On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously elected Hans Riemer as president and Nancy Navarro as vice president of the Council. They will serve one-year terms as officers of the Council.
Council President Riemer, who is an at-large Councilmember, served as Council vice president for the past year. He is beginning his 8th year on the Council. He succeeds Councilmember Roger Berliner, who completed his one-year term as president today.
“What makes me proud to call Montgomery County home is that we see the changing needs of our community as an opportunity to create opportunity,” said Riemer. “This is going to be a year, hopefully, of heightened public participation in our Council affairs. Emotions in our community are charged as our residents reject the destructive politics in D.C. and look to our leadership to provide light in the storm.”
Riemer serves as the Council’s lead member for digital government on the Council's Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee and on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee. He has been a strong advocate for funding public education and public transportation, early childhood programs, libraries, recreation, human services, housing and economic development. He also chaired the Council’s Ad-hoc Committee on Liquor Control, which evaluated and recommended changes to alcohol distribution in the County.
As a dedicated environmentalist, Riemer has worked to strengthen the County’s rural, suburban and urban areas by placing walkability, public transportation and sustainability at the center of planning goals. For the past four years, he has hosted the “Great Montgomery Bicycle Summit” to bring together bicycle advocates, planners and residents to improve bicycle opportunities throughout the County.
In January 2017 Council President Riemer was named as one of two County officials to serve on the Federal Communications Commission Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, which provides guidance, expertise, and recommendation on a range of telecommunications issues. He also serves as Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Before serving on the County Council, Riemer served as national youth vote director for the Obama for America campaign in 2007, and previously as political director for Rock the Vote, where he helped register nearly a million voters. He also served as a senior advisor at AARP and, since his earliest work in Washington, has been a national leader on protecting Social Security from efforts to privatize the program.
Councilmember Navarro was unanimously elected to serve as the vice president of the Council for the second time during her tenure on the Council. She became the first Latina president of the County Council in 2012-2013 and also served as vice president in 2011-2012.
Vice President Navarro chairs the Council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee and serves on the Education Committee. She is committed to furthering progressive values and has worked to close the opportunity gap, increase the minimum wage, and promote and strengthen civic participation among Latinos and immigrants through her Latino Civic Project. In addition, she spearheaded the Right to Vote Task Force and made the fiscal decisions required to help the County maintain its AAA bond rating.
Navarro represents District 4, which follows Georgia Ave. from Wheaton to the Howard County border. The district also includes Aspen Hill, Ashton, Brookeville, Colesville (west of MD 650), Etchison, Glenmont, Olney, Kensington Heights, Layhill Village, Laytonsville, Randolph Hills, Sandy Spring and Sunshine.
In 2014, Navarro was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. In 2011, President Obama appointed her to the President's Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics where she served on the Early Childhood Education Committee
Navarro was elected in May 2009 during a special election and was re-elected in the general election of November 2010. Prior to her public service on the Council, Councilmember Navarro was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, where she was twice elected president (2006 and 2008). She was appointed to the Board of Education in October 2004 to fill the term of the vacant District 5 seat. In November 2006, she was elected to a full four-year term.