Category: County News

Blair Requests Partial Recount of Democratic Primary Ballots

Photo from barbarajpeters.com David Blair has requested a partial recount of ballots in the Democratic primary race for county executive, according to a report in The Washington Post. Blair, the Potomac businessman who largely self-financed his campaign, lost the election by 79 votes to Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large). The county’s Board of Elections certified the results on Monday. Blair is asking for a recount of both rounds of absentee ballots, provisional ballots, all ballots cast at an early-voting center in Potomac, and those in precinct 02-06, located at Hallie Wells Middle School in Clarksburg, the Post reported. BOE...

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Park Valley Road to Close Tomorrow for Bridge Replacement

Screenshot of the project map from the county’s Division of Trasnportation Engineering project page. Park Valley Road is scheduled to close Friday, July 20 in order to begin construction to replace the bridge over Sligo Creek and provide improvements to Sligo Creek Hiker/Biker Trail nearby, a representative of the county’s Department of Transportation confirmed. The project, budgeted at $3.95 million, will replace a bridge originally built in 1931 with a wider bridge and sidewalk. The trail will be realigned and include a new 12-foot wide pedestrian bridge over Sligo Creek, plus a new trail to connect the bridge with...

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Elrich Certified as Primary Winner; Floreen Plans Independent Run

Photo from barbarajpeters.com The Montgomery County Board of Elections has certified the results of the Democratic primary for county executive, won by Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large). Elrich beat businessman and political novice David Blair by 79 votes, 37,529-37,450, in the six-person race. “I want to thank the Democratic voters of Montgomery County for selecting me to be the Democratic nominee for County Executive, as certified today by the County’s Board of Elections. It’s on to November 6!,” wrote Elrich in a tweet responding to the news. Under the law, Blair has three days to request a recount. Assuming...

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County Will Again Offer Grants for Neighborhood Events

Block parties are just one type of neighborhood activity that could be funded with assistance from the grant program. Image from Pixabay Montgomery County will again offer matching grants of up to $1,000 to help fund neighborhood events, according to an announcement from Silver Spring Regional Services Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez. Neighborhood organizations, block groups, tenant groups, civic groups and similar organizations are eligible to apply to help fund events and activities that “promote community engagement, encourage capacity building, networking and stimulate the local economy,” according to the message. Some of the grant winners from last year included: The...

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Elrich Holds Slim Lead in County Executive Primary

Photo from barbarajpeters.com Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large) has an 80-vote lead over businessman David Blair in the primary race for the Democratic nomination for county executive, according to unofficial results posted by the Montgomery County Board of elections. Following the tally of absentee and provisional ballots, which was finished yesterday, Elrich received 37,529 votes (29.02 percent) and Blair 37,449 (28.95 percent) out of the 129,337 votes cast in the county executive race. In a tweet, Elrich wrote, “It is an honor to have been chosen by Montgomery County’s Democrats to represent the party in the general election. Thank...

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