Category: County Executive

Elrich Transition Underway, Focus is on Outcomes, Personnel

The transition to County Executive-elect Marc Elrich’s administration is well underway, as his team focuses on seven broad “priority outcomes” and potential candidates for government positions. While Elrich has announced that Andrew Kleine, his transition team chair, will serve as chief administrative officer, other positions are still in flux—except for one area. “I feel pretty good about the people that we have at the regional services level,” Elrich said. “They’re staying,” including Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez. In the meantime, Elrich said, “I hope to have a group of people to present to the council for interviews on...

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New County Executive, At-Large Council Members Elected

Montgomery County elected a new county executive for the first time since 2006, and will send three new at-large members to Rockville to serve on the County Council. Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large), after surviving a close primary race against businessman David Blair, earned 225,900 votes (64.3 percent) in unofficial results as of 11:42 p.m. last night. Elrich soundly defeated Councilmember Nancy Floreen (D-At Large), who received 67,402 votes (19.1 percent) running as an independent. Both candidates were term limited and must leave the council at the end of their terms. Perennial candidate Robin Ficker (R) finished last with...

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County Setting Up “Citizenship Corners” to Help Immigrants Become Citizens

Montgomery County is setting up “Countywide Citizenship Corners” in libraries and other area locations to encourage eligible immigrants to become naturalized citizens. “The purpose of the Citizenship Corners is to get out information to our residents who are interested in becoming citizens,” said Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu, who leads the county’s citizenship initiative, along with the legal immigration service providers network. “When legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens, our county thrives,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett in a press release. “We urge our residents to start the naturalization process and to only seek advice and citizenship application assistance from reputable...

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County, church officials cut ribbon on new affordable housing

County Executive Isiah Leggett joined leaders of the Mount Jezreel Baptist Church and others Saturday to cut the ribbon on a new affordable housing project for residents 62 and older. The Sanctuary is a $20 million, three-story apartment building located at 426 University Blvd. E, behind the existing church and Mount Jezreel Christian School in Silver Spring. Officials and housing advocates in recent years have suggested that partnerships with area churches to build on their land could be a way to help meet the county’s need for more affordable housing particularly for senior citizens. “Promoting affordable housing in inclusive...

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County Seeks Applicants for Silver Spring Advisory Groups

Photo of Silver Spring Civic Building from Montgomery County County Executive Ike Leggett is looking for applicants to fill positions on three Silver Spring-area advisory committees. Leggett is looking to fill five vacancies on the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, nine positions on the Transportation District Management Advisory Committee, and four openings on the Urban District Advisory Committee. “The SSCAB advises the Silver Spring Regional Area Director on needs and priorities such as economic development, transportation, housing, education, human services, and redevelopment,” according to the announcement distributed yesterday. The group also acts as liaison between local communities and the county government. It...

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