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District 2 County Council Seat Race Ramps Up as Tom Ferleman Announces Candidacy

Friday night in Gaithersburg, as the Montgomery County Republican organization prepped for its annual convention at the Hilton Hotel, Tom Ferleman officially announced his candidacy for the District 2 – Germantown area council seat currently held by Democrat Craig Rice.

“After years of encouragement from friends and family, and much contemplation and preparation, today I announce my candidacy for Montgomery Council in District 2,” Ferleman told supporters gathered in a top floor suite at the Hilton while broadcasting his announcement over FaceBook Live.

Ferleman is a strategy and innovation consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and has served on the UpCounty Citizens Advisory Board and worked on Governor Larry Hogan’s successful campaign for the statehouse. “For a decade or so, I have grown increasingly concerned about our community,” said Ferleman in his announcement. “Every morning hundreds of thousands of people crawl down 270 to jobs in Virginia and D.C. Those jobs aren’t here anymore. A commute the should take 30 mins, now can take well over two hours. And how does the County Council respond? What do they do when thousands of jobs are lost in Germantown, Montgomery Village, Clarksburg, Damascus, Barnesville, Boyds and even Gaithersburg? They respond by raising property taxes to 8.7 percent, and if that isn’t enough, they increase the tax to buy and sell a home.”

“The last thing you want to do when people are struggling to make ends meet is take more money away from them. When I was growing up in Montgomery County we were considered one of the wealthiest counties in the whole country, our transportation infrastructure was second to none, and our schools were always ranked number one. We were the envy of the nation. Today, not so much.”

Ferleman grew up in Gaithersburg, and graduated from Seneca Valley High School, “If you will elect me to represent you on the County Council from District 2, I will personally bring jobs home to Montgomery County. I will fight to roll back the year-after-year tax increases, and I will work tirelessly to reduce congestion. And I will fund a robust education pipeline that insures that when our youth graduate local high schools or colleges that there are jobs for them locally.”

The 2018 election primaries are still more than seventeen months away, but there are already three candidates, not including the incumbent. Craig Rice has not yet stated publically if he will seek reelection to his District 2 seat or run for the County Executive’s seat being vacated by Ike Leggett.

Indeed, there are many possible candidates for the County Executive spot. Including former Democratic candidate for Congress, David Trone. It has been reported by Bethesda Beat, that the co-owner of Total Wine & More is exploring a run at the top spot in Montgomery County. There are also three current members of the County Council — Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich and George Leventhal — who cannot seek reelection to their seats due to the passage of the Term-Limits Referendum. All three are being considered candidates for the County Executive job.

At the District 2 level, Ferleman joins fellow Gaithersburg resident Kyle Sefcik, who announced his intention to run for the District 2 seat on January 7.