District 16 delegate race already has eight candidates for three seats
A successful example of his saving taxpayer money was the 10 percent reduction of Leggett’s energy tax that Andrews helped pass.
Max Zweig of the Bradley Boulevard Citizens Association then introduced each of the District 16 candidates, all of whom are running for one of three delegate seats. District 16 encompasses Bethesda, Cabin John, Glen Echo and parts of Chevy Chase, Potomac and Rockville.
Each had three minutes to introduce themselves and briefly describe why they deserved to win.
Marc Korman, a Bethesda lawyer, emphasized his experience with the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, for which he serves as chairman, and said that one of his top issues would be transportation.
“Metro’s not working very well,” Korman said. “It’s getting a reputation as high cost and unreliable.”
Rachel Gumpert, who represented Hrant Jamgochian of Bethesda, who was away on business, said her candidate was “very passionate about health care and early education for kids.” She also said Jamgochian, an attorney and health care advocate, was a strong supporter of bus rapid transit, a controversial proposal the county has examined that would dedicate certain lanes as bus only.
Kevin Walling of Bethesda, who helped lobby in Annapolis to legalize gay marriage in Maryland, said voters are “looking for the next generation of progressive leadership.” He said he would go to bat for students and teachers if sent to Annapolis.
Meyer Marks, the only Republican, had earlier flirted with running for governor. The Bethesda resident said he would help the state get its fiscal house in order.
“Every year we’re running a budget deficit,” said Marks, who is a health care policy consultant. “This tax and spending has to stop.”
Gareth Murray, who served in the House of Delegates in 2002, told the audience that the schools needed more state funding. The Potomac resident went on to speak about a “shift in the paradigm that we use for education,” and advocated K-12, higher education and the business community working together.
Karen Kuker-Kihl, a retired teacher, said children would always come first if she was elected. After years of being a civic activist, the Bethesda resident said, she knows a lot of the players and how to get things done.
“I’m good at working behind the scenes,” she said.
The only incumbent, Delegate Ariana Kelly, who serves on the House Health and Government Operations Committee, spoke about a need for more resources to help the mentally ill.
“We still have an inadequate mental health system,” said the Bethesda resident, who called herself a “good Democrat.”
The last candidate of the night to speak was Jordan Cooper, who said his top priority would be to help drive down the cost of health care.
“Every single month we have individuals facing rising health care costs,” said Cooper, who told the audience his father was a physician and mother a nurse. “The cost of health care in this country is unaffordable and unsustainable.”
In addition to Kelly, District 16 is now represented by Dels. C. William Frick and Susan C. Lee, and Sen. Brian E. Frosh. All three are Democrats.
With Frosh and Frick fighting it out for attorney general, one delegate seat will open up. And because Lee is going for Frosh’s Senate seat, so will a second. All three seats are up for grabs.
The primary will be June 24, 2014, and the general election Nov. 4, 2014.
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