Maryland Matters: Political Notebook: More Endorsements as Primary Approaches

The Metro Washington AFL-CIO made endorsements this week in primary races in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Washington, D.C.

In Montgomery County races:

Brandy Brooks, Danielle Metiv and Chris Wilhelm earned endorsements in the county council at-large race. Jim McGee was endorsed in the District 1 council race, as was Ben Shnider in District 3, Nancy Navarro in District 4 and Tom Hucker in District 5.

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Greater Greater Washington: Our endorsements for Montgomery County Council districts: Ben Shnider

Besides the incredibly crowded race for Montgomery County’s four at-large seats, there are races for the Democratic nomination in all five council districts. It’s here in the council district races where parochial concerns about specific transportation and development projects have a tendency to take over, and strong contrasts have emerged.

Greater Greater Washington’s endorsed candidates…Ben Shnider in District 3…have shown substantial courage to stand up for an inclusive and transit-oriented future and deserve your support in Maryland’s June 26 primary.

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Seventh State: THE PROGRESSIVES’ BIG GAMBLE

One of the more remarkable things occurring in MoCo this cycle is the snowballing of progressive groups around District 3 County Council challenger Ben Shnider.  Just look at our latest endorsement chart.  Shnider, who was virtually unknown a year ago, has collected about as many progressive endorsements as much better known politicians like Council Members Hans Riemer and Nancy Navarro, Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez (running for Council District 1) and Council At-Large candidate Will Jawando.  That’s a challenge for Shnider’s opponent, incumbent Council Member Sidney Katz, but it’s a challenge for the progressive groups too.

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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.

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