Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A List of Possible Montgomery County Council 2014 Challengers // Former Delegate Herman Taylor Weighing At Large Run?

Maryland Juice has been hearing rumors and seeing bits of evidence regarding possible candidates for Montgomery County Council in 2014. The body is composed of 9 members (5 District Councilmembers, and 4 At Large members who serve countywide), but so far there is only one vacant seat projected for 2014. Here is a quick list of the current County Council incumbents:
  • Marc Elrich, At Large (likely seeking re-election)
  • Nancy Floreen, At Large (likely seeking re-election)
  • George Leventhal, At Large (likely seeking re-election)
  • Hans Riemer, At Large (likely seeking re-election)
  • Roger Berliner, District 1 (likely seeking re-election)
  • Craig Rice, District 2 (likely seeking re-election)
  • Phil Andrews, District 3 (running for County Executive)
  • Nancy Navarro, District 4 (likely seeking re-election)
  • Valerie Ervin, District 5 (still under deliberation)

Below we highlight a few possible politicos who may seek office, though our list is by no means exhaustive:

HERMAN TAYLOR, FORMER D14 DELEGATE: A credible Maryland Juice source reported this morning that former Delegate Herman Taylor may be seeking a run for County Council At Large. We contacted Taylor for comment, and his response was: "A lot of people have been meeting with me and strongly urging me to return to public office."

VIVIAN MALLOY, MOCO DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE: The Gazette's Kate Alexander recently reported that Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee member Vivian Malloy was running for County Council At Large (Note: Malloy has filed for office). The Gazette article contained the following comment from Malloy: “I really want to run for County Council because I care about people and our future and the lifestyle of our community,” she said. “I believe in public service and know that through sound legislative policy and fiscal responsibility, we build a healthy and thriving community.”

BETH DALY, LOCAL ACTIVIST: Bethesda Magazine's Lou Peck reports today that local activist Beth Daly is weighing a run for County Council At Large. Peck's article noted, "Beth Daly, a Dickerson resident who is a member of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, confirmed she is 'exploring' a run for an at-large council seat, and plans to make a decision this fall."

TERRILL NORTH, LOCAL ACTIVIST: Local activist Terrill North has announced a September fundraiser for County Council. The invitation does not specify whether North is running At Large or in District 5. Bethesda Magazine's Lou Peck article today also commented, "Terrill North appears to be in something of a holding pattern on a County Council run while awaiting Ervin’s announcement on her political future."

EVAN GLASS, LOCAL ACTIVIST: Local activist Evan Glass has been weighing a run for County Council for some time now, and at last check Bethesda Magazine's Lou Peck highlighted his contingency plans regarding whether to run for District 5 or At Large: "Saying he would not run against Ervin in District 5 if she seeks re-election, Glass added, 'Absent her decision, people from throughout the county have been encouraging me to explore an at-large council seat.'"

RYAN SPIEGEL, GAITHERSBURG COUNCIL: Gaithersburg City Councilmember Ryan Spiegel is weighing a run for the District 3 seat being vacated by Phil Andrews. His Facebook page is now titled "Ryan Spiegel for County Council" though a June 2013 post called the effort "exploratory."

ROSE KRASNOW,  FORMER ROCKVILLE MAYOR: Rose Krasnow, a former Rockville Mayor & Councilmember and interim director of the MoCo Planning Board has been rumored to be weighing a run for Phil Andrews' District 3 Council seat. Montgomery Community Media reported on her interest a few weeks ago: "Krasnow ... attended a March 2nd Leadership Montgomery workshop on campaigning and said after the workshop that she is 'considering' a run for County Council in 2014."

GULED KASSIM,  LOCAL ACTIVIST: Local activist Guled Kassim has officially filed a campaign committee and news reports indicate it is for the District 3 County Council seat. In a previous run for office, Kassim wrote on the Maryland Politics Watch blog: "I am a Somali-American, a Muslim, and a veteran of the Unites States Marine Corps."

More on the 2014 County Council races soon!

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