Maryland Matters: Spokes Up

Political Notes from Baltimore to the Eastern Shore

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Josh Kurtz

Spokes Up. Ben Shnider, who is challenging Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz in next year’s Democratic primary, is bringing U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus, to a fundraiser on Oct. 12.

“Congressman Blumenauer is among our nation’s leading voices on the issues that have inspired our campaign — like walkable neighborhoods, bike lanes, transit, and affordable housing,” Shnider said in an email solicitation.

Shnider, who until recently was the national political director for J Street, the pro-Israel group seeking a two-state solution, is challenging Katz from the left. Katz, who is in his first term on the County Council, spent 16 years as mayor of Gaithersburg and 20 years before that on the City Council.

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Ben Shnider