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Councilmember Rice Mourns the Loss of Chief of Staff

Dr. Steven Goldstein, Ph.D., who served as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Craig Rice died in his home on Monday. He had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS.

Goldstein had worked with the councilmember since Rice’s election to the House of Delegates in 2006. He served as Rice’s chief of staff during his first eight years on the council.

Many residents will remember Goldstein as ever-present at the Councilmember’s events, quietly working behind the scenes to make sure things were progressing smoothly.

“For 16 years...he's been there,” said Rice in a FaceBook post. “Right over my shoulder to guide me in the right direction. No one could EVER ask for a better Chief of Staff. He would always support my ideas, no matter how crazy, although he would throw in a little ‘are you sure?’ along with it.”

“Mr. Goldstein, sir, I thank you for your service to me in my role as a State Delegate and as Councilmember,” continued Rice. “You have been invaluable to me and to my family. I couldn't have accomplished all of this without you. Now it is time for you to rest my friend. This disease known as ALS has certainly taken its toll on your body and I know you are now at peace.”

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro released the following statement on behalf of the Council on the passing of Goldstein, “It is with deep sadness that I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Steve Goldstein… Steve was a treasured member of our Council team, as he ably led the office of Councilmember Craig Rice for the past eight years. He was a terrific Council colleague, who faithfully fulfilled his duties as he fought his battle with ALS. We were all impressed by his positive attitude and the dignity with which he chose to live his life. Each of us have been touched by Steve’s kindness, and he will be terribly missed.”

Rice also thanked Goldstein’s wife Mary and sons Adam and Jared for sharing Steven Goldstein with him for almost 20 years. “There were many days, late nights and weekends that I know (Steve) could have spent with them,” said Rice. He added that Goldstein’s dedication was “unmatched and appreciated.”

Photo via Craig Rice’s Twitter account @RicePolitics

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