Marc Elrich Is Certified As Democratic Nominee for County Executive


Wednesday, July 25, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Marc Elrich Is Certified As Democratic Nominee for County Executive

SILVER SPRING, Md._

Following a recount that confirmed Democrat Marc Elrich’s victory in the Democratic primary for Montgomery County Executive, the Montgomery County Elections Board re-certified the results Wednesday morning.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be the Democratic nominee for County Executive,”Marc Elrich said. “I am grateful to the many who supported my campaign in so many different ways, including voting for me! I want to thank my primary opponents for engaging in many thoughtful conversations about how to make Montgomery County better. I also want to thank the Board of Elections and their staff who have spent long hours to ensure that this election was fair.”

“I am excited as we move into the general election and I look forward to continuing to address the best ways to help everyone in our County. I also look forward to working with the Democratic leadership and organizations to secure victory for our Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in November.”

Democratic leaders and elected officials are uniting behind Marc Elrich’s proven, progressive leadership. Both Maryland US Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressman Jamie Raskin and the chair of the state Democratic Party, Kathleen Matthews have expressed their congratulations.

“I’m proud to be on the ballot this November with Marc. We need progressive Democrats up and down the ticket who will strengthen Team Maryland and our coordinated federal-state-local efforts to expand opportunities for all Marylanders. Marc is dedicated to the success of Montgomery County and I look forward to working closely with him to keep the county moving in the right direction.” U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

"Congratulations to Marc Elrich on being certified as the Democratic nominee for County Executive! I look forward to his being part of the Democratic team for the general election in November. I have greatly appreciated his leadership, hard work, and dedication on the Montgomery County Council for these last 12 years, and for his years of public service before that on the Takoma Park City Council and in the community. Marc and I have a long history of working together to make this County a better place for all our residents, and I am excited as we prepare for many more productive endeavors together." Senator Chris Van Hollen

“In 2018, we have to stand strong and stand tall for Democratic values, and I am going to do that every day and every night until Tuesday, November 6, and then I will wake up and start over again when the election is over. I am very happy to be able to vote and campaign for Marc Elrich, the Democratic nominee for County Executive who emerged from an excellent field in a hard-fought and razor-close campaign. Marc has been a steadfast lifelong champion of progressive values and priorities, from environmental protection to tenants’ rights to a living wage for all our workers, and I know that he will work closely with the County Council to promote excellent public services, fairness and prosperity in our County. I can’t wait to get back out on the campaign trail with him." U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin

“After a very competitive race for Montgomery County Executive, Democrats are energized and united around our nominee, Marc Elrich. Marc’s experience on the County Council will make him a savvy and passionate advocate for the people of Maryland's most populous county, as we work together to create economic opportunity for all Montgomery County residents.” Kathleen Matthews, Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party

Below are additional quotes and support previously offered from multiple Democratic organizations and leaders in Montgomery County.

"Congratulations to Marc Elrich for being certified as the Democratic nominee for County Executive! Both of us are committed to raising the minimum wage to $15, expanding affordable housing, and investing in public transportation. Democrats across Maryland are speaking clearly that they want bold, courageous leadership committed to getting our state back to doing big things. Marc and I are committed to making sure that government is accountable and responsive to the needs of working people and I look forward to working with him." Ben Jealous, Democratic nominee for Governor

“I join Ben Jealous in congratulating Marc and look forward to running on our Democratic ticket with Marc Elrich as the Democratic nominee for County Executive! I have known and worked alongside Marc for decades and am confident that he will be looking out for the best interests of the residents of Montgomery County. That has always been his goal and his record is clear. I look forward for our team to campaigning together, to celebrating our victories, and to working together to build a vibrant Montgomery County and State of Maryland.” Susie Turnbull, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Former Chair of the Maryland and Montgomery County Democratic Party and former Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee

“Congratulations to Marc Elrich on being certified as the Democratic nominee for County Executive! It was a hard fought primary and the Montgomery County Central Democratic Committee is proud to have Marc on the Democratic ballot in November. We appreciate his long record of leadership and commitment to the residents of Montgomery County, and we look forward to working with him to secure wins for all our Democratic nominees in November and to working together to improve Montgomery County.” Dave Kunes, Chair, Montgomery County Central Democratic Committee

