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Rice to Face Amatetti in District 2 Council Race in November

Incumbent Councilmember Craig Rice easily won the Democratic nomination to seek a third and final term as the Council representative from District 2 in Tuesday’s primary election.

In November, Rice will face Republican challenger Ed Amatetti who defeated two other Republican hopefuls on Tuesday.

Rice, a Germantown resident, earned 73.5 percent of the votes for a total of 10,777 votes, in defeating challenger Tiquia J. Bennett who earned 3,881 votes or 26.5 percent. Rice is seeking his third term. He was first elected to the County Council in November 2010, becoming the youngest African American ever to serve on the nine-member Council. In December 2013, his colleagues elected him to a one-year term as president of the Council. In November 2014, he was re-elected to a second four-year term on the Council.

Rice chairs the Council’s Education Committee and also serves on its Health and Human Services Committee. In September 2016, he was named to the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (also known as The Kirwan Commission). He is currently leading the sub-committee for the Pre-Kindergarten program report due in the fall of 2018.

Amatetti is a former teacher and business consultant. The Gaithersburg resident ran for a Board of Education seat in 2014, where he garnered 17,426 votes in the 2014 primary election but fell short of the two top vote-getters Shebra Evans and the ultimate winner of that election, Jill Ortman-Fouse.

Amatetti garnered 1,639 or 52.4 percent of the Republican votes. His opponents, Tom Ferleman, a strategy consultant from Germantown and Kyle Sefcik, a business owner and fitness professional from Damascus. Ferleman garnered 797 votes, and Sefcik earned 545 votes in Tuesday’s Republican Primary.