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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 09/15/2010

Trachtenberg concedes defeat in MoCo

By Washington Post Editors

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.”

-- Michael Laris

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

So Mr. Reimer, will your "strong progressive values" trump doing what is best for the entire county? You were elected to represent the ENTIRE county, not just labor unions or progressive special interests. BTW what is your plan to handle the massive budget deficits facing the county? Cut programs, services, employees, or raise taxes and fees?

Posted by: VikingRider | September 15, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody tell VikingRider that this was just a primary and no one was "elected."

Posted by: dharazdu | September 15, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the new "progressive" supports archaic institutions like public employee unions, which are the biggest special interest in the way of real progress. I don't live in MoCo, but people like Ms. Trachtenberg should be saluted for attempting reform in the face of these special interests.

Posted by: thebossman | September 15, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Hans Reimer has never had to make the tough decisions that Duchy Tractenberg had to in her term in office. She actually weighed the needs of unions against the needs of the most vulnerable in the county and for this she lost the election. Which is why I count her as a true progressive. Hans Reimer is however good at winning elections for himself or others, let's see how he does when faced the the real challenges of tough choices.

Posted by: pwd1 | September 16, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Duchy Tractenberg lost the election because she chose to make the kinds of fiscal choices that Hans Reimer has never had to consider. She actually weighed the needs of unions against the needs of the most vulnerable in the county and for this she was skewered. This is why I count her as a true progressive. Hans Reimer is however good at winning elections for himself or others, let's see how he does when faced the the real challenges of tough choices.

Posted by: pwd1 | September 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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