Saturday, April 27, 2013
Maryland Juice: Navarro, other county pols, could join Brown in gubernatorial bid.
Could Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring become Maryland's next lieutenant governor? The state's gubernatorial election is a long way off, but political consultant David Moon, editor of the politics blog Maryland Juice, thinks Navarro is at least under consideration as a running mate to current Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Brown, a Democrat from Prince George's County, is expected to be the first candidate to announce his bid for governor in 2014. Adam Fogel, Navarro's chief of staff, declined to comment. Moon procured a short list of potential candidates to join Brown, who is thought to be preparing to kick off his campaign May 10 at Prince George's Community College. Here's the list: Click here …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Councilman Mark Pierzchala leads the slate, plans to run for mayor
At a crowded Rockville pizza parlor Saturday, a slate of candidates that calls itself “Team Rockville” announced its plans to run for city offices in 2013. Leading the slate is second-term Councilman Mark Pierzchala, who is running for mayor. The rest of Team Rockville are: Councilman Tom Moore, who is seeking re-election, and Julie Palakovich Carr, Beryl L. Feinberg and Virginia Onley, who also are running for council seats. The candidates addressed supporters at a campaign kick-off event at Giuseppi’s Pizza in Rockville Town Center. Pierzchala said Rockville faced the challenges of a growing population, a shrinking federal sector, and the need to build up the city’s private sector. “Team Rockville is about making decisions based on facts…
Find out what motivates the candidates on Team Rockville, a five-person slate making a run for City Council and mayor.
Known as Team Rockville, a slate of candidates announced Saturday at Giuseppi’s Pizza that they plan to run for city offices in 2013. Team Rockville is: Councilman Mark Pierzchala, who's running for mayor; Councilman Tom Moore, who’s running for re-election; Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr and Beryl L. Feinberg, who are running for City Council seats. Find out what motivated the candidates to run and what they hope to bring to the Council, if they get elected. Candidates are listed alphabetically by office sought. Rockville's city elections are Nov. 5.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Gazette: Rockville didn’t have a legal mechanism for candidates to withdraw; final campaign finance filing dates would be earlier.
Rockville's mayor and City Council reached a consensus but did not vote on policy changes on Monday regarding local elections, including one that would permit candidates to officially withdraw from city elections, The Gazette reported. Still another change would change the filing date for campaign finances. One policy change is the result of a quandary that arose in 2011 when City Council candidate Joseph Jordan dropped out of the election, but his name was on the ballots because the city had no legal mechanism for candidates to withdraw. Jordan received 382 votes. Under the new policy, candidates could withdraw their candidacy up until the filing deadline, The Gazette reported. The full story is posted at Gazette.net. The council also …
Monday, March 4, 2013
A proclamation on Business Appreciation Week also is on Monday's agenda.
The Financial Advisory Board, a discussion with the city’s elections board and a vote on an assessment for driveway apron construction highlight the Rockville City Council’s agenda for Monday. A proclamation declaring March 11-15 Business Appreciation Week in the city also is on the agenda. The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11. Financial Advisory Board The council is scheduled to vote on two additional provisions to an ordinance to establish a Financial Advisory Board. One provision would address the mayor and council’s desire that board members serve "overlapping three-year terms." City staff drafted language recommending two of the initial board members be appointed to one-year …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Examiner: County Councilwoman from Silver Spring Joins Leventhal, Andrews, and Duncan as Democratic candidates.
Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin announced plans to join an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 County Executive race, The Washington Examiner reported. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring joins county councilmen George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park and Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist.3) of Gaithersburg, and former County Executive Doug Duncan in the race, according to the report. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) could still announce a run for re-election. Ervin, 55, said she'd had "serious discussions" with multiple community members, pollsters and media consultants about starting her campaign, according to the report. Read the full story on The Washington Examiner.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Get caught up on headlines you might've missed in Montgomery County.
With more than a dozen websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from every corner of our community. Catch up on headlines you might have missed this week, including a speed camera controversy in Chevy Chase, a push to ban fracking in Maryland and a retail race in Clarksburg. Frederick Woman Killed In Fatal Crash Near I-270S Shady Grove Exit GAITHERSBURG—A fatal accident on Interstate 270 southbound caused major delays Monday morning for commuters in the Gaithersburg-Rockville area. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch. Rockville Case Cited in Bid to Close Sex Law Loophole ROCKVILLE—Part-time school employees in Maryland have been able to engage in sexual relationships with students as young as 16 and avoid prosecution due to a…
Monday, January 14, 2013
A vote on changes to the city bid process also is on deck.
The final report by the city’s Charter Review Commission, three public hearings and discussions of proposed changes to the city’s ethics ordinance and the city’s bid process are on the Rockville City Council’s agenda for Monday. The council also is scheduled to hear an update from the Rockville Chamber of Commerce. The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11. Charter Review Commission report The council is scheduled to hear the final report from the city’s Charter Review Commission. The commission’s recommendations, outlined in the report, include: The commission also recommended several changes to increase voter participation in city elections. Some changes would be automatic should the …
Monday, January 7, 2013
If you haven't been invited to an official ball, there are plenty of other inaugural balls you can attend.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend just two official inaugural balls—the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military and the Inaugural Ball. Both official balls are at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The ticketing period for both events has closed. But, if you still want to get dressed up and dance the night away, there are a number of “unofficial” Inaugural Balls—ones that are sponsored by state parties or societies, non-profit organizations or other groups. While there won’t be a presidential visit, they can be a lot of fun. The Maryland Inaugural Ball is sponsored by the Maryland Democratic Party and a host of local unions and companies. It will be …
Friday, January 4, 2013
County Councilman could be among crowded Democratic field in 2014.
It’s no secret that Montgomery County Councilman Philip M. Andrews plans to run for Montgomery County Executive in 2014. Now, with 2014 just 361 days away, Andrews has launched a website, the political blog Maryland Juice reported Friday. PhilAndrews.com includes the flag “Phil Andrews for Montgomery County Executive” and tells visitors: “We'll be adding material to our new website over the coming weeks; please return to see what's new!” It also includes a place to sign up to volunteer for the campaign and—as any good campaign site should—a place to donate money. The Democratic councilman from Gaithersburg is in his fourth term representing District 3, which includes Gaithersburg, Rockville, Washington Grove, Leisure World, and parts of…