Germantown/Clarksburg area Councilmember Craig Rice (D- District 2) has announced via a video that he will seek reelection to the District 2 seat he currently holds in the 2018 election.
It was widely speculated that Rice would seek the County Executive spot in the upcoming election. “This upcoming election year, with three of my At-Large colleagues leaving the Council, it presents a great opportunity for the UpCounty’s voice to be magnified. The ability to have a person like myself with experience and passion at the District level, coupled with others in At-Large seats would do so much for the place I call home.”
“It is important to note, that the Council will have institutional knowledge preserved with members who can help guide the new members. I know it is a disappointment for some, but I have decided to launch my re-election campaign, and I hope you will be there with me. Over the coming months, we will launch a new website and talk a lot about new issues that I’d like to address over the next four years, from 2018 to 2022.”
His decision now sets a number of political machinations in motion for other UpCounty residents who have either already announced that they are running for a seat on the County Council or are planning to do so.
Rice’s fellow Democrat, Marilyn Balcombe, who announced plans to run for a Council seat in February, but said she didn’t want to challenge Rice if he sought reelection, will instead now run for one of three At-Large seats which will be unoccupied. 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.
On the Republican side, three candidates have announced plans to run for the District 2 seat, including Republicans Ed Amatetti, Tom Ferleman and Kyle Sefcik.
Rice will seek a third term as the representative of the UpCounty on the Council. He was first elected to the seat in 2010 and was reelected again in 2014. He served as Council President for a year in 2014 and was named to the 2016 State Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.
He chairs the Council’s Education Committee and also serves on its Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, he serves as the Council’s representative to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) in Annapolis and chairs MACo's Education Sub-Committee. From 2015 to 2017, he chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee and continues to serve on the committee.
Rice also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2006 to 2010 where he was on the Ways and Means Committee, a member of both its Education and Revenues subcommittees. He also served on Montgomery Delegation's Land Use and Transportation Committee. Rice and his wife and three daughters live in Germantown. He has been a resident of Montgomery County for his whole life.
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.
District 2 encompasses most of the Up-County region, including Germantown, Damascus, Barnesville, Boyds, and Clarksburg. It also runs east to include Montgomery Village and Goshen, and south to parts of Darnestown and North Potomac.
Video courtesy Craig Rice. Photos by Germantown Pulse.