Gaithersburg and Takoma Park Election Results; D.C. Proposes Dedicated Funding for Metro

News, announcements and other helpful links for Wednesday morning


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Sayles, Sesma win seats on the Gaithersburg City Council

Laurie-Ann Sayles and Michael A. Sesma beat Jim McNulty and Yvette Monroe to earn seats on the Gaithersburg City Council Tuesday night, according to the city’s unofficial election results. Mayor Jud Ashman, who ran uncontested, retained his seat. About 3,200 of the city’s 35,300 registered voters cast ballots in the election—a voter turnout of about 9 percent. [City of Gaithersburg]

Takoma Park election results

Peter Kovar, Cindy Dyball, Kacy Kostiuk, Terry Seamens, Jarrett Smith and Talisha Searcy were elected to the Takoma Park City Council Tuesday night. Mayor Kate Stewart, who ran uncontested, retained her seat. [Takoma Park]

D.C. proposes sales tax increase to provide dedicated funding for Metro

The Washington, D.C., Council introduced a proposal Tuesday to increase the city’s sales tax by 0.75 percent to provide dedicated funding to the Metro system. The proposal has a catch—the increase wouldn’t take effect unless Maryland and Virginia increase their sales taxes to raise Metro funding. So far, governors in Maryland and Virginia have been resistant to raising the sales tax. [Washington Post]

Comptroller plans to release recommendations to updating state’s brewery regulations

Comptroller Peter Franchot is aiming to release, before Thanksgiving, proposed changes to state regulations that he believes are holding back the growth of the beer industry. Franchot has been touring the state meeting with brewery managers, beer distributors and others to help him understand how state regulations are affecting brewery sales. It’s not clear if the state’s General Assembly will be receptive to his recommendations—one leader said Franchot has failed to consult with House leaders about his work. [Baltimore Sun]

Cloudy, chilly day

A cloudy day with a high near 49 degrees and a nighttime low around 40 is expected Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. There’s a chance of rain late at night.

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