D-16 Political Roundup: Back To School, Food Drive, Mizeur Endorsement


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There's been a lot going on in the highly competitive, if still far away, race for three District 16 House of Delegates seats. Also, a new group of local neighborhood activists has come out with an interesting endorsement in the gubernatorial primary. Cooper Heads Back To Alma Mater For Civics Lesson — D-16 Delegate candidate Jordan Cooper did some guest teaching on Monday at Walter Johnson High School. The subject -- AP National, State and Local Government -- was near and dear to Cooper's aspirations for state office. "I was first introduced to government in these same classrooms. My overarching goal today is to make the pathway towards public service for our students clearer," Cooper said in a prepared release. "I hope to open their eyes to the fact they too can run for public office and transform their visions of a better community into a new reality." Cooper graduated from Walter Johnson in 2003 and served as a student page in Annapolis during his senior year. Jamgochian Joins Leventhal For Boy Scouts Food Drive — D-16 Delegate candidate Hrant Jamgochian joined County Councilmember George Leventhal on Saturday in Potomac at an annual food drive held by Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from throughout the county. Scouts from more than 30 units collected and loaded food for distribution to in-need families through the Manna Food Center. Hrant Jamgochian at Boy Scouts Charity EventKuker-Kihl Actively Campaigning — Karen Kuker-Kihl, a retired teacher and one-time County Council candidate, is actively campaigning for a D-16 Delegate seat. Kuker-Kihl spoke at the Montgomery County Renters Alliance candidates forum last month in Silver Spring and was at the 2013 State of the Schools event on Monday in North Bethesda. Kuker-Kihl makes seven announced candidates for the three delegate seats, joining Cooper, Jamgochian, incumbent Ariana Kelly, Marc Korman, Gareth Murray and Kevin Walling. News and Notes — Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy and Sheriff Darren Popkin have endorsed Korman for delegate, the Korman campaign announced Tuesday. ....Kelly held a fundraiser on Thursday and got support from County Executive Isiah Leggett. "I cannot afford to not have her," in Annapolis, was Leggett's message. ...A group called Progressive Neighbors announced its endorsement of Takoma Park Del. Heather Mizeur for the Democratic gubernatorial bid, calling Mizeur "the most progressive candidate in the race." The group of local civic leaders cites schools, a living wage, universal health care, public transportation and sustainable land use policies as some of its values. Photos via Jordan Cooper, Hrant Jamgochian campaigns

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