Navarro elected Montgomery County council president for 2019 term

Montgomery County council member Nancy Navarro was unanimously elected as the council’s president Tuesday morning for the upcoming term. This will be Navarro’s second time serving as council president, having previously served in the role from December 2012 to December 2013. In prepared remarks, Navarro, whose district includes Wheaton, Olney and Laytonsville, said her priorities for the council include helping to close the achievement gap in Montgomery County Public Schools, caring for the county’s aging population, making the county more business-friendly and promoting more civic engagement among diverse communities. (Bethesda)

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New council leaders elected in Prince George’s, pledging to work with Alsobrooks

The Prince George's County Council elected new leaders Tuesday who emphasized the need to work with County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks on a broad set of policy goals, including improving the county's schools, health-care system and transit options. Council member Todd M. Turner (D-District 4), who was unanimously elected chair, said he will focus on compromise in his new role, both with other members and with Alsobrooks's administration. (Wash. Post)

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State may consider complaints against Delegate-elect Dan Cox

Electioneering complaints filed against Frederick County Delegate-elect Dan Cox (R-District 4) have been sent to the Office of the State Prosecutor. Cox was seen taking photos and recording a video during early voting within the 100-foot electioneering exclusion zone at the Thurmont Regional Library on Oct. 25. Two people filed complaints with the State Board of Elections for his actions. Cox was elected to represent District 4, which includes parts of Frederick and Carroll counties. (News-Post)

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Here are the issues Mary Beth Carozza will tackle during 1st State Senate term

Republican Senator-elect Mary Beth Carozza will oversee several issues she campaigned on during her first term in the Maryland State Senate. As the new representative of District 38, Carozza will serve on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, one of six standing committees in the State Senate, according to a press release from her campaign. Carozza's district encompasses Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. (Dispatch)

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Carroll seats its 61st Board of County Commissioners

Carroll’s 61st Board of County Commissioners was seated in front of a crowd of about 70 in the Carroll County government building’s Reagan Room, leaving only standing room on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The board is made of commissioners representing each of Carroll’s five districts: Stephen Wantz, R-District 1; Richard Weaver, R-District 2; Dennis Frazier, R-District 3; Eric Bouchat, R-District 4; and Ed Rothstein, R-District 5. Wantz, Weaver and Frazier are returning for second terms and Bouchat at Rothstein are joining the board for their first terms — but all of them extended their gratitude to county staff, the county’s first responders and emergency services, and their wives and families. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Keegan-Ayer, Blue selected to Frederick County Council leadership roles

A re-elected Frederick County councilwoman and local government newcomer were unanimously chosen to lead the County Council at the first meeting of the new term Tuesday night. M.C. Keegan-Ayer (D) and Michael Blue (R) were nominated and elected president and vice president, respectively. "I've watched council member Keegan-Ayer over the past four years," newcomer Councilman Steve McKay (R) said. "I think she brings a very professional demeanor to her position. She's open-minded, she does her homework, and I think she'll run a very effective meeting." (News-Post)

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Washington County commissioners dig in, look ahead to new era

The common message Tuesday among the newly sworn-in Washington County Board of Commissioners was one of cooperation and unity. The five commissioners were sworn in Tuesday morning, then held their first meeting that afternoon. They selected Jeff Cline as their president and Terry Baker as their vice president. “I look at it as an opportunity for this new board of commissioners, with new members, to move forward with more vigor and energy and bring diversity of thought. and I can help guide that, and shepherd, and be part of that success as a team,” Cline said after the afternoon meeting. (Herald-Mail)

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December 4 // Democrats assume control of leadership in Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties

A political power shift in the Baltimore region was made official Monday as Democratic county executives were sworn into office in the three suburban counties surrounding the city. Steuart Pittman and Calvin Ball took the helm from Republican executives in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, while Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. continued a 25-year streak of Democratic leadership in the largest of the three suburban counties. All three were sworn in Monday, as was Barry Glassman, the Republican county executive in Harford County, who handily won a second term in last month’s general election. (Balt. Sun)

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