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Political Notes: First County Council candidate files for 2022 race

Plus: Four school board seats open in next election; applications accepted for Public Election Fund Committee

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First County Council candidate files to run for at-large seat for 2022 election

Christa Tichy of Rockville became the first person to file for a Montgomery County Council seat for the 2022 primary.

Tichy, a Democrat, is running for an at-large seat. She filed for election on March 23.

In an email Tuesday afternoon, Tichy wrote that she works as a master electrician and Maryland Home Improvement Commission contractor. She was raised in the Bronx in New York and has lived in Montgomery County for more than 20 years.

“What I feel I have to offer is the insight a person with hands-on training and knowledge of construction, incorporated with a successful business model can offer,” she wrote.

According to Tichy, she is a member of the Minority Coalition for her union and the Sportsman’s Alliance. She wrote that she has also participated in Rebuilding Together projects in the county.

“I am a team player and will supplement the Council with my energy and insight,” Tichy wrote.

Three of the council’s current at-large members — Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass and Will Jawando — have said they plan to run for re-election.

The fourth at-large member, Hans Riemer, is term-limited (a maximum of three terms) and has said he will consider a run for county executive.

Brandy Brooks, who finished seventh in a race for four at-large council seats in 2018, has launched a 2022 campaign, but not has not filed yet.

The 2022 primary election will be held on June 28. The deadline to file is Feb. 22.

Four county school board seats will be on 2022 ballot

Four Montgomery County Board of Education seats are up for grabs in the 2022 election.

The seats up for election are:
• The at-large seat held by Karla Silvestre
• The District 1 seat held by Judy Docca
• The District 3 seat held by Pat O’Neill
• The District 5 seat held by Brenda Wolff

As of Tuesday night, nobody had filed to run for any of the seats.

In recent interviews, Silvestre, O’Neill and Wolff said they had not decided if they will run for re-election. Docca could not be reached for comment.

County seeks three to sit on Public Election Fund Committee

Montgomery County is seeking to fill three seats on its Public Election Fund Committee.

One seat opened up because of a resignation. The other two are available because of legislation that expanded the committee from five to seven members.

The terms will end on April 30, 2023.

The committee recommends an annual appropriation for public campaign financing and raises public awareness of the system.

The seats can be filled by Democrats, Republicans, unaffiliated voters, or voters who are members of other political parties officially recognized by the Board of Elections. No more than three members can be from the same political party.

The committee currently has two Democratic members and two Republican members.

The deadline for applications is at 5 p.m. on Monday. Letters of application and a resume can be emailed to County Council President Tom Hucker at County.Council@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov or mailed to the council office in Rockville.

— Staff writer Caitlynn Peetz contributed to this story.

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.