I've become much more interested in local politics since I've moved to Wheaton because I've been able to see firsthand the impact that the local government has on our changing neighborhood. Are you happy about the incentives Costco is getting to open a store here? Want to see more development encouraged around the metro? Or maybe you like Wheaton the way it is and don't want your tax dollars going to change things. Whatever your opinion about Wheaton's much discussed redevelopment, as long as you have an opinion, you should care about who is elected into our local county government.
Since our area leans heavily toward Democratic candidates, the primary elections here are just as important as the general elections on November 4th. I found that the info out there about the primaries can be a little jumbled, so here's the information that all of you Wheatonites out there should care about, along with links where I think they're helpful:
Date of primary: Tuesday, September 14th, 7am-8pm
Early voting information: Click here.
Absentee ballott information: Click here. (PDF)
Polling location for Wheaton: Use this link to find it based on your address.
County positions that you should care about, and who's running (this link lists all county candidates):
County Executive: Ike Leggett is running unopposed for the Democrats. Douglas Rosenfeld and Daniel Vovak are the two Republican candidates.
District 5 Council Member: Valerie Ervin is running unopposed for the Democrats. Joseph Russek is running unopposed for the Republicans.
At-Large Council Member: Having some at-large council members looking out for Wheaton will be critical for our neighborhood to get more attention from the county council in the future. After all, we only have a single council member representing our district, and there are 8 other people on the council (4 at-large members). While I have some favorites for who I'd like the at-large members to be, I'm going to avoid giving any endorsements since I admit that I'm not an authority on county politics. I encourage all of you to look into the positions of these candidates for yourself and head out to vote in the primaries.
Here are the Democratic candidates:
Jane de Winter
And here are the Republican candidates:
Robin Nixon Uncapher
And one Green party candidate: