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GOP’s Skolnick runs for Council at-large

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Shelly SkolnickShelly Skolnick Courtesy PhotoLocal attorney Shelly Skolnick’s decision to run for an at-large seat on the County Council as a Republican puts the veteran of six campaigns – including runs for Congress, County Council and County Executive – among the thin ranks of those running for countywide office under the GOP banner. Despite Montgomery County’s solid blue reputation, Skolnick hopes he can win over Democratic voters with his pragmatic ideas.

“I’m not an ideologue and I’m not an extremist,” Skolnick said. “Some of my ideas go against the Republican orthodoxy.”

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Radio host joins County Council at-large race

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Sports radio personality and producer Steve Solomon is one of the latest to join the field of 30 at-large Montgomery County Council candidates.

Solomon, a County native who grew up in Wheaton, Silver Spring and Bethesda, said he launched his campaign on what he calls an everyman platform which includes the culling of the County’s deer population, speeding up the construction of County infrastructure projects and supporting County Fire and Rescue.

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Silver Spring resident files to run for County Clerk of the Court

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AlanBowserPortraitAlan Bowser Photo provided by Alan BowserCiting a need “to bring more accountability, transparency, diversity, and representation to the courthouse,” Silver Spring resident Alan Bowser has launched his second bid to become the first person of color to be elected Clerk of the Circuit Court in Montgomery County.

“There’s never been a representative of color in the leadership of the courthouse, that could be 242 years in the County’s history,” he said. “Our goal is to open up the courthouse to different voices and bring people with different ideas and complexions to the table.” 

Bowser, 65, a Democrat and attorney in the County since 1995, also ran for the Clerk’s office in 2014. The reason he is challenging incumbent Barbara Meiklejohn, he explained, is because the courthouse does not currently represent the community it serves; if elected he will look to maintain a high standard of professionalism and performance among the court’s staff. 

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Two more candidates file for County Council

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Chris Wilhelm (at-large)

Northwood High School teacher and Democrat Chris Wilhelm is one of the latest to file to run for County Council at-large.

Wilhelm who teaches at English as a Second Language at Northwood High School in Silver Spring and has previously worked for Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) and Del.  David Moon (D-20).

Wilhelm said he is proposing on making Montgomery College tuition-free for County residents.

“I think this would make a huge difference for lower and middle income families in Montgomery County,” Wilhelm said.

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Gaithersburg Candidate Slate Finalized

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GAITHERSBURG – Sept. 22 marked the deadline for candidates to file in this fall’s election in Gaithersburg. On Sept. 26, the Board of Supervisors of Elections certified the candidacies of those who filed to run for Mayor and City Council. The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Incumbent Mayor Jud Ashman is unopposed on the ballot. Ashman was originally appointed mayor following the election of longtime mayor Sidney Katz to District 3 of the Montgomery County Council; he won a special election to serve the remaining two years of Katz’ term in 2015. This fall, he is seeking his first full four-year term.

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Two more candidates file for County Council

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Dalbin Osorio (Democrat)

New York born social worker Dalbin Osorio filed to join the race to replace out going District-1 Council member Roger Berliner last week.

Osorio said he decided to run for County Council because there needs to be more people who are the ground level and are personally affected by the issues facing the County representing people in local government.

“I noticed there was a lack of representation for people who had actually done the direct work that politicians and their policies usually impact,” Osorio said.

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Two more at-large candidates file for County Council seats

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Will Jawando Mohammad SiddiqueWill Jawando (D) and Mohammad Siddique (D) both filed for at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council. COURTESY PHOTOS  Since the new term limits amendment to the County charter, preventing reelection bids for at-large incumbent Council members Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Marc Elrich, there will be at least three new At-Large Council members in 2018. Two more at-large candidates officially filed for County Council this week, bringing the total number of candidates to 11 for four at-large seats.

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