Key differences in governing styles began to emerge Wednesday at a Democratic debate held for seven of the 30 candidates running for four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council.
The debate was the last in a series of four hosted by the County’s real estate and property management groups. The hosts included the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington and the Maryland Building Industry Association.
Three at-large seats and one district seat on the Council have opened up this year due to newly-imposed term limits. Council President Hans Riemer, an incumbent at-large member, is running for a third and final term on the Council.
Many of the questions asked during the debate related to taxes, fees, economic growth and business competition.
While all the candidates said they supported a 2016 recordation tax increase that helped pay for needed school construction projects, only one candidate in the group said she was open to reducing it.