Democratic candidates for governor to meet Tuesday at Silver Spring forum

The Women’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County is hosting a Democratic gubernatorial forum at 7 Tuesday night at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Candidates expected to attend include Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, state Sen. Rich Madaleno, tech entrepreneur Alec Ross, attorney James Shea and former Michelle Obama adviser Krishanti Vignarajah. The free forum is also sponsored by several local Democratic clubs.

County executive candidates to discuss Montgomery County business climate Friday

The six Democrats running for Montgomery County executive are scheduled to discuss economic development and business issues at a forum Friday morning hosted by several business groups, including local chambers of commerce. The free forum begins at 8 a.m. in Building II’s first-floor conference center at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. Candidates Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, David Blair, Bill Frick and Rose Krasnow are expected to detail their plans to stimulate the local economy at the event.

County Council to host public hearing Tuesday afternoon on water quality protection charge

Members of the public will have an opportunity to share their opinions on a proposal by County Executive Ike Leggett to refrain from increasing the water quality protection charge, which is part of a broader plan by Leggett to ultimately reduce capital spending on stormwater projects over the next six years. The typical resident pays about $104.25 per year for the charge, which is also known as the “rain tax.” The fee is calculated based on the amount of impervious surface on a given property. Funds raised from the charge are used to build stormwater ponds, clean streams and implement other waterway improvements designed to cut down on nutrient pollution before water flows to the Chesapeake Bay. The charge has consistently risen over the past decade, but Leggett’s plan calls for leaving it as is and cutting spending to eliminate the need to increase the charge.

The public can weigh in on the proposal at 1:30 p.m. at the County Council Office Building in Rockville.

Town of Chevy Chase to host candidates’ forum Wednesday night

The five candidates pursuing one of three Town Council seats that will be decided in this spring’s Town of Chevy Chase election are scheduled to appear at a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday. One incumbent—Barney Rush—is seeking re-election, while Mayor Mary Flynn and council member Scott Fosler are stepping down from the council. The other candidates seeking seats are Fred Cecere, Wicca Davidson, Kirk Renaud and Deborah Vollmer.

Mild, rainy week expected

The National Weather Service predicts showers Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday this week with temperatures predicted in the upper-50s or low-60s each day. The rain will end Thursday, which is predicted to be mostly sunny with a high near 66. There’s a chance of showers Friday with a high near 65 and a nighttime low around 50 degrees expected, according to the weather service.