Montgomery County Candidates List For Local, State, Federal Office 9/11/2017

This is an updated list of candidates for local, state and federal office in Montgomery County as best as we could determine as of September 11, 2017. It will be updated at least once a week until the filing deadline of Feb. 27. Candidates for county executive and county council are listed first, followed by the state legislature, Congress and statewide offices.

This week we added Shruti Bhatnager, who will run for County Council At-Large. And, we are confirming that At-Large County Council candidate Ukiah Busch has dropped out of the race.

We have done our best to identify candidates who have announced, filed for the office or filed for public financing of their campaigns. We may have missed some candidates, although the list includes over 100 candidates already, at least 20 just for the four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council. We are missing photos and websites for some candidates.

This list is maintained by Glynis Kazanjian and Len Lazarick, who should be emailed about any corrections or additions. We hope to add campaign finance and other useful data as the election season goes on, but not so much data that the list becomes unwieldy.

As with all the content on MarylandReporter.com and Montgomery Reporter, which operates under a Creative Commons License, the content can be used by anyone in any media without asking permission so long as MarylandReporter.com is credited.

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Democrats

Roger Berliner

Roger Berliner, District 1, County Council President, term limited; filed 7/3/17

Using traditional fundraising; no public financing

Email roger@berlinerformontgomery.com

https://www.facebook.com/BerlinerForMontgomery/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/roger-berliner-officially-enters-2018-montgomery-executives-race/2017/06/08/9eb54904-4c79-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html?utm_term=.368c67a617de


Marc Elrich

Marc Elrich, At-Large, term limited; filed 6/28/17

Filed for public financing; 2/22/17

Email info@marcelrich.org
Website www.marcelrich.org

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Marc-Elrich-Formally-Launches-County-Executive-Campaign/


George Leventhal

George Leventhal, At-Large, term limited; filed 7/3/17

Filed for public financing; 9/29/16: qualified

Email info@georgeleventhal.com
Website: https://georgeleventhal.com/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/george-leventhal-officially-enters-race-for-montgomery-county-executive/2017/06/26/7e7b30b8-5a8e-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.56e3d03e4846

http://www.mymcmedia.org/leventhal-receives-nearly-200000-from-public-election-fund/


Republicans

Robin Ficker

Robin Ficker, Attorney; filed 2/28/17;

Filed for public financing; 2/8/17

Email robinficker@msn.com
Website http://www.robindeliversforyou.com/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/ficker-announces-2018-run-for-montgomery-county-executive/2017/03/03/f508dc1e-0037-11e7-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.2a94e89cab21

http://www.mymcmedia.org/robin-ficker-declares-candidacy-in-the-2018-race-for-county-executive/


COUNTY COUNCIL

County Council At-Large (Four seats, runs countywide)

Democrats

Hans Riemer

Hans Riemer, incumbent; filed 7/19/17; first elected in 2010

Filed for public financing; 1/18/17; qualified

Email info@hansriemer.com
Website hansriemer.com


Gabe Albornoz, D;

Filed for public campaign financing, 8/31/17


Marilyn Balcombe

Marilyn Balcombe;

Traditional financing; 5/1/17

Email marilyn@marilynbalcombe.com

http://marylandreporter.com/2017/06/20/term-limits-create-opportunities-for-women-to-run-for-montgomery-county-council/

https://www.germantownpulse.net/single-post/2017/02/15/Marilyn-Balcombe-to-Run-for-At-Large-Seat-on-County-Council

Del. Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley


Charles Barkley; serving fifth term House of Delegates

Email cbarkley39@gmail.com

Traditional financing

http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa02763.html

Cherri Branson


Cherri Branson

Traditional financing; 6/20/17

Brandy Brooks


Brandy Brooks; filed 7/14/17

Filed for public financing; 5/12/17

Email brandy@brandy4moco.com
Website https://brandy4montgomery.com/

http://marylandreporter.com/2017/06/20/term-limits-create-opportunities-for-women-to-run-for-montgomery-county-council/

Ron Colbert


Ron Colbert; filed 5/1/17

Public financing; 4/6/17

Email ron@colbertforcouncil.com
Website http://www.colbertforcouncil.com/

Bill Conway


Bill Conway

Filed for public financing; 4/3/17

Website https://billconwayforcouncil.com/

http://www.mymcmedia.org/potomac-lawyer-says-hes-running-for-at-large-council-position/

Hoan Dang


Hoan Dang; filed 6/26/17

Filed for public financing; 4/10/17

Email hoan@votedang.com
Website http://votedang.com/

http://www.mymcmedia.org/hoan-dang-files-for-at-large-seat-on-county-council/


Lorna Forde

Lorna Phillips Forde

Public financing; 7/24/17

http://dhr.maryland.gov/maryland-commission-women/commissioners-staff/lorna-phillips-forde-mba/


