Election 2022: Montgomery County Council Races
The general elections are fast approaching. Here’s what to expect.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Election Day is Nov. 8, and the Montgomery County Board of Elections has already begun counting mail-in ballots. Here’s what Marylanders can expect to see on their ballots when they come to Montgomery County Council and council races at large.
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County council as a whole
Fiotes was born and raised in Maryland. He has worked as a business owner in the zoning and construction industries and worked in the Senate.
According to his campaign website, he is running to help secure the county’s future and currently he is concerned about the direction the county is taking.
“I hear from constituents saying they love Montgomery County – like me,” he wrote on the site. “They want to live here, and they want their children and grandchildren to live here and be part of the future of our county.”
Fiotes says that to do this requires more fiscal control, as well as spending. A more business-friendly environment is needed, Fiotes details, along with the promotion of responsible zoning, ensuring solid education at all levels and developing the necessary infrastructure. Fiscal responsibility is key to the county’s future success, he says, “so that we can continue to invest in the things that matter to our citizens.”
Lieber spent nearly 40 years working at Montgomery College in the computer science department. He is now retired.
He says he runs based on the following points, according to his website:
- Board actions over the past two years
- Ensuring government neutrality on social issues
- The need for fiduciary responsibility
- Public safety and peace
- Mandates, lockdowns and school closures
Patel has worked as a political operative, developer, designer and entrepreneur. He has managed campaigns for Republican governors, senators and representatives.
Patel says on his website that Montgomery County is broken and he is coming forward to resolve issues with the county.
‘I will take advantage of public funding for my campaign,’ he says, while outlining his views on putting children’s education first, funding roads and highways, safer moco and lower taxes to help businesses to success.
Albornoz is the former chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party and has served on more than 39 boards. He spent 11 years as director of the Montgomery County Recreation Department before joining the Montgomery County Board in 2018, where he is now chairman of the board.
“Montgomery County is at a crossroads,” it states on its website. “Many of our county residents continue to feel the full impact of the pandemic and have yet to recover. We must fully address the systemic inequalities that have been exacerbated over the past two years, strengthen our economy and address this moment.”
Albornoz highlights his views on gun control, immigrant rights, advocacy for vulnerable populations, climate action, transportation access and safety, economic and workforce prosperity work, education and positive youth development, affordable housing, public safety and first responders, and public health and welfare.
Glass is currently an At-Large Member of the Montgomery County Council, a position he has held since 2018. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Council. Prior to this position, he worked as a journalist.
He is also the first openly LGBTQ+ individual to serve on the Council.
On his campaign website, Glass also highlights his views on COVID relief, pay equity, transportation and pedestrian safety, fighting climate change, affordable housing, education, rights LGBTQ+ and small business support.
Jawando has been an At-large member of the Montgomery County Council since 2018. He is a civil rights attorney and worked as an associate director of public engagement for the Obama administration.
“Extending the Montgomery County Promise to everyone,” he says.
On his website, Jawando presents his thoughts on housing, climate change, the economy, climate change, public housing and policing.
Sayles has served on the Montgomery County Council since 2017. She is a former member of the Gaithersburg City Council. Professionally, she is a senior consultant to the FDA and a paraeducator with Montgomery County Public Schools.
Sayles says she uses the acronym SMART for the policy agenda, which she says will “successfully position our county to compete in the economy of the future.”
Empowering 21st Century Learning from Cradle to Career and Beyond
Making life in Montgomery County more affordable
Advance sustainable local food production in the agricultural reserve
Revitalizing the economy while recovering from the pandemic
Fighting climate change through multimodal transport infrastructure
County Council District 1
Friedson is the District 1 council member representing western and southwestern Montgomery County from the DC line to the Frederick County line, he details on his website. He sits on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development and Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committees.
County Council District 2
This district is in the western part of the county and includes: Clarksburg, Dickerson and Germantown. Current board member Craig Rice is term-limited.
Dan Cuda married into a Montgomery County family thirty years ago while stationed at the Pentagon during his 22-year active duty career in the Air Force, his site details. website. He coached youth baseball and was active as a reader and parish councilor at Our Lady of Visitation Parish in Darnestown.
Balcombe has worked as CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce as well as the Montgomery County Small Business Recovery Task Force.
County Council District 3
This part of the county includes Gaithersburg and Rockville.
Hernandez was born in Shady Grove and raised in Gaithersburg. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park and majored in government and politics. He has worked as a fingerprint technician and child care assistant as a substitute teacher, and in information technology as an administrator and developer.
Katz has been a board member since 2014 and is seeking a third term. He has experience as a member of the Gaithersburg Planning Commission, Gaithersburg City Council and Mayor of Gaithersburg.
County Council District 4
Nancy Navarro occupies this seat, but its duration is limited. The district includes Silver Spring and the North Bethesda area.
Riley says she was born in Washington, DC after her grandparents immigrated. She states that she is a career politician, but simply a concerned citizen who seeks a better quality of life in the county.
Stewart is a director at Conway Strategic. She was elected Mayor of Takoma Park in 2015. In 2014, she was elected to the Takoma Park City Council.
County Council District 5
This district is in the eastern part of the county and includes White Oak, Burtonsville and the Leisure World area.
Woody says she has worked as a lawyer, real estate broker, tax consultant, U.S. tax tribunal member, in addition to being a television and radio personality and an adjunct professor of law, among other roles.
Mink is the lead legislator organizer for the Center for Popular Democracy, a nonprofit organization. She has worked as a local teacher and community organizer.
County Council District 6
It is one of two new districts and includes Aspen Hill, Wheaton and Glenmont.
Viet was born and raised in Houston, Texas by Vietnamese war immigrants, according to his website. He now lives in Rockville and previously worked for Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, then transferred to the private sector and works at Deloitte.
Gonzalez currently runs a politics and communications company. Locally, she served as vice chair of the Montgomery County Parks and Planning Commission.
County Council District 7
It is the other of two new county districts and includes: Sandy Spring, Olney, Montgomery Village and Damascus.
Maldonado immigrated to the United States from Bolivia with his family in the 1980s and has lived in Montgomery County ever since. He is the first member of his family to go to college and graduated from the Catholic University of America with a degree in economics. He has worked in the private and public sectors.
Luedtke is an attorney specializing in education law and policy, school safety, and mental and behavioral health. She also works as an instructor with the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Boards and the National Association of Attorneys General Training and Research Institute.
WATCH: What you need to know about voting in Montgomery County
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