Category: Profiles

County Council At-Large Candidate: Richard Gottfried

Photo of the candidate courtesy Richard Gottfried Why are you running for County Council? I am running for Montgomery County Council because our county, our community, is at a crossroads. Out-of-control spending, budget gimmicks and no consideration for the future has left our county’s finances in a very bad place. As a property taxpayer, and having represented property taxpayers for the last four years as Ppresident of the Twinbrook Citizens Association, I am tired of paying for county government’s poor decision-making. It’s long past time for financial oversight, and as the only CPA running in the race this year,...

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Cherri Branson

Photo of the candidate courtesy Cherri Branson Why are you running for County Council? I’m running because I want to provide the steady and effective representation this county will need to navigate through the upcoming sea change in leadership with four members of the County Council and the county executive leaving office. In the midst of this change, the residents of this county need elected leadership that is experienced, committed to public service and ready to lead. I am running because I have the experience and the commitment to address the issues of budgetary and social policy issues that...

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Hans Riemer

Photo of the candidate courtesy Hans Riemer Why are you running for County Council? I am running for re-election to advance our progressive, Montgomery community values: To reduce Montgomery County public schools’ class size, to strengthen pre-k and afterschool programs for low-income children To move towards a smart growth future, protecting our environment while helping to ensure our county is more affordable and attractive to newcomers and empty nesters To stand up for our immigrant communities, and To provide superb representation for our community on all of these great challenges. What are your qualifications for the position? Today I...

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Danielle Meitiv

Photo of the candidate courtesy Danielle Meitiv Why are you running for County Council? Three years ago, my children were detained by the police for walking home without an adult. My husband and I were harassed and charged with child neglect. I fought back because no one should feel powerless when dealing with our local government and no innocent family should suffer the way we were made to. I needed leaders who would listen and care about what was happening, but no one did. I am going to be the change I needed then. I will listen and I...

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Brandy Brooks

Photo of the candidate courtesy Brandy Brooks Why are you running for County Council? I’m an organizer, educator and designer living in a multi-racial, multi-generational household in Wheaton. I’m running so that people and families all over Montgomery County have access to affordable housing, good public transit to help us get around the county, good education, and a thriving economy that lets us support ourselves. And I’m running because I believe that we should have the power to shape the policies and systems that affect our lives. Democracy must include all of us. My campaign is actively combating the...

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