Bethesda Beat: Political Roundup: Delegate Endorses Katz’s Challenger in County Council Race

Published by Andrew Metcalf on September 15, 2017.

District 3 County Council candidate Ben Shnider, left, has been endorsed by the county's House Delegation Chair Shane Robinson, right.

Shnider lands endorsement of Shane Robinson

District 3 Democratic County Council candidate Ben Shnider, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Sidney Katz in the 2018 election, has secured the endorsement of Del. Shane Robinson (D-Montgomery Village), the county’s House delegation chair.

In challenging Katz, a longtime former Gaithersburg mayor, Shnider, 28, is putting forward a progressive platform that includes support for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, improving transit and establishing universal pre-kindergarten. Katz previously voted against a bill that would have raised the county’s minimum wage to $15 per hour incrementally over the next five years.

“I’ve known Ben for years and have seen him in action,” Robinson said in a statement. “I’m confident he’ll work tirelessly to ensure all members of our community can afford to live and thrive in Montgomery County.”

Robinson also said Shnider shares his commitment to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and creating a countywide waste management strategy focused on zero waste. Shnider most recently was a political director at the Israeli-Arab peace advocacy organization J Street.

Robinson has known Shnider’s family for several years. Shnider’s brother formerly worked as a legislative aide for Robinson, according to Shnider.

Shnider also landed the endorsement of District 17 Del. Andrew Platt (D-Gaithersburg). Platt said in a statement that he believes Shnider will “be a tireless advocate” for working families.

Shnider is trying to unseat one of the county’s longest-serving elected leaders. Prior to being elected to the council in 2014, Katz served as Gaithersburg mayor for 16 years.

The Maryland primary election takes place June 26, 2018.

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