Marilyn Balcombe is well known around the Germantown community; she is the president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, as well as one the secretary/treasurer of the newly reformed Germantown Alliance. However, she wants to do more for her community and has decided to run for a spot on the Montgomery County Council in 2018.
“Yes, I am running for County Council in 2018,” said Balcombe. “At this point, it will be At-Large. We have been fortunate to have strong leadership in District 2, and I want to make sure that continues. If Craig Rice decides not to run for the District seat, I would seriously consider District 2. Although, it would be great for the UpCounty to have more representation on the Council.”
Balcombe is a Germantown resident and plans to run as Democrat. “We are going to lose a lot of knowledge and experience in the next election with four Councilmembers and the County Executive leaving,” said Balcombe. “We need strong candidates who understand the issues to help guide the transition.”
Balcombe joins a growing group of candidates for spots on the County Council, including Republicans Ed Amatetti, Tom Ferleman and Kyle Sefcik who have all announced their intention to run for the District 2 seat, which is currently held by Democrat Craig Rice, who has not yet announced his intentions for the 2018 election. However, Rice can still run for re-election to his District 2 seat. However, there is speculation that Rice may run for County Executive.
Indeed, there are many possible candidates for the County Executive spot. Including former Democratic candidate for Congress, David Trone. 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.
Balcombe has been a resident of Montgomery County for 23-years and president of the GGCC for 12 years. As for issues, Balcombe said that schools, transportation, public safety, a strong economy, taking care of our vulnerable populations will be important to her.
“The critical issue is that we have unlimited needs and limited resources,” said Balcombe. “It is difficult to identify the right balance between raising revenue and lowering expenses. With our growing population and growing needs, the task is near impossible.”
The primary elections are still far off in the distance and would be held June 5, 2018, with the general gubernatorial election, held on Nov. 6, 2018.