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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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Republicans ready for competitive District 2 race

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For 14 years, the County Council has gone without a Republican. Now two men vying in the primary think they can change that if given the chance.

Ed Amatetti, a Brooklyn-born former middle- and high-school science teacher, and Kyle Sefcik, a Gaithersburg-based professional mixed martial arts fighter-turned-small business owner, have both said 2018 is a ripe time for a Republican to replace incumbent Craig Rice in District 2.

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County Council Candidates Speak in Aspen Hill

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ASPEN HILL — Thirteen candidates for the four at-large County Council seats at stake in this fall’s election came to the Aspen Hill Library on Thursday to speak at a candidate forum, sponsored by The Aspen Hill Library Advisory Committee, Aspen Hill chapter of Friends of the Library, Aspen Hill Civic Association, and the Strathmore Bel Pre Civic Association. 

The forum was the second such event held at the library, following another candidate forum on April 20. Two events were held to accommodate the large number of candidates seeking office. Elliot Chabot, chairman of the Library Advisory Committee, served as moderator.

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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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Another day and another executive debate

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SILVER SPRING — In what has become a weekly ritual as the June primary draws closer, five of the Democratic candidates running for County Executive gathered at the Silver Spring Civic Center for yet another candidate forum.

The Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County hosted the forum, which was moderated by WAMU reporter Armando Trull. Appropriately enough, the discussion revolved mostly around issues important to the County’s largest Latino population. Candidates in attendance included Council members Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow and businessman David Blair. Delegate Bill Frick was the lone candidate to not attend, as he was in Annapolis fulfilling his duties as a state delegate.

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Taxes weigh heavy on county office candidates

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While some Montgomery County voters favored the Montgomery County Council’s unanimous vote to raise property above the limits of the County Charter, tax increase was one of the most contentious issues that the Council tackled in 2016, as many property owners were infuriated by the vote, which raised the average homeowner’s taxes by 8.7 percent.

With an unprecedented 33 candidates seeking the four at-large seats on the County Council as the 2018 election season gets underway, a number of contenders in the 33-candidate field are looking to stand apart from the pack by promising not to raise property taxes any further. The Sentinel surveyed all 33 at-large candidates on the subject of property tax increases, many of whom pledged to not support further property tax hikes.

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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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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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