Delaney's Presidential Campaign Heats Up in Iowa; McCarthy Raises Questions about County Proposal To Aid Immigrants

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Delaney already hits the 2020 presidential campaign trail

U.S. Rep. John Delaney is not well known outside of Maryland, but he's attracting some attention for getting an early start on presidential campaigning for the 2020 election. Delaney, who is pursuing the Democratic presidential nomination, has already opened a campaign office in Iowa and visited 48 of the state's 99 counties. He's also been to New Hampshire and South Carolina and spent more than $1 million on television ads in Iowa. [Politico]

County's top prosecutor suggests changes to county proposal aiding those at risk of deportation 

The Montgomery County state's attorney has expressed some concerns about a County Council proposal to set aside funds for providing legal aid to immigrants facing deportation. John McCarthy said the council should expand the list of criminal offenses that would disqualify someone from the funding. While people found guilty of crimes including first-degree murder and gang activity would be excluded under the current proposal, McCarthy said convictions for stalking and domestic violence should also disqualify someone. The council will hold a public hearing May 1 on its proposal to allocate $373,000 for the legal aid. [WTOP]

Next junior mayor of Gaithersburg announced

A fourth-grader from Dufief Elementary School has been chosen to serve as junior mayor of Gaithersburg. Zayd Salahuddin will appear at the State of the City address April 26 and will be officially introduced at a May city council meeting. Zayd was selected from 87 student applicants who submitted an essay about community leadership. A panel interviewed six finalists before picking Zayd as the junior mayor. Zayd will be invited to join Mayor Jud Ashman for public ceremonies this year. [Montgomery Community Media]

Metro buses back in use after safety checks 

The Metro system placed more than 160 of its buses back in service Monday. The buses had been off the road for safety inspections after two of them suddenly stalled last month. Two people suffered minor injuries in the incidents. While the safety checks were going on, Metro used 80 reserve buses to cover the shortfall. [NBC4]

Tuesday forecast calls for rain 

Rain is expected to arrive in the late morning. The area should see temperatures near 60 degrees, falling to about 52 degrees overnight. Wind gusts of up to 23 mph are possible during the day. 

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