“The Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County helps elect Democrats; that is the first and most important part of our mission. Now that Marc Elrich has been certified as the Democratic nominee for County Executive, we are pleased to stand behind his candidacy and look forward to supporting his campaign. Congratulations, Marc!” Fran Rothstein, President, Woman’s Democratic Club

“Congratulations to Marc Elrich for being certified as the Democratic nominee for County Executive! We look forward to supporting Marc as he runs in the general election. We know that Marc will continue to be a leader for social and economic justice and we look forward to his being the next County Executive.” Julian Haffner, VP, Association of Black Democrats

“Congratulations to Marc Elrich for being certified as the Democratic nominee for County Executive! The Montgomery County Green Democrats were proud to endorse him in the primary for his deep commitment to environmental protection and his understanding of the urgency of the environmental threats we face. Our endorsement process used ranked- choice voting and 80% of our members voted. We look forward to supporting his bid to win in November and in his environmental leadership as County Executive.” Sheldon Fishman, President, Montgomery County Green Democrats

“Our county is growing, there is no doubting that. What I want is someone who will think of how this growth can benefit everyone and not hurt those already on the margins. I want someone who supports our county’s diversity and multi-cultural backgrounds in our schools and communities by thinking of them when lawmaking. Marc is that someone. Let’s move forward in getting Marc and the rest of our nominees through November.” Michelle Ngwafon, President, Montgomery County Young Democrats

The following elected leaders have also expressed their support for Marc Elrich as the Democratic nominee for County Executive:

Gabe Acevero, Democratic nominee for Delegate, District 39 Roger Berliner, Councilmember, District 1 David Blair, former candidate for County Executive Anthony Brown, U.S. Representative,, 4th District Al Carr, Delegate, District 18 Lorig Charkoudian, Democratic nominee for Delegate, District 20 Harold N. Diamond, Montgomery County Central Committee, District 19 Kathleen Dumais, Delegate, District 15 Mary Flynn, Former Mayor, Chevy Chase Ana Sol Gutierrez, Delegate, District 18 Tom Hucker, Councilmember, District 5 Sidney Katz, Councilmember, District 3 Nancy King, Senator, District 39 Marc Korman, Delegate, District 16 Peter Kovar, Council Member, City of Takoma Park Ike Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County George Leventhal, Councilmember (At-large) Eric Luedtke, Delegate, District 14 Rich Madeleno, Senator, District 18 Roger Manno, Senator, District 19 David Moon, Delegate, 20 Nancy Navarro, Councilmember, District 4 Pam Queen, Delegate, District 14 Hans Riemer, Councilmember At-large Joel Rubin, Council Member, Town of Chevy Chase Shane Robinson, Delegate, District 39 Laurie-Anne Sayles, Council Member, City of Gaithersburg Emily Shetty, Democratic nominee for delegate District 18 Will Smith, Senator, District 20 Jared Solomon, Democratic nominee for Delegate, District 18 Kate Stewart, Mayor, Takoma Park Vaughn Stewart, Democratic nominee for Delegate, District 19 Kathy Strom, former Mayor, Town of Chevy Chase Jheanelle Wilkins, Delegate, District 20 Mier Wolf, former Mayor, Town of Chevy Chase Craig Zucker, Senator, District 14

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Marc Elrich, the Democratic nominee for County Executive, has been an at-large Montgomery County Councilmember since 2006. He chairs the Public Safety Committee, serves on the Education Committee, and is the County Council’s representative to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board. Prior to his election to the County Council, he served on the Takoma Park City Council for 19 years and taught at Rolling Terrace Elementary School for 17 years. For more information, see www.marcelrich.org.

Media Contact: Debbie Spielberg Debbie@marcelrich.org 202-329-5038

By Authority: Marc Elrich for County Executive, Dale Tibbitts, Treasurer, 9511 St. Andrews Way, Silver Spring, MD 20901

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