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Congratulations to sitting judges

gavel2This week the Republican and Democratic voters of Montgomery County voted to elect to full fifteen year terms seven sitting judges previously appointed by the Governor as Associate Judges of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The judges were required to go through an, because under the Maryland Constitution they are required to stand for election in the first general election after their appointment to the bench.

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Democrats kiss and make up for Fall fight

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MCDCC logo SquareCounty Democrats set their target directly on ending the Republican stronghold on the presidency, Congress and the state governorship at a June 28 pep rally to kick off the November General Election campaign.

Only two days after the state primary, winners and losers alike spoke only of solidarity at the annual Kiss and Make Up Unity Party the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee sponsored at the Marriott in Bethesda.

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Voter turnout climbs for primaries but not as much as some people thought

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campaign signsElection campaign signs lay discarded in a pile by the Silver Spring Library. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKTurnout was up, but not as high as some had predicted

While voters here didn’t rush to the polls in record numbers as some had predicted, turnout did increase throughout the County when compared with the 2014 gubernatorial primary. 

However, it was not as high as the 2016 presidential election primary.

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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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Baker loses Democratic primary to Jealous

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COLLEGE PARK — Current Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III lost his bid to become the Democratic nominee for Governor for the state of Maryland to former president and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous in Maryland Democratic primary on June 26. 

In a six-candidate race, Jealous earned 39.8 percent of the vote while Baker fell to second place, accumulating 29.3 percent. Running on a platform based on his history as county executive, Baker campaigned on improving the minimum wage statewide, increasing jobs and lowering the crime rate.

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Ficker wins GOP nom for County Executive, Amatetti faces Rice in council race, other GOP members to run in at-large race

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Attorney Robin Ficker won the Republican nomination for Montgomery County Executive Tuesday night and will take on either Council member Marc Elrich or businessman David Blair in November’s general election.

Ficker has spent years in Montgomery County as a political activist successfully campaigning for voter referendums on term limits and a requirement of unanimous approval for a property tax increase.

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Riemer, Jawando, Glass, and Albornoz advance

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In a field that included 33 candidates, incumbent Council member Hans Riemer, along with newcomers Will Jawando, Evan Glass, and Gabe Albornoz emerged victorious to secure Democratic nominations for the County’s four at-Large County Council seats in November’s general election.

“This has been an amazing race. There’s so many people running for Council, a lot of really wonderful and qualified people. The county's in a really good position and we have a lot of great people serving on the Council,” Riemer said during a watch party at the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring.

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Trone successful in bid to secure 6th District nomination

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David Trone mugshot 2 5 16David Trone won the Democratic Primary nomination for District 6 on Tuesday night. FILE PHOTOGAITHERSBURG — Businessman and Congressional candidate David Trone won the District 6 primary for the Democratic Party with 22,855 votes with 237 of 237 Election Day precincts reporting, or 40.4 percent of votes counted.

“It’s fantastic,” said Trone outside Shady Grove Metro Station Wednesday, about the win. “It’s fantastic that the voters trusted us. But most important is that the voters trusted our values.”

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"Too Close to Call"

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Marc Elrich currently leads David Blair by only 149 votes for County Executive spot

County Executive candidates, left to right, Marc Elrich and David Blair speak to their supporters Tuesday night; the election results are still too close to call. PHOTOS BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV AND GEORGE SMITH  County Executive candidates, left to right, Marc Elrich and David Blair speak to their supporters Tuesday night; the election results are still too close to call.         PHOTOS BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV AND GEORGE SMITH  The Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive is too close to call.

County Council member Marc Elrich currently leads businessman David Blair by just under 150 votes, with 14,902 absentee ballots and 3,614 provisional ballots yet to be counted.

"I'm in a race against a guy who spent uncounted millions, a newspaper that strayed from reporting and just strictly made everything editorial and a group of developers that just spent a lot of money to make sure that I didn't get elected ... and it doesn't look like they've succeeded."

With all the votes from Election Day and early voting counted, Elrich currently has 36,117 votes to Blair’s 35,968 votes, but votes from absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. The winner of the Democratic Primary will face Republican Robin Ficker, who ran unopposed in the Republican Primary in November’s General Election.

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Trone wins District 6 Democratic Primary

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David Trone won the Democratic Primary nomination for District 6 on Tuesday night.  FILE PHOTODavid Trone won the Democratic Primary nomination for District 6 on Tuesday night. FILE PHOTO  Businessman and Congressional candidate David Trone won the District 6 primary for the Democratic Party with 22,855 votes with 237 of 237 Election Day precincts reporting, or 40.4 percent of votes counted.

Trone beat State Del. Aruna Miller (D-15) and State Sen. Roger Manno (D-19), who received 30.6 percent and 10.2 percent of votes Democratic votes, respectively.

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