Overheard at Busboys and Poets in Takoma (aka “the beating heart of the radical Takoma Park syndicate”) this morning . . . confirming the two recent statements by Takoma Parkâ€™s own Vladimir I. Lenin, construction on the wall creating Marylandâ€™s new Ninth Congressional District will begin in the next several weeks. “CD9” is the weekâ€™s trending hip phrase now. Why? Because I said so,… Read more »
Folks in Takoma Park are debating the pros and cons of having a Starbucks in their midst. The conversation is as interesting and quirky as youâ€™d expect from the Peopleâ€™s Republic.
Takoma Park voters overwhelmingly approved an advisory ballot question directing the City Council to pursue aligning city elections with presidential and gubernatorial elections. Takoma Park has different voter lists than does the county board of elections due to different qualifications for voting. The vote in favor of the question was 1872-385.
Iâ€™ll be reporting the Gaithersburg election results live from City Hall, then heading to Rockville for post election reactions. Stay tuned and follow the live video on Periscope. Iâ€™ll also have links to results elsewhere. Expecting results somewhere around the top of the hour.
Comments from Kate Stewart and Jarrett Smith in a few minutes on Periscope. Beautiful day in Takoma Park.
Iâ€™m planning to do some reporting from the field today, happy not to be either a campaign operative or a candidate today. Weâ€™ll start with a report this morning from Takoma Park, where there are two contested races (mayor and city council ward 1), then hoof it over to Gaithersburg, where three candidates are running for mayor and four candidates… Read more »
The issue is whether to align Takoma Park elections with state and federal elections in even years, which would enhance turnout and participation. Terrill North says vote yes, and I concur. More people voting is always a good thing. Hereâ€™s Terrill. Terrill North is the Board Chair of Making a New United People (MANUP), a Takoma Park-based mentoring program serving… Read more »
District 5 County Councilmember Tom Hucker hosted a fundraiser for Takoma Park mayoral candidate Kate Stewart this afternoon at Republic Restaurant. Senator Jamie Raskin and outgoing Mayor Bruce Williams also spoke at the event, as did the candidate. There are no other candidates in the race right now, and events like this will do a lot to keep it that… Read more »
Takoma Park City Councilman Seth Grimes had planned to run for mayor. Today he announced that heâ€™s not running, nor is he running for reelection in Ward 1. His email to constituents in its entirety: I had earlier announced a run for mayor of Takoma Park. After weeks of reflection, even while developing a campaign, I have realized that serving as… Read more »
Got an email from fellow progressive activist Peter Kovar that he is running for the Ward 1 council seat in Takoma Park being vacated by Seth Grimes. Kovar worked for many years as an aide to Congressman Barney Frank, as well as for several Hill committees. We met during the 2006 Raskin campaign and have remained friends since then. He… Read more »