2018 Endorsements: Congress, General Assembly

2018 Endorsements: Congress, General Assembly

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Montgomery County’s 24-person House of Delegates contingent is spread over eight legislative districts. In 2018, there are contested Democratic primaries for the three available delegate nominations in each of those districts — and no shortage of efforts by labor, business and advocacy groups to sway voters in advance of the June 26 primary.

What follows is a compilation of Democratic primary endorsements for the county’s seats in the Maryland General Assembly as well as the U.S. Congress. Included are the choices of organizations that are well-known locally and have established a presence in recent elections — thanks to membership, money or both. This list will be updated as new endorsements become available prior to the start of early primary voting on June 14.

Click here for a breakdown of endorsements in this year’s contested elections for county executive and County Council.

In addition to the many House of Delegates’ contests this year, there are state Senate primaries in Districts 15 and 18.

While there are no local contested Republican primary elections on the state legislative level in Montgomery County this year — the current General Assembly delegation is all-Democratic — there is a GOP primary for the open District 6 congressional seat. On the Democratic side, eight contenders are vying for the party’s nomination in a district that extends from Potomac and Gaithersburg more than 200 miles to the western edge of the Maryland Panhandle.

A large number of organizations have weighed in with endorsements in the Democratic battle to succeed incumbent John Delaney, who is leaving to wage a longshot bid for his party’s 2020 presidential nomination. In contrast, few organizations have made an effort to endorse for the other two congressional seats that take in portions of Montgomery County — Districts 3 and 8 — where incumbent Democrats John Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin, respectively, are seeking re-election.


Some notes about endorsements:

• The Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) represents teachers in the county school system. Its parent organizations, the National Education Association and the Maryland State Education Association, have endorsed in the District 6 congressional primary. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 represents the Montgomery County school system’s support staff. The membership of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1994 MCGEO includes a majority of county government workers, while SEIU 32BJ represents many property service workers at office and apartment buildings in the county.

• While the Maryland Sierra Club endorses candidates at both the county and state level, another leading state environmental group, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, limits its Montgomery County endorsements to state legislative races.

• CASA In Action is the political arm of CASA de Maryland, which bills itself as the largest immigrant advocacy organization in the state.

• NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, while endorsing in both county and state legislative contests, also has given “100% Pro-Choice” ratings to other candidates in a given race, as it did four years ago. While this may blur the distinction with those who have received an outright endorsement, the group said it opted to award 100 percent ratings to those supportive of its positions “based on questionnaire responses and public positions on reproductive freedom in Maryland.”

• EMILY’s List, which has weighed in on the District 6 congressional race and the District 18 state Senate race, is a political action committee that backs Democratic women candidates who are supporters of abortion rights. The group “bundles” donations from contributors around the country and directs the money to candidates it favors, in an effort to maximize the financial resources available to those candidates.

The Washington Post, while continuing to make endorsements in the county executive and County Council races, this year is opting not to make across-the-board endorsements in Maryland General Assembly contests for the first time in two decades. It is unclear why the Post editorial page, whose endorsement has been considered among the most influential in county politics, has taken this step. According to sources, the editorial page staff is telling candidates that the newspaper could decide to weigh in prior to the June 26 primary in particularly competitive contests.


CONGRESS/DISTRICT 6 (Parts of Montgomery and Frederick Counties/Maryland Panhandle)

• National Education Association (NEA)/Maryland State Education Association (MSEA): Aruna Miller

• Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500: Roger Manno

• Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ: Manno

• United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1994 MCGEO: Manno

• AFL-CIO (Maryland State/District of Columbia): Manno

• Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 35: Manno

• Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters (IAFF Local 1664): Manno

• Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MCVFRA): Manno

• Maryland Sierra Club: Miller

• EMILY’s List: Miller

• CASA in Action: Miller

Of note: In addition to getting organizational endorsements, three contenders in the race for the District 6 Democratic nomination — Manno, Miller and David Trone — have been actively seeking big-name individual endorsements. Manno has been endorsed by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a former colleague of his in the state Senate. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch are behind Miller, while Trone has the endorsements of two members of the current Maryland congressional delegation, Reps. Anthony Brown and Dutch Ruppersberger, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who is running for governor.




HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 14 (Burtonsville/Clarksburg/Olney/Silver Spring)

• Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA): Anne Kaiser, Eric Luedtke, Pamela Queen

• MCGEO: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• SEIU Local 500 (SEIU): Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• SEIU 32BJ: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• AFL-CIO: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• Career Fire Fighters: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• League of Conservation Voters: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• Sierra Club: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• CASA: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• National Organization of Women/Montgomery County Chapter: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen

• Maryland Association of Realtors: Kaiser, Luedtke, Queen


HOUSE OF DELEGATES/SENATE, DISTRICT 15 (Bethesda/Potomac/Poolesville)

• MCEA: Brian Feldman (Senate), Kathleen Dumais, David Fraser-Hidalgo, Kevin Mack

• MCGEO: Feldman, Fraser-Hidalgo, Hamza Khan

• SEIU Local 500: Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo, Mack

• AFL-CIO: Feldman, Fraser-Hidalgo, Mack

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Feldman, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo

• Career Fire Fighters: Feldman, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo, Mack

• League of Conservation Voters: Feldman, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo

• Sierra Club: Feldman, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo, Lily Qi 

• CASA: Feldman, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo, Khan

• NARAL: Feldman, Fraser-Hidalgo (Tony Puca and Qi also received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Feldman, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo, Qi

• Maryland Association of Realtors: Feldman, Dumais, Fraser-Hidalgo

Of note: Feldman, Dumais and Fraser-Hidalgo are seeking re-election jointly as the “District 15 Team Slate,” but have opted not to tap any of the non-incumbent delegate candidates to run with them to fill the open seat now held by Del. Aruna Miller, who is running for Congress.


HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 16 (Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Potomac)

• MCEA: Ariana Kelly, Marc Korman, Samir Paul

• MCGEO: Kelly, Korman, Paul

• SEIU Local 500: Kelly, Korman, Paul

• SEIU 32BJ: Kelly

• AFL-CIO: Kelly, Korman, Paul

• Career Fire Fighters: Kelly, Korman

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Kelly, Korman

• League of Conservation Voters: Kelly, Korman, Sara Love

• Sierra Club: Kelly, Korman, Love 

• CASA: Kelly, Korman, Paul

• NARAL: Kelly, Korman, Love (Nuchhi Currier, Joseph Hennessey, Marc Lande and Paul also received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Kelly, Korman, Love

• Maryland Association of Realtors: Kelly, Korman

Of note: As with the incumbents in neighboring District 15, Sen. Susan Lee, Kelly and Korman are running for re-election as a slate. But they have chosen not to select a non-incumbent to join them in a bid to fill the open seat of Del. Bill Frick, who is running for county executive.


HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 17 (Rockville/Gaithersburg)

• MCEA: Kumar Barve, Julie Palakovich Carr, Julian Haffner

• MCGEO: Barve, Jim Gilchrist, Haffner

• SEIU Local 500: Barve, Haffner, Rebecca Smondrowski

• AFL-CIO: Palakovich Carr, Haffner 

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Barve, Gilchrist

• Career Fire Fighters: Barve, Gilchrist, Palakovich Carr

• League of Conservation Voters: Barve, Gilchrist, Palakovich Carr

• Sierra Club: Barve, Gilchrist, Palakovich Carr

• CASA: Barve, Gilchrist, Palakovich Carr

• NARAL: Barve, Gilchrist (Palakovich Carr, Haffner and Smondrowski also received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Barve, Gilchrist, Palakovich Carr

• Maryland Association of Realtors: Barve, Gilchrist

Of note: In January, a week after Del. Andrew Platt announced that he would not seek a second term, Barve and Gilchrist formed a slate with Palakovich Carr.


