By John Clayton
The May 24 Democratic primary election is, with all due respect to Montgomery County Republicans, where the county council seats will probably be decided. Nothing I can say will change that fact, and for better or for worse, the reality of one-party rule looms large over Montgomery County elections. The county is the most populous county in the state, and as such, our county council along with the county executive have a lot to do with our future quality of life. Out here in the Agricultural Reserve, there used to be a District 2 that ran all the way across the “top” of the county, so that it was all under one district. As of the last redistricting, this is no longer true, and the greater Poolesville area and pretty much everyone out here south of Maryland Route 28 are presently represented by Robert Berliner in District 1, and everyone north of Route 28, broadly speaking, continues to be in District 2, represented by Craig Rice, the current council president. We are all represented by three At-Large council representatives. We get to vote for the representative in our district and four At-Large candidates.
I have tried to draw from each candidate’s website the issues that they represent as being most important, assuming that the order of issues they presented means something. The election is June 214. Candidates are in alphabetical order.
Roger Berliner, Bethesda
Pepco’s reliability; Make Montgomery County a more sustainable community; Environment: Protect Ten Mile Creek; Protect our trees; Solar energy; Next generation of transit; McMansion legislation; Protect residential communities; Reduce energy taxes; Smart growth; Economic development, innovation, and efficiency.
Duchy Trachtenberg, Rockville
Creating jobs and economic development; Education; Health and human services; Domestic violence; Transportation; Environment; Agriculture and rural Montgomery; Affordable and quality housing; Arts and entertainment.
Neda Bolourian, Gaithersburg
Income inequality; Education; Equality; Taxes (too high); Environmental justice; Transportation; Accountability for elected representatives.
Craig Rice, Germantown
Job creation and the economy; Education; Public safety; Environment; Community; Transportation.
Beth Daly, Comus
Traffic and transportation; Responsible growth; Affordable housing; Schools and libraries; Environment.
Marc Elrich, Takoma Park
Budget; Education; Environment; Growth and planning; Housing; Transportation.
Nancy Floreen, Garrett Park
Job creation; Education; Smart growth; Protecting existing communities; Growth and the environment; Transportation priorities; Helping the neediest residents.
George Leventhal, Takoma Park
Access to healthcare; Health reform; Protect the rights of the individual; Environment; Sustainable living.
Vivian Malloy, Olney
Healthcare; Education; Infrastructure and small business; School safety; Seniors, veterans, disabled; Protecting our environment; Public transportation; Development.
Hans Reimer, Takoma Park
Public education; Healthy tax base and great jobs; High-quality, affordable childcare; Protect streams and tree canopy; Build public transportation and focus our future development around it.