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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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Green Party Candidate makes D-6 case

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George Gluck Green Party Candidate D6 2018George Gluck COURTESY PHOTOThe Green Party has yet another candidate running in Montgomery County this year after 71-year-old former Navy contractor George Gluck announced he will mount a challenge for the vacant seat in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District as a Green Party candidate.

“I think it’s where I can do the most good,” Gluck said. “I’m running for my grandkids and other people’s grandkids.”

Once a member of the Democratic Party, Gluck said the views that made him feel most welcome in the Green Party are those of a “1968 Democrat,” which he explained meant they aligned with progressives “on virtually every issue.”

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Green Party candidates join House race

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Green Party MD logoThe number of candidates vying for the District 18 House of Delegates seat expanded by one as Jon Cook filed papers to run as a member of the Green Party, giving voters another choice of representation in Annapolis. 

Cook, 41, will face incumbent Del. Al Carr (D) and two other Democrats in November’s general election. No Republicans have filed to run for the seat as of Feb. 20. The first-time candidate said his run was born out of the need to build a “counter to the legislative power that the Democrats have in the county.” 

“If you compare the guiding principles of the Green Party on social, economic and environmental justice … we’ve given the Democrats ample opportunity to solve some of these issues,” Cook said in a phone interview shortly after his filing. “Now is clearly the time for a third party.”

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Green Party candidate enters State Senate race

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David JeangDavid Jeang Photo by George SmithDistrict 19 voters will have the opportunity to vote for a member of the Green Party to be their next state senator now that David Jeang of Rockville has thrown his hat into the ring.

“I feel the need to build other representation in Montgomery County would be healthy to bring out voters who don’t feel the alignment with the current Democratic County and in turn bring out more voters in the whole of Maryland,” he said in a phone interview. 

Jeang, 29, will face off against three-term Del. Ben Kramer (D) for the privilege of representing Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Wheaton and Olney in the Maryland Senate. He explained his choice to run as a third party candidate is meant to ensure that the prospective Democratic nominee will have some opposition in the general slection and will allow him to raise issues that otherwise might be ignored.

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Green Party candidate to run for council seat

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Tim WillardTim Willard.      FILE PHOTO   Tim Willard of Kensington has formally entered the race for one of four county council at-large seats as a candidate of the Green Party.

“I’m running on a platform of sustainability,” Willard said. “I am going to be the only candidate looking at the limits of growth seriously,” he added.

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Protesters Swarm D.C.

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Hundreds of thousands protest against Trump and for climate, jobs and justice

Peoples March 3Protesters show up in the District for the second time in as many weeks for the Climate March. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV

WASHINGTON – Thousands of marchers descended on the nation's capital Saturday chanting, "This is what democracy looks like" in protest of the current Trump administration's policies on the environment, economy and civil rights.

"I am here fighting for environmental justice because families and communities like mine carry the burden of climate change, yet their voices are erased from the broader fight," said Johana Vicente, 24, an organizer with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters from Silver Spring and one of the speakers at the event.

"For me it is personal. It is personal because my mom was diagnosed with asthma after a few years of being in this country," she added. "I am in this fight for because I want an environment where our communities can go outside and not worry about where they will be able to breathe or not."

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Green Party candidate files for County Council at-Large

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Tim WillardTim Willard. COURTESY PHOTO  

BETHESDA – Green Party candidate Tim Willard of Kensington has filed with the County Board of Elections to run for the County Council at Large in 2018.

“I’m running on a platform of sustainability,” Willard said. “We have start planning an end to growth, it’s getting expensive, and we have to figure out how we go into the future,” he added.

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Green Party nominee Jill Stein rallies at UMD

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COLLEGE PARK – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka told several hundred people at a campaign rally Sunday they had more options than the major party nominees.

 “You are what democracy looks like UMD,” Stein shouted to an audience of several hundred, populated largely by University of Maryland students. “We are in the middle of a mobilization that puts people, peace, and plant over profit.”

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Democrats outpace Republicans in new voter registrations in Montgomery

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ROCKVILLE – With early voting beginning in one week, Montgomery County Democrats are out-registering Republicans by an eight-to-one margin, according to the County Board of Elections.

From Sept. 1 through 30, the number of registered Democrats in the county increased from 377,130 to 381,837, a total of 4,707 additional registered voters.

During the same time period, the Republicans increased their total from 121,492 to 122,075, an increase of 583 voters, less than the 1,002 people who joined the ranks of unaffiliated voters.

That came one month after the Republican voter roll dipped by 376 voters while Democrats increased their voter roll by 1,114 voters.

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