HOUSE OF DELEGATES/SENATE, DISTRICT 18 (Chevy Chase/Kensington/Wheaton/Silver Spring)

• MCEA: Jeff Waldstreicher (Senate), Al Carr, Joel Rubin, Jared Solomon

• MCGEO: Waldstreicher, Carr, Emily Shetty, Solomon

• SEIU Local 500: Dana Beyer (Senate), Mila Johns, Leslie Milano, Shetty

• Service Employees International Union 32BJ: Waldstreicher, Shetty, Solomon

• AFL-CIO: Waldstreicher, Shetty

• Career Fire Fighters: Waldstreicher, Carr, Shetty, Solomon

• Fraternal Order of Police: Waldstreicher

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Carr

• Maryland Association of Realtors: Waldstreicher, Carr

• League of Conservation Voters: Waldstreicher, Carr

• Sierra Club: Waldstreicher, Carr, Shetty, Solomon

• CASA: Beyer, Carr, Shetty, Solomon

• NARAL: Carr, Johns, Shetty (Beyer, Waldstreicher, Helga Luest, Milano, Rubin and Solomon also received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Waldstreicher, Carr, Johns, Shetty

• Emily’s List: Beyer


HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 19 (Silver Spring/Rockville area)

• MCEA: Bonnie Cullison, Marlin Jenkins, Vaughn Stewart

• MCGEO: Cullison, Marice Morales, Jenkins

• SEIU Local 500: Cullison, Morales, Jenkins

• SEIU 32BJ: Cullison, Morales, Jenkins

• AFL-CIO: Cullison, Morales, Jenkins

• League of Conservation Voters: Cullison, Morales

• Sierra Club: Cullison, Morales, Stewart

• CASA: Cullison, Morales, Jenkins

• NARAL: Cullison, Morales (Brian Crider, Charlotte Crutchfield, Jenkins and Stewart also received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Cullison, Morales, Crutchfield

• Career Fire Fighters: Stewart

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Cullison, Morales

• Maryland Association of Realtors: Cullison, Morales


HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 20 (Silver Spring/Takoma Park)

• MCEA: David Moon, Jheanelle Wilkins, Darian Unger

• MCGEO: Moon, Wilkins, Lorig Charkoudian

• SEIU Local 500: Moon, Wilkins, Unger

• SEIU 32BJ: Moon, Wilkins, Unger

• AFL-CIO: Moon, Wilkins

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Moon, Wilkins, Unger

• Career Fire Fighters: Moon, Wilkins, Charkoudian

• League of Conservation Voters: Moon, Wilkins, Charkoudian

• Sierra Club: Moon, Wilkins

• CASA: Moon, Wilkins, Charkoudian

• NARAL: Moon, Wilkins (Fatmata Barrie, Charkoudian and Unger also received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Moon, Wilkins, Charkoudian

Of note: Less than a month prior to the June 26 primary, the incumbents — Sen. Will Smith, Moon and Wilkins — announced they were adding Charkoudian to their candidate slate.


HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 39 (Clarksburg/Germantown/Montgomery Village)

• MCEA: Kirill Reznik, Shane Robinson, Gabriel Acevero

• MCGEO: Robinson, Acevero, Bobby Bartlett

• SEIU Local 500: Reznik, Robinson, Acevero

• SEIU 32BJ: Acevero

• Career Fire Fighters: Reznik, Robinson, Lopez

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Reznik, Robinson

• AFL-CIO: Bartlett, Acevero

• League of Conservation Voters: Reznik, Robinson, Lesley Lopez

• Sierra Club: Reznik, Robinson, Lopez

• CASA: Reznik, Robinson, Acevero

• NARAL: Reznik, Lopez (Acevero also received a “100% Pro-Choice” rating)

• NOW: Reznik, Acevero, Lopez

• Maryland Association of Realtors: Reznik, Robinson

Of note: In mid-2017, after Del. Charles Barkley announced he was running for County Council at-large, the remaining incumbents — Sen. Nancy King, as well as Reznik and Robinson — formed a slate with Lopez.

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