Riemer's success and other good news
While the primary defeat of D.C.'s sitting mayor is the main headline in nearly every news outlet this morning, another significant and very exciting challenger victory is Hans Riemer placing
third second in the Montgomery County Council at-large race.
The top four vote-getters win the nomination (and, inevitably, the seats themselves in November), meaning Riemer will be a county council member. Duchy Trachtenberg was edged out by Riemer and the other three incumbents.
Riemer's ascension to the council will make smart growth and sustainable transportation a more central issue in council debates. Where today, members seem largely to fall into either the camp of either or opposing or supporting both growth in the right place along with growth in the wrong place, or bad transportation projects along with good ones, Riemer's presence will push members to really discern which projects meet the county's broader goals.
It's too bad Royce Hanson won't be joining Riemer in Rockville, as Craig Rice decisively defeated him for the upcounty District 2 seat. Down in Purple Line Ground Zero around Bethesda and Chevy Chase, voters chose to keep the incumbents in the Council and state legislature rather than picking candidates for a consistent position for or against this or other controversial projects in the area.
[Continue reading David Alpert's post here at Greater Greater Washington.]
David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The
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| September 15, 2010; 9:33 AM ET
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