Loretta Garcia, D; filed 8/30/17

Filed for public campaign financing


Evan Glass

Evan Glass

Filed for public financing;

https://www.facebook.com/EvanGlassforMoCo/


Richard Gottfried

Richard Gottfried; filed 3/2/17

Filed for public financing, 3/2/17

Email richgott3@verizon.net
Website votegottfried.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIB-bEG1tFo

Neil Greenberger


Neil Greenberger

Email ngreenberger@hotmail.com

Will use public campaign financing

http://www.mymcmedia.org/council-spokesman-to-run-for-seat-on-county-council/


Seth Grimes

Seth Grimes

Filed for public financing, 8/2/17

https://www.facebook.com/Seth4MC/


Ashwani Jain

Ashwani Jain; filed 5/9/17

Traditional financing

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ashwani-jain-for-montgomery-county-council-campaign-kick-off-tickets-36309625066


Will Jawando

Will Jawando

Filed for public financing, 8/9/17

Website http://willjawando.com/

Danielle Meitiv


Danielle Meitiv; filed 6/1/17

Filed for public financing, 5/31/17

Email dmeitiv@gmail.com
Website http://meitiv2018.com/

http://marylandreporter.com/2017/06/20/term-limits-create-opportunities-for-women-to-run-for-montgomery-county-council/


Darwin Romero

Darwin Romero; filed 07/31/2017

Public financing, 7/26/17

Email info@darwinromero.us

https://www.facebook.com/romero4council


Mohammad Siddique; filed 8/10/17

Filed for public campaign financing 8/10/17

msiddique00@gmail.com

Chris Wilhelm


Chris Wilhelm

Filed for public financing, 2/21/17

Website https://www.wilhelmforcouncil.com/


At-Large

Green Party Candidates

Tim Willard

Tim Willard; filed 4/14/17

Filed for public financing, 4/18/17

Email dravidic@yahoo.com
Website http://www.timforcouncil.org/


County Council District 1

Democrats

Bill Cook

Bill Cook; filed 5/23/17

Filed for public financing, 3/9/17

Emailwmcook@gmail.com
Websitehttp://www.cookinthecouncil.com/

Pete Fosselman


Pete Fosselman

Traditional financing, 3/2/17

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Ex-Kensington-Mayor-Becomes-First-Candidate-To-Jump-Into-District-1-Council-Race/


Andrew Friedson

https://andrewfriedson.com/

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Andrew-Friedson-Announces-Run-for-District-1-County-Council-Seat/


Jim McGee

Jim McGee

Filed for public financing, 7/27/17

Email 1920jimmy@gmail.com

Reggie Oldak


Reggie Oldak; filed 4/26/17

Filed for public financing, 4/25/17; qualified for public financing, 9/1/17

Email Reggie@ReggieOldak.com

Website https://www.reggieoldak.com/

http://marylandreporter.com/2017/06/20/term-limits-create-opportunities-for-women-to-run-for-montgomery-county-council/

Meredith Wellington


Meredith Wellington; filed 8/4/17; former County Planning Board member

Traditional financing, 5/31/17

Email meredithwellington2018@gmail.com
Website https://www.meredithwellington.com/

http://bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Former-Planning-Board-Member-Meredith-Wellington-Files-to-Run-for-District-1-County-Council-Seat/

Republicans

Richard Banach

Filed for public financing, 8/20/17


County Council District 2

Democrats

Craig Rice

Craig Rice, incumbent

Traditional financing

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rice/index.html

https://www.germantownpulse.net/single-post/2017/06/09/Craig-Rice-Will-Seek-Re-election-to-District-2-Seat-Forego-County-Executive-Run


Tony Puca

Tony Puca; filed 5/24/17

Filed for public financing, 5/24/17

Email tonypuca@aol.com

In competitive MoCo council race, Democrat turns to crowdfunding; two Republicans already filed


Republicans

Ed Amatetti

Ed Amatetti; filed 3/1/17

Filed for public financing, 2/13/17

Email eamatetti@comcast.net
Website http://www.edamatetti.com/

http://marylandreporter.com/2017/06/26/moco-council-candidate-closing-the-gap-on-qualifying-for-public-funding/

Tom Ferleman


Tom Ferleman; filed 2/28/17

Traditional financing, 2/23/17

Email thomas@ferleman.com
Website https://ferleman.com


County Council District 3

Democrat candidates

Sidney Katz

Sidney Katz, incumbent, filed 8/9/17

Filed for public financing, 7/27/17

Website http://sidneykatz.com/

Ben Shnider


Ben Shnider; filed 5/10/17

Traditional financing

Email shniderb@gmail.com
Website https://www.shniderforcouncil.com/


County Council District 4

Democrats

Nancy Navarro

Nancy Navarro; incumbent; filed 6/29/17;

