to break out from the pack Thursday during yet another candidate forum held at Leisure World, as candidates weighed on issues ranging from the County’s liquor control policy to affordable childcare using a rapid-fire format that kept them on their toes thanks to limited time for answers in order to accommodate all candidates running.

Sports talk radio producer and host Steve Solomon – who bills himself as a “tell-it-like-it-is” political outsider who can fix the “little things” – said he was offering honesty in lieu of government experience as his campaign pledge.

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Local students run for Governor ... in Kansas

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gabrielle zwiGabrielle Zwi COURTESY PHOTOIlan Cohen and Gabrielle Zwi have neither set foot in Kansas nor graduated from high school, but Kansas voters could soon count one or both county teenagers among their choices to be the state’s next governor. 

“Kansas is not one of the states I have visited – nor is any of the states bordering Kansas,” he said, while Zwi admitted she might have passed through the Jayhawk state in transit but has never “been there.”

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Meiklejohn runs for re-election

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Barbara MeiklejohnClerk of the Circuit Court Barbara Meiklejohn. COURTESY PHOTOClerk of the Circuit Court Barbara Meiklejohn hopes voters will grant her a second term to work on some unfinished business.

“There’s things that haven’t been finished yet…I’d like to have a part in making sure they get completed,” she said.

Meiklejohn, 61, who won her first term in 2014 – but has worked in county courts since 1975 – is building her campaign around Maryland’s electronic court filing system.

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