Political Notes: Navarro Named to Washingtonian’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ List
Plus: Glass endorses Warren; Council extends minority-owned business program
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro
Navarro named to Washingtonian’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ List
The October issue of Washingtonian Magazine lists Council President Nancy Navarro among 150 of the most powerful women in the Washington, D.C., area.
Navarro is the first Latina elected president of the Montgomery County Council and the only woman on the council. She’s listed under the “Local Politics and Government” section along with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and U.S. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.
In a Facebook post, Navarro called herself “honored” to be on a list that also included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Navarro received a similar honor in 2011. Then-President Barack Obama appointed her to his Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she served on a committee for early childhood education.
Prior to her election to the council, Navarro served two terms as president of the Montgomery County Board of Education.
Glass endorses Warren for president
Council Member Evan Glass took a foray into national politics Thursday when he officially endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president.
On social media, Glass said he was “all in” on the Democratic candidate, who he commended for her detailed policy plans.
“Elizabeth Warren has the plan to create a more equitable, secure and sustainable future,” Glass wrote in a statement. “She will restore honor and dignity to the White House.”
He’s the first council member to publicly endorse a presidential candidate.
Warren is one of 19 Democrats running for president in 2020. That list that still includes former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, who didn’t qualify for the fourth Democratic debate in Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 15.
The Maryland primary is scheduled for April 28.
Council extends deadline for study on minority-owned business program
On Tuesday, council members voted on a long-time agenda item that will extend the life of a minority-owned business program.
The program, implemented in 2014, directs the county to give special consideration to businesses owned by women, minorities, and people with disabilities in hiring government contractors.
The original legislation was spurred by a 2014 study funded by then-County Executive Ike Leggett. The study found a significant lack of minority-owned companies among government contractors.
The program was set to end at the end of 2019 without an updated report that evaluated the need to extend it. The deadline for the study was July 1, but the anticipated cost was $600,000 — an expense the county couldn’t spare in its 2020 budget.
The council approved a bill submitted by County Executive Marc Elrich that extends the deadline for the study to July 2021 and the sunset date for the program to the end of that year. Elrich also may request a supplemental appropriation to fund the study in 2020.