2021 | Politics

Lierman earns endorsement of elected officials in Montgomery County

Also: Republican Central Committee selects new member for District 16, Montgomery County police officer running for Frederick office

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Lierman endorsed by numerous state, local leaders

Del. Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore city), a candidate for state comptroller next year, was endorsed by more than two dozen members of Montgomery County’s state delegation and a dozen county officials at an event in Bethesda Tuesday. (A list of her endorsements is posted on her campaign website.)

Lierman, who grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Walt Whitman High School, is one of two Democrats to declare their candidacy for comptroller. The other is Tim Adams, the mayor of Bowie.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is the only Republican to declare for the race so far. 

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Montgomery County Democrat, is running for governor next year. 

The comptroller is the state’s chief financial officer and responsible for collecting taxes across the state, along with auditing taxpayers statewide.

Montgomery County police officer running for state office in Frederick

A Montgomery County police sergeant is running for state office in Frederick County.

John Distel, who has spent nearly two decades with the department, is running for delegate in District 3B, which includes the region south of the city of Frederick, running from Ballenger Creek to Point of Rocks and Tuscarora along the Potomac River. 

Distel, a Republican, is the only candidate to have filed for the seat as of Tuesday afternoon. Del. Ken Kerr, a Democrat, currently holds the seat. He was elected in 2018. 

GOP selects businessman to fill District 16 opening

The Montgomery County Republican Central Committee selected J. Montgomery “Monte” Gingery to fill an opening on its committee, representing legislative District 16.

Gingery, a local businessperson, will serve with four other committee persons, representing Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

In total, there are 48 committee members: five members serving each of the eight legislative districts countywide, and eight at-large members representing the entire county.

Gingery is a member of Empower Montgomery, a nonprofit focused on improving the business climate countywide.