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Trachtenberg concedes defeat to Riemer in Montgomery

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Montgomery County council member Duchy Trachtenberg conceded defeat Wednesday, saying she paid a price for standing up against "special interests."

"I do not regret sounding the alarm about the growing imbalance between the compensation and benefits paid to county employees and the need to fund services for the county's most vulnerable populations," she said in a statement. "Montgomery County cannot keep asking its residents to pay higher and higher taxes just to pay for higher government salaries while services decline."

She was elected four years ago with the support of unions representing firefighters and other public employees, but later angered them by seeking to scale back cost-of-living increases. Public employees then put her on a "Wanted" poster. This year, some picketed her while she campaigned.

"It's a resounding win," said challenger Hans Riemer. "I think I made a case to the voters that I'm someone that they can count on in very difficult times to make decisions that are guided by strong progressive values."

By Michael Laris  |  September 15, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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S Mr. Riemer, you are on the Moco council, what will you do? The county is still projected to face massive deficits for the next few years, how will you handle them? Will your "progressive values" trump doing what's right for the entire county? You will tell your labor union friends that, in order to give you all fat raises, we will have to furlough or cut employees in libraries, parks, and other county agencies? I think you will find that managing a political campaign is one thing, managing a county of one million people with huge budget deficits, is quite another.

Posted by: VikingRider | September 15, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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