2021 | Politics

UPDATED: Wheaton business owner announces run for County Council

Also: District 18 slate files for re-election in Annapolis; Redistricting commission holds meeting for county residents

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This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021, to correct the name of Lazo’s restaurant. It was updated at 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2021, to correct that the District 18 team is not running as a slate.

Lazo to run for County Council in District 4

Omar Lazo of Silver Spring, a 44-year-old business owner, is running for County Council in District 4.

Lazo, a Democrat, was recently appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve on the Montgomery County College Board of Trustees, according to a news release. He previously sat on the boards of the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee and the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce. 

He is a co-owner of Los Chorros Restaurant in Wheaton, and serves on the county’s Workforce Development Board. 

Lazo is the fourth resident to commit to running for the District 4 council seat, which is currently held by Nancy Navarro, who is term-limited. He has not filed for the race.

Neither has former state Del. Maricé Morales, a Democrat who also is running.

Natali Fani-Gonzalez, the vice chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, has filed for the race. She is a Democrat.

So has Paul Schwartz, a former columnist for the Sentinel newspapers who is currently a lobbyist in Annapolis, focusing on representing current and retired federal employees. He also is a Democrat.

District 4 includes Wheaton, Aspen Hill and Olney, among other areas.

The 2022 primary election is scheduled for June 28. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8. The filing deadline is Feb. 22.

District 18 state lawmakers file for re-election

A state senator and three delegates in Montgomery County have filed for re-election to the state’s 18th District.

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher, along with Delegates Al Carr, Emily Shetty and Jared Solomon, are all running for another four-year term next year. They will run and campaign as a team, but will fundraise individually. 

Shetty and Solomon were elected to the House of Delegates in 2018. Waldstreicher was elected to the Senate in 2018, after serving in the House of Delegates for three terms.

Carr was appointed to the House of Delegates in December 2007, then won elections in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

No one else had filed in District 18 as of Friday morning.

District 18 includes parts of Chevy Chase and Bethesda, along with Wheaton and Kensington. 

State’s redistricting commission hosts first Montgomery County public hearing

A nine-member commission tasked with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps throughout Maryland held its first public hearing for Montgomery County residents this week. 

The commission was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan, and includes three Democrats, three Republicans and three independent voters.

Its goal is to receive input from residents statewide, then submit new legislative maps for state districts and a congressional map for the General Assembly to consider.

Wednesday’s meeting was part of the first round of “listening tours” with residents around the state, according to a news release.

The second round will occur this year after the U.S. Census Bureau releases its 2020 census data to states. The third round will happen after proposed maps are drawn.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com