Category: County Council

Council introduces bill to ban smoking in outdoor serving areas

The county’s smoking ban would be expanded to include outdoor serving areas such as patios, decks or porches operated by restaurants under a bill introduced by the County Council this week. Councilmember Sidney Katz (D-District 3) is the lead sponsor of Bill 35-18, Health and Sanitation – Smoking- Outdoor Serving Areas, which is cosponsored by Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) and councilmembers Marc Elrich (D-At Large) and Craig Rice (D-District 2). Sitting as the county’s Board of Health, the council introduced a resolution with the same title and effect. A similar ban is already in place in the...

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Riley Wins Council Campaign Sign Challenge

Photo from She didn’t win a nomination as an at-large candidate in the Democratic County Council, but Michele Riley’s campaign sign is the winner of the Source’s council campaign sign challenge. All the candidates squared off in a tournament-style showdown, and Riley came out on top, besting the sign from Evan Glass’ campaign in yesterday’s final. Congratulations, Michele, and better luck in your next campaign. And thank you, all our readers who played along. Graphic courtesy Riley...

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Elrich Leading Blair, Riemer, Glass, Jawando, Albornoz Among Winners

Councilmember Hans Riemer interviewed during a post-election party at the Quarry House Tavern. Photo by Mike Diegel. Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large) holds a slight lead over businessman David Blair in the race for the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County Executive. As of shortly before 1 a.m., unofficial results from the State Board of Elections showed Elrich leading, 34,729-34,277 (29.2 percent-28.9 percent), with 251 of 255 precincts reporting. The SBE is not reporting the number of absentee or provisional ballots outstanding. The winner will face Republican Robin Ficker, who ran unopposed. In the race for Council Council at-large nominations,...

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Glass, Riley Face Off in Final Council Candidate Sign Challenge

Photo from We’re down to the final two contestants in the Source’s County Council at-large candidate campaign sign challenge. Evan Glass and Michele Riley have survived four rounds of voting and will face each other for championship. As a reminder, here’s what design consultant Eric Robbins had today about each candidate’s sign in his initial review: Evan Glass—Good name typography. Simple and direct with non-traditional color scheme. Michele Riley—Good font treatment with blue tints. A little more bold on the name—even just the last name—could help with recognition. Look of the final results tomorrow. Choose wisely, young grasshoppers....

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Primary election underway; 80,000 voters may need provisional ballots

Photo of signs surrounding the polling place at the Silver Spring Civic Building by Mike Diegel. The Maryland primary election is underway today as voters choose winners in races from governor, senator and U.S. representatives down to local party committee members. The polls will be open until 8 p.m. tonight, and anyone who is line to vote at 8 has the right to cast a ballot. Registered voters who are unsure where to vote can find their polling place here. Some voters may need to cast provisional ballots due to a computer error in the state’s Motor Vehicle Administration...

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