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2018 Endorsements: County Executive, County Council, School Board

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In past election cycles, it has not been unusual for two dozen state- and county-based groups to weigh in with candidate endorsements in the weeks and months leading up to the primary election in the overwhelmingly Democratic jurisdiction of Montgomery County. This year, with wide-open races for county executive and four County Council at-large seats, the number of groups and organizations hoping to sway the outcome of the June 26 primary seems only to have grown.

What follows is a compilation of Democratic primary endorsements by a number of organizations that are well-known locally and have established a presence in recent elections. Also included in the listing is the choices of the editorial page of The Washington Post, given its circulation and influence within the county.

This page focuses on the competitive races this year for county office. Click here for a separate breakdown of endorsements in this year’s contested congressional and state legislative elections.

A majority of the groups weighing in with endorsements in this year’s Democratic primary — there are no contested Republican primary elections at the local level in Montgomery County with the exception of the District 2 County Council seat — are labor unions or issue advocacy organizations. Only a couple of business groups — the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) and the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) — have made formal endorsements this year.

This list will be updated as new endorsements become available.

Some notes about endorsements:

• The Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) represents teachers in the county school system; the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 represents the 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 Latino and immigrant organization in Maryland.

• 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.”

 

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

• Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA): Marc Elrich

• Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500: Elrich

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

• United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1994 MCGEO: Elrich

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

• Fraternal Order of Police (Lodge 35): Elrich

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

• Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association: Elrich

• Maryland Sierra Club: Roger Berliner

• CASA In Action: Elrich

• NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland: Elrich (Berliner, David Blair, Bill Frick, Rose Krasnow and George Leventhal also received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• National Organization for Women (NOW)/Montgomery County Chapter: Krasnow

• Emily’s List: Krasnow

• Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR): Frick

• The Washington Post: Blair

Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington: Blair

 

COUNTY COUNCIL/AT-LARGE (Four Seats)

• MCEA: Hans Riemer, Brandy Brooks, Will Jawando, Chris Wilhelm

• MCGEO: Brooks, Jawando, Wilhelm

• SEIU Local 500: Riemer, Gabriel Albornoz, Ashwani Jain, Jawando

• SEIU 32BJ: Riemer, Albornoz, Brooks, Jawando

• Fraternal Order of Police: Jawando

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Riemer

• Sierra Club: Riemer, Evan Glass, Jawando, Danielle Meitiv

• CASA: Riemer, Albornoz, Brooks, Jawando

• NARAL: No endorsement (Marilyn Balcombe, Shruti Bhatnagar, Cherri Branson, Hoan Dang, Paul Geller, Glass, Neil Greenberger, Seth Grimes, Jain, Jawando, Meitiv, Jill Ortman-Fouse, Riemer, Steve Solomon and Wilhelm received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Riemer, Brooks, Lorna Phillips Forde, Glass

• AOBA: Riemer, Albornoz, Balcombe

• GCAAR: Albornoz, Balcombe, Dang, Glass

• The Washington Post: Riemer, Albornoz, Balcombe, Glass

• AFL-CIO (Maryland State/District of Columbia): Brooks, Meitiv, Wilhelm

• Career Fire Fighters: Albornoz, Glass, Jawando, Wilhelm

 

COUNTY COUNCIL/DISTRICT 1 (Bethesda/Potomac/Poolesville)

• MCEA: Ana Sol Gutiérrez

• MCGEO: Gutiérrez

• SEIU Local 500: Gutiérrez

• CASA: Gutiérrez

• NARAL: No endorsement (Peter Fosselman, Andrew Friedson, Gutierrez, Jim McGee, Regina “Reggie” Oldak, Dalbin Osorio and Meredith Wellington received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Oldak

• The Washington Post: Friedson

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

Of note: Two organizations — the Maryland Sierra Club and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) — have indicated they do not plan to make an endorsement in this race, after their respective groups failed to achieve consensus on a preferred successor to District 1 Councilmember Roger Berliner, who has held the seat for the past 12 years. Service Employees International Union 32BJ also does not plan to endorse, with a spokeswoman saying the union has focused its endorsements this year on areas of the county where the bulk of its members reside.

 

COUNTY COUNCIL/DISTRICT 2 (Clarksburg/Damascus/Germantown/Montgomery Village)

• MCEA: Craig Rice

• SEIU Local 500: Rice

• SEIU 32BJ: Rice

• CASA: Rice

• NOW: Rice

• NARAL: No endorsement (Rice received “100% Pro-Choice” rating)

• AOBA: Rice

• GCAAR: Rice

• The Washington Post: Rice

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Rice

• Career Fire Fighters: Rice

 

COUNTY COUNCIL/DISTRICT 3 (Rockville/Gaithersburg)

• MCEA: Ben Shnider

• SEIU Local 500: Shnider

• SEIU 32BJ: Shnider

• Fraternal Order of Police: Sidney Katz

• Career Fire Fighters: Katz

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Katz

• Sierra Club: Shnider

• CASA: Shnider

• NARAL: No endorsement (Katz and Shnider received “100% Pro-Choice” ratings)

• NOW: Katz

• AOBA: Katz

• GCAAR: Katz

• The Washington Post: Katz

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

 

COUNTY COUNCIL/DISTRICT 4 (Colesville/Laytonsville/Olney/Wheaton)

• MCEA: Nancy Navarro

• MCGEO: Navarro

• SEIU Local 500: Navarro

• SEIU 32BJ: Navarro

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Navarro

• Sierra Club: Navarro

• CASA: Navarro

• NARAL: No Endorsement (Navarro received “100% Pro-Choice” rating)

• NOW: Navarro

• GCAAR: Navarro

• The Washington Post: Navarro

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

• Career Fire Fighters: Navarro

 

COUNTY COUNCIL/DISTRICT 5 (Silver Spring/Takoma Park/Burtonsville)

• MCEA: Tom Hucker

• MCGEO: Hucker

• SEIU Local 500: Hucker

• SEIU 32BJ: Hucker

• Fraternal Order of Police: Hucker

• Career Fire Fighters: Hucker

• Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Hucker

• Sierra Club: Hucker

• CASA: Hucker

• NARAL: No endorsement (Hucker received “100% Pro-Choice” rating)

• NOW: Hucker

• GCAAR: Hucker

• The Washington Post: Hucker

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

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION/AT-LARGE

• MCEA: Karla Silvestre

• CASA: Silvestre

• The Washington Post: Julie Reiley

• SEIU Local 500: Stephen Sugg

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION/DISTRICT 3 (Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Garrett Park/Potomac)

• MCEA: Patricia O’Neill

• CASA: O’Neill

• The Washington Post: O’Neill

• SEIU Local 500: O’Neill

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