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Hogan and Jealous kick off governor’s campaign

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Days after Ben Jealous won the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made one of his latest reelection campaign stops in Gaithersburg for Summerfest.

Hogan has been reluctant to make statements attacking any of his potential Democratic opponents for the November 2018 election until now.

Jealous, who was the former president and CEO of the NAACP, won the Democratic nomination as a progressive, promising to bring a single-payer-style healthcare system to Maryland, to reform the criminal justice system and to make all four-year universities “debt free.”

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Elrich lead shrinks to 149

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Council member Marc Elrich still leads David Blair for County Executive spot

County Council member Marc Elrich leads businessman David Blair by 149 votes in the race for the County Executive Democratic nomination.  FILE PHOTOMarc Elrich (left) leads David Blair by 149 votes in the Democratic slot for November's County Executive race. FILE PHOTOMore than a week after elections, the Democratic Primary for County Executive is still too close to call.

Election night and early-voting totals originally had Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large) in the lead by fewer than 500 votes to businessman David Blair. Now that lead has shrunk to just 149 votes, as County election officials continue to count absentee votes.

On Thursday County election officials will count the remaining 2,600 Democratic provisional ballots. On Friday, the Board of Elections staff will count the remaining absentee ballots, which they should complete by Saturday, a likely time when there will be a projected winner in the County Executive Democratic Primary.

“At that time, I expect we will still be opening ballots...and tabulating through Saturday July 7,” said Alysoun McLaughlin, deputy election director for the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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All-female school board to be elected this November

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MoCo BOEWhile the names of the new members of the Board of Education for Montgomery County Public Schools won’t be known until the November election, one thing is certain. The next school board will be 100-percent female.

All seven candidates whom voters chose to include on the November ballot were women; four of them will be seated on the next school board.

Those four will join three female BOE incumbents: Shebra Evans, Jeanette Dixon and Rebecca Smondrowki.

Even the student representative to the board is female. MCPS students elected to the board in April Richard Montgomery High School rising senior Ananya Tadikibda.

Julie Reiley, the top vote-getter for the at-large seat, would have preferred a more-diverse board.

“I tend to think communities are better served if those who represent them reflect the community,” she said. “I think we need to make sure we do extra work to make sure we are fair and reflecting the need of all our students,” regardless of family income, their ancestry or their ethnicity.

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GOP challenger rises against Sheriff Popkin

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Hwang PopkinLt. Jae Hwang with Montgomery County's 5th District Police Station will challenge Sheriff Darren Popkin in next year's general election. COURTESY PHOTOS  A deputy commander of Montgomery County's 5th District Police Station will challenge Sheriff Darren M. Popkin in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election.

Lt. Jae Hwang, a 15-year police veteran, Army reservist, and graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School, filed paperwork with the Maryland State Board of Elections this month and launched a website - www.jaeforsheriff.com. He is a registered Republican.

"Crime has been increasing in Montgomery County," Hwang said in an interview. "We need a more effective, engaged and hands-on sheriff."

Popkin, a Democrat, was first elected as Sheriff in 2010 following the retirement of six-term Sheriff Raymond M. Kight. Although Popkin faced challengers in the 2010 and 2014 primary elections, he has never before run against any opponents in a general election.

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Executive Office Building construction to be completed in time for elections

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A project to fix the Judicial Center Traffic Circle at the Executive Office Building in Rockville will be completed in time for the 2016 general election according to Hamid Omidvar, chief of the Division of Building Design and Construction for Montgomery County.

According to the description of the project on the County website, the project was originally scheduled to be finished in September, but is now expected to be completed in November. Omidvar said the goal is to finish the project before the November general election as the Executive Office Building is scheduled to be used as an early voting site.

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Looking at the reasons why people opt to vote

Who votes depends on a series of factors. Is it a general election or a primary? Is it a presidential election year or an off year? In a presidential election year, many more voters come out to vote because, first, there is of course a great deal more at stake. Second, because the stakes are so much higher than in a non-presidential year, the media coverage is much greater. That additional coverage provides voters with more information and misinformation with which to choose a candidate.

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