Seventh State: Non-Incumbents Embrace Moon Country Club Bill

Delegate David Moon’s local bill on country clubs, which would have phased out a $10 million special tax break received only by country clubs with golf courses, did not get much love from elected officials.  The County Council did not support it (despite recently passing $53 million in budget cuts), the County Executive outright opposed itand Moon’s colleagues in the MoCo House Delegation killed it on a 17-7 vote.  This story is not quite over though because Moon has a statewide bill that would not eliminate the tax break but would limit country clubs’ assessed land value to one percent of market value.

Read More
Ben Shnider
Seventh State: MOCO ENDORSEMENTS: FEBRUARY 15, 2018

...a handful of non-incumbents are starting to rack up progressive endorsements.  In MoCo, the two who stand out are Council Member Marc Elrich, who is running for Executive, and District 3 County Council candidate Ben Shnider, who is challenging incumbent Sidney Katz.  If Shnider’s endorsements keep snowballing can he pull off the unthinkable?

Read More
Ben Shnider
Medium: Ensuring Every Montgomery County Student Can Realize Their Full Potential

Ensuring that every County resident has an equal opportunity to realize their full potential starts with ensuring an excellent public education system that extends from pre-k to postsecondary schooling. Until every child in our County has access to the same excellent education opportunities, we fall short of living up to our progressive label and fulfilling our economic potential.

Read More
Ben Shnider
Seventh State: Laborers Union Announces MoCo Endorsements

The Mid-Atlantic region of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) has announced its endorsements in MoCo county-level races.  The union is supporting Marc Elrich (County Executive), Andrew Friedson (Council D1), Ben Shnider (Council D3), Nancy Navarro (Council D4), Tom Hucker (Council D5) and Hans Riemer and Chris Wilhelm (Council At-Large).

Read More
Ben Shnider
Bethesda Beat: Shnider gaining momentum in challenge to incumbent County Council member Katz

Democrat Ben Shnider is hoping his progressive message will help him beat out incumbent County Council member Sidney Katz in the District 3 primary in June. But Katz, who served as mayor of Gaithersburg for 16 years, is hoping voters will value his experience, particularly considering the potential for a number of first-time members to be elected to the council this year. [Washington Post]

Read More
Ben Shnider