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With 34 ballots outstanding, incumbent Marc Elrich appears to have beaten challenger David Blair in the Democratic prima...
08/07/2022
Incumbent Elrich appears to have won the Montgomery County executive’s race

With 34 ballots outstanding, incumbent Marc Elrich appears to have beaten challenger David Blair in the Democratic primary for county executive. Elrich led by 42 votes after canvassers tallied provisional votes Saturday.
https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/politics/elrichs-lead-shrinks-to-42-votes-over-blair-after-saturdays-tally-of-provisional-ballots/

With 34 ballots left to count, Montgomery County executive race in Democratic primary seems headed for recount

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s lead expanded to 198 votes over challenger David Blair in the Democratic prima...
08/06/2022
Elrich’s lead grows to 198 votes over Blair as counting of mail-in ballots is completed

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s lead expanded to 198 votes over challenger David Blair in the Democratic primary as canvassers completed their tally Friday of the remaining mail-in ballots.
https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/politics/elrichs-lead-grows-to-198-votes-over-blair-as-counting-of-mail-in-ballots-is-completed/

Democratic race for Montgomery County executive remains tight as canvassers tackle provisional ballots Saturday

With the U.S. Department of Transportation poised to issue its decision on an ambitious Capital Beltway and I-270 toll l...
08/05/2022
Montgomery County's top planner urges delay in federal decision on I-495 toll lanes

With the U.S. Department of Transportation poised to issue its decision on an ambitious Capital Beltway and I-270 toll lanes plan, Montgomery County’s top planner accused state highway officials of running roughshod over Maryland law.
https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/news/county-planning-board-chair-urges-delay-days-before-feds-could-issue-i-495-toll-lanes-decision/

Plus: University of Maryland basketball coach buys Potomac mansion for $4.9M

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge on Thursday said he was not prepared to decide whether a Clarksburg woman is com...
08/04/2022
Decision about Catherine Hoggle’s competency postponed

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge on Thursday said he was not prepared to decide whether a Clarksburg woman is competent to stand trial for murder following the disappearance of her two children in 2014. http://ow.ly/3fQS50Kc07q

Judge says he’s not prepared to make ruling in case of Clarksburg woman accused of killing her two children

Late last month, county officials announced they were reopening the fourth round of applications for COVID-19 emergency ...
08/04/2022
Roughly $30 million still available for county residents seeking emergency rental assistance

Late last month, county officials announced they were reopening the fourth round of applications for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance. Here's a brief look at the status of the program, and how much money is available. https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/government/roughly-30-million-still-available-for-county-residents-seeking-emergency-rental-assistance/

Program open to renters financially impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Local elected officials sent letters to 10 large companies, recommending that they look to relocate in Montgomery County...
08/03/2022
Local leaders invite 10 companies to relocate to Maryland where abortion is legal

Local elected officials sent letters to 10 large companies, recommending that they look to relocate in Montgomery County--due to the fact they are in states that are, or will likely be, impacted by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/government/local-leaders-invite-10-companies-to-relocate-to-maryland-where-abortion-is-legal/

Letter sent to major firms in states where access is restricted or at risk

Montgomery County residents celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday at dozens of events throughout the county that incl...
08/03/2022
Montgomery County communities celebrate National Night Out

Montgomery County residents celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday at dozens of events throughout the county that included family-friendly activities and the opportunity to meet local police officers, firefighters and first responders. http://ow.ly/gIy850KaUfw

Hundreds of residents turn out for events attended by police, firefighters and first responders

U.S. Rep. David Trone and his brother, who together own the national Total Wine & More chain, have spent $2 million supp...
08/02/2022
Why U.S. Rep. David Trone has spent $1 million on a Colorado license ballot initiative

U.S. Rep. David Trone and his brother, who together own the national Total Wine & More chain, have spent $2 million supporting a potential 2022 Colorado ballot initiative that would loosen the state’s liquor licensing laws and eventually let them open an unlimited number of Colorado stores.

Plus: Montgomery County Ride On begins collecting fares again

If current Democratic primary results hold, and Democrats sweep the general election in November, there will be six wome...
08/02/2022
Female candidates say greater representation on County Council would benefit county

If current Democratic primary results hold, and Democrats sweep the general election in November, there will be six women on the County Council later this year. Here's how local leading female candidates feel about that shift. https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/politics/female-candidates-say-greater-representation-on-county-council-would-benefit-county/

Number of women could grow from one to six depending on election results

After six days of canvassing, the Democratic primary for Montgomery County Executive remains close, with several thousan...
07/30/2022
As ballot counting enters end of July, Elrich and Blair still in close race for county executive

After six days of canvassing, the Democratic primary for Montgomery County Executive remains close, with several thousands more ballots to count. Here's a look at that race, and other local contests. https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/politics/as-ballot-counting-enters-end-of-july-elrich-and-blair-still-in-close-race-for-county-executive/

Potomac businessman maintains slim lead over incumbent after sixth day of canvassing

A man was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison in Montgomery County Circuit Court for two carjackings that occurred in...
07/29/2022
Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for two Silver Spring carjackings

A man was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison in Montgomery County Circuit Court for two carjackings that occurred in November in the Briggs Chaney area of Silver Spring https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/courts/man-sentenced-to-25-years-in-prison-for-two-silver-spring-carjackings/

A man was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison in Montgomery County Circuit Court for two carjackings that occurred in November in the Briggs Chaney area of Silver Spring. Leslie J. Lee, 37, was charged with carjacking two people Nov. 7 and 8, including one incident in which he was armed, accordin...