Filed for public financing, 3/31/17

Email nn@navarrogroup.com
Website http://nancynavarro.org/

County Council District 5

Democrats

Tom Hucker

Tom Hucker; filed 6/19/17

Traditional financing

Email tom@tomhucker.com
Website http://tomhucker.com/


STATE’S ATTORNEY

John McCarthy

John McCarthy, D, incumbent, filed 06/26/2017

Email john.mccarthy@johnmccarthy.us
Website www.johnmccarthy.us

The Democratic incumbents at the courthouse are running as a team.

CLERK OF THE COURT

Barbara Meiklejohn

Barbara H. Meiklejohn, D, incumbent, filed 06/26/2017

Email barbarameiklejohnforclerk@gmail.com

REGISTER OF WILLS

Joseph Griffin

Joseph M. Griffin, D, filed 06/26/2017

http://registers.maryland.gov/main/region/montgomery/montgomerybio.html

Email grif_joe@yahoo.com

SHERIFF

Darren Popkin

Darren Mark Popkin, D, filed 06/26/2017

Email darren.popkin@gmail.com

Website darrenpopkinforsheriff.com


MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

All incumbent state legislators from Montgomery County are Democrats. All legislative districts have one senator and three delegates elected at large from that district.

Legislative District 14

SENATE

Craig Zucker

Craig Zucker, D; filed 2/28/17; appointed to Senate February 2016 to fill vacancy; served one term and one year as delegate from Jan. 2011 to Feb. 2016

Website http://www.craigzucker.com/

Robert Drozd

Robert Drozd, R, filed 5/12/2017

https://www.facebook.com/DrozdForMaryland/

robert.s.drozd@gmail.com

HOUSE

Anne Kaiser

Anne Kaiser; filed 2/28/17; serving fourth term

Email delegatekaiser@gmail.com

Website http://annekaiser.com/

Eric Luedtke

Eric Luedtke; filed 2/28/17; serving second term

Email ericformaryland@gmail.com

Website http://www.ericluedtke.com/

Pamela Queen

Pamela Queen; filed 2/28/17; Appointed by Democrat Central Committee February 2016 to fill a vacancy left by Del. Craig Zucker, who was appointed to fill Sen. Karen Montgomery’s seat upon her resignation in Dec. 2015

Email pamela_queen4107@comcast.net

Website http://www.pamelaqueen.com/

Adrienne Craver

Adrienne Craver, Unaffiliated

https://www.adrienneformd.com/

adrienneformd@gmail.com


District 15 (One open seat; Del. Aruna Miller running for 6th Congressional District)

SENATE

Brian Feldman

Brian Feldman; serving in second term, not filed for reelection; appointed to Senate in September 2013; formerly delegate 2003-2013

Website http://brianjfeldman.com/

HOUSE

Kathleen Dumais

Kathleen Dumais; serving in fourth term

Website http://kathleendumais.info/

David Fraser-Hidalgo

David V. Fraser-Hidalgo; serving in second full term,

Website http://www.fraserfor15.org/

Republicans

David Wilson

David Wilson; filed 3/7/17

Email votefordavidwilson@gmail.com

Website http://www.votefordavidwilson.com/

District 16 (one opening – Del. Bill Frick running for 6th Congressional District)

SENATE

Susan Lee

Susan Lee; filed 4/5/17; serving first term as senator; served three terms as delegate

Email senatorsusanlee@gmail.com

Website http://susanleeforsenate.com/

HOUSE

Ariana Kelly

Ariana Kelly; serving second term

Website https://delegatearianakelly.com/

Marc Korman

Marc Korman; filed 3/23/17; serving first term

Website http://www.marckorman.com/

Sara Love

Sara Love

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Sara-Love-to-Run-for-District-16-Delegate-Seat/

Jordan Cooper

Jordan Cooper

http://www.cooperformaryland.com/

District 17

SENATE

Cheryl Kagan

Cheryl Kagan; first term in Senate; served House 1995 to 2003;

*May run for county executive and rumored to be on short list for Lt. Gov. by some gubernatorial candidates

Website http://www.cherylkagan.org/

http://marylandreporter.com/2017/07/31/sen-kagan-considers-race-for-county-executive/

HOUSE

Kuman Barve

Kumar Barve; serving seventh term

Website http://www.kumarbarve.com/

James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist; serving in third term

Andrew Platt

Andrew Platt; serving first term

Julie Palakovich Carr

Julie Palakovich Carr; filed 7/2017; current member of the Rockville City Council

