Reviews | Approvals for Montgomery County Council’s Democratic primary
More than 50 candidates are on the July 19 Democratic ballot and the winners are expected to prevail in the November general election. Some of the problems Montgomery faces are long-standing: congested roads, a lack of affordable housing, an inhospitable business climate. Others are more recent: an increase in delinquency, losses linked to covid in student learning. Voters would do well to choose candidates committed to solving the real problems of Montgomery residents with practical solutions rather than those more interested in grabbing headlines and placating advocates.
In the race for four seats at large, we support the incumbents Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass and Will Jawando and local businessman and lawyer Scott Goldberg. We are enthusiastic in our support for Mr. Albornoz, Mr. Glass and Mr. Goldberg. Both council members have proven themselves, in their first four years in office, to be thoughtful and hard-working legislators. Mr. Albornoz was at the forefront of Montgomery’s efforts to combat covid-19, establishing health protocols and helping streamline efforts to secure stimulus funds for local workers and businesses. Mr. Glass has been a leader in efforts to improve public transportation and pedestrian safety, making public buses free for all children under 18. Mr. Goldberg has built a successful residential property management company, giving him valuable insight into the needs of businesses that the board lacks. Our endorsement of Mr. Jawando comes with a caveat. We admire her advocacy for racial equity, support for libraries, and dedication to public service. However, his tendency to listen to the loudest voices has resulted in misguided positions, such as his campaign against school resource officers and his support for rent control legislation that would stifle the production of housing whose we badly need.
Constituency 1: Incumbent Andrew Friedson is the only starter to run unopposed, a testament to the hard work of his first four years.
District 2: We approved Marilyn Balcombe four years ago when she ran unsuccessfully for a universal seat and we reaffirm our belief that her years as a community activist and as head of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce have grounded her in county needs. The board would benefit from his pragmatic common sense.
Constituency 3: We urge voters to return Sidney Katz for a third term. With so many new board members, it will be important to have someone with their knowledge and reputation as a consensus builder. His work on mental health and public safety issues is particularly relevant to the post-pandemic challenges facing the county.
District 4: Amy Ginsburg has a rich history of working with nonprofits, most recently leading the Manna Food Center. Not only has this work given him insight into the challenges facing Montgomery residents, it has also honed his ability to bring community, business and government together.
District 5: Jeremiah Popelong active in civic associations in his Hillandale neighborhood, is acutely aware of the challenges facing residents of Eastern County, and his experience as a political consultant and chief of staff to a Maryland delegate helps meet these needs.
District 6: Natali Fani-Gonzalez, former Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board and former Commissioner of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, knowledgeable about land issues and how best to build more affordable housing, design safe streets and increase opportunity Recreation.
District 7: Dawn Luedtke, an assistant state attorney general with extensive experience in education, public safety and health law, is forward-thinking in her approach to issues. His work in school safety and law enforcement training is particularly noteworthy.