Four people have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of stealing mail from a U.S. Postal Service mailbox in...
07/29/2022
Four charged with stealing U.S. Postal Service keys, mail from Chevy Chase mailbox

Four people have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of stealing mail from a U.S. Postal Service mailbox in Chevy Chase as well as multiple postal service keys, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/courts/four-charged-with-stealing-u-s-postal-service-keys-mail-from-chevy-chase-mailbox/

Some stolen items belonged to person with a Silver Spring address, authorities say

With the candidates for Montgomery County executive locked in a tight race in the Democratic primary, county election of...
07/29/2022
Montgomery County plans to continue counting ballots into the weekend

With the candidates for Montgomery County executive locked in a tight race in the Democratic primary, county election officials plan to continue counting ballots into the weekend. https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/montgomery-county-plans-to-continue-counting-ballots-into-the-weekend/

Plus: County Council Member Sidney Katz's re-election campaign manager struck, killed after being ordered out of Lyft SUV in Dewey Beach

A year ago, Chloe Ayissi-Etoh didn’t know how to sew. Now, the rising ninth grader at Wootton High School is starting he...
07/29/2022
Meet the 14-year-old fashion designer from North Potomac

A year ago, Chloe Ayissi-Etoh didn’t know how to sew. Now, the rising ninth grader at Wootton High School is starting her own fashion brand.

Chloe Atissi-Etoh, rising ninth grader at Wootton High School, has gone from watching TikTok videos about upcycling to starting her own fashion brand

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Councilmember Nancy Navarro's endorsement of David Blair is significant. She has served with incumbent Exec Marc Elrich on the Council throughout her tenure... and yet has come out strongly for his key opponent. Learn more in this thoughtful Bethesda Beat article. (Hope you'll join me in supporting David Blair!)
Curious for a countywide perspective on the legislative races? Bethesda Beat offered a fairly comprehensive overview here.
Thanks to Bethesda Beat for highlighting the African American history at Johnson's Local Park in Gaithersburg and the upcoming park renovations: https://mocoparks.org/3O6uBZa.
"There’s about 40 million potential square feet that can be realized in Silver Spring, and we’ve only got 24 million built today," said Atara Margolies, Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan project manager. Read more about how the plan addresses adding density in the downtown urban core in Bethesda Beat.
Now that the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan has been approved, check out this article from the Bethesda Beat on how this could bring more density, reimagined public parks, and more infrastructure to improve the ability to walk and cycle in the community.
In 2019, households needed to earn "at least $232,000 a year to purchase a typical home" in Chevy Chase. If prices increased with the rate of inflation since 1996, they would be affordable to those making $139,000 a year. Read more in Bethesda Beat.
Yesterday #GBCC hosted a County Executive Candidate Forum, moderated by Anne Tallent, Executive Editor of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat. The six candidates, David Blair, Marc Elrich, Peter James, Hans Riemer, Shelly Skolnick, and Reardon Sullivan, discussed positions on business and economic development issues. Thank you to our sponsor, Chesapeake Public Strategies!
“I think everybody wants to see their culture and their heritage reflected in our communities, so that’s why historic preservation is important," said AAPI Heritage Project Manager Kacy Rohn. Read more from about Montgomery County's first AAPI Heritage Project in the Bethesda Beat.
Thank you Bethesda Beat for making sure the voters of District 7 know that I have red hair. But seriously, for those that want to know more about my values and priorities, please follow me here on FB or visit my website at www.MangerforMontgomery.com. Further contact information can be found there. Email me, call me, I want to hear what your priorities are. What this article does drive home is that many of the people running for County Council agree on a variety of topics - public safety, job growth, housing, transportation and our public schools. So then, how do you decide who to support? Ask yourself this - who among the candidates is qualified to represent the residents of District 7? Has both public sector and private sector expertise and experience in this community? With the educational background and professional experience to understand how to create and attract jobs? With connections across the county in business, non-profits and local government to get things done for our district? Having a deep appreciation and understanding of the importance of both education and public safety to our success and quality of life as an educator and wife of a career law enforcement professional? Hint? That person is me!
Had a great experience at the Montgomery County Council Primary Forum hosted by Bethesda Beat. I appreciated the opportunity to continue to spread the message of a more smart and responsive government for this District. #TogetherWeCan
Thank you to to everyone who came out for the watch party for the Bethesda Beat County Council Candidate Forum. It was so much fun to join you after I was done.
Please join me at the Bethesda Beat candidate forum, At-Large session, this Wednesday at 6pm. I’m excited to share my plans to bring Montgomery County closer together, and I hope to see you there! #MoCo #MontgomeryCounty
Thanks to our friends (and defending Bee champs!) at Bethesda Beat and Bethesda Magazine for spreading the word today about our Seventh Annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee to Support Adult English Literacy! Join us - in-person or virtually - on May 4! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcaels-7th-annual-grown-up-spelling-bee-to-support-adult-english-literacy-tickets-275093671577
Bethesda Beat published the list of all the candidates following the filing deadline. You can check it out here.
Silver Spring nonprofit MHP has raised roughly $583,000 for the victims of the March 3 explosion and fire at the Friendly Garden Apartments on Lyttonsville Road, according to a report from Bethesda Beat.
Check out my opinion piece @Bethesda Beat on mental health. “Here are a few recommendations to ensure that youth mental health issues are addressed on a consistent basis in Montgomery County Public Schools". #mentalhealth