Email julie@juliepalakovichcarr.com

Website https://www.juliepalakovichcarr.com/

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Rockville-City-Council-Member-To-Run-for-Delegate/

District 18 (Open Senate seat – Sen. Richard Madaleno running for governor)

SENATE

Jeff Waldstreicher

Jeffrey Waldstreicher, D; running for Senate; serving third term as House delegate, filed 8/23/2017

Website http://www.jeffwaldstreicher.com/

HOUSE

Democrats

Alfred Carr

Alfred Carr; serving third term

Website http://www.alcarr.org/

Ana Sol Gutierrez

Ana Sol Gutierrez; serving fourth term
Website http://www.anasolgutierrez.com/Ana-Delegate_Site/ANA_-_MD_Delegate_D-18.html

Mila Johns; filed 6/14/17

Email milajohnsd18@gmail.com

Website http://www.start.umd.edu/people/mila-johns

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MilaJohnsforD18/community/

Emily Shetty

Emily Shetty

EmilyShetty.com;

District 19 (two open one Senate, one House – Sen. Roger Manno running for 6th Congressional District)

SENATE

Ben Kramer

Benjamin Kramer; running for Senate seat; serving third term as delegate

Email benfkramer@aol.com

Website http://www.benkramer.org/

HOUSE

Bonnie Cullison

Bonnie Cullison; serving second term, filed 8/11/2017

Website http://cullisonformaryland.com/

Marice Morales

Marice Morales; serving first term, filed 8/11/2017

Website http://www.maricemorales.com/

Brian Crider


Brian Crider, D; filed 04/19/2017
Email brian@delegatebrian.com

Website http://www.delegatebrian.com/about/


Justin Dayhoff, D; filed 03/10/2017
Email justindayhoff4delegate@gmail.com
Website http://www.justindayhoff.com


Jade Wiles, Jr., D; filed 2/28/2017
Email jade_wiles@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/jade.wiles.9

DISTRICT 20

SENATE

Will Smith

William Smith; appointed to the Senate December 2016 to fill seat vacated by Rep. Jamie Raskin, CD8; Served two years house as House delegate

Website https://willsmithformaryland.com/

HOUSE

Sheila Hixson

Sheila Hixson; serving in eleventh term; delegate since 1976; *possibly retiring

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Hixson-Steps-Down-as-House-Ways-and-Means-Committee-Chairman/

David Moon

David Moon; first term

Website http://davidmoon.us/

Jheanelle Wilkins

Jheanelle Wilkins; appointed in 2017 to fill Del. Smith’s vacated seat

Website https://jheanellewilkins.com/about/

Lorig Charkoudian


Lorig Charkoudian, D; filed 06/02/2017
Email lorigcharkoudian@gmail.com
Website http://www.lorigD20.com

Fatmata Barrie

Fatmata Barrie, D; filed 8/9/17

Email fbarrielaw@gmail.com

Website https://www.facebook.com/pg/fatmatabarrie4d20/about/?ref=page_internal

DISTRICT 39 (one open House seat – Del. Charles Barkley running for County Council At-Large)

SENATE

Nancy King

Nancy King; filed 5/25/2017; serving third term; served one term as House delegate

Email njk107@aol.com
Website http://www.FriendsofNancyKing.com

HOUSE

Kirill Reznik

Kirill Reznik; filed 5/25/17; serving in third term

Email delegate.reznik@gmail.com
Website http://www.Reznikformaryland.com

Shane Robinson

Shane Robinson; filed 5/25/17; serving second term

Email Shane@delegaterobinson.com
Website http://www.Delegaterobinson.com

Gabriel Acevero

Gabriel Acevero; filed 4/05/2017
Email gabriel.acevero@gmail.com
Website http://www.gabrielacevero.org

Bobby Bartlett

Bobby Bartlett; filed 6/26/2017
Email bobby@bobbybartlett.com
Website http://bobbybartlett.com/

Leslley Lopez

Lesley J. Lopez; filed 6/21/2017
Email lesleyjlopez@gmail.com
Website http://www.lopezformaryland.com

CONGRESS
Congress 3rd Congressional District

Rep. John Sarbanes

Rep. John Sarbanes

John Sarbanes

Website http://www.johnsarbanes.com/

Republicans

David J. Evans; filed 6/20/17

Email evansj736@gmail.com

Congress 6th Congressional District – (Open seat due to Rep. John Delaney running for President in 2020)

FUNDRAISING totals for all candidates.

Democrats

Andrew Duck

Andrew Duck; filed 6/7/17

Email Andrew.Duck@DuckForCongress.org
Website http://duckforcongress.org/

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