Miller's Congressional Bid Gets Support from Science Group; Few GOP Candidates Line Up in Montgomery County Primaries

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Group backs Miller for Congress because of her science background

Aruna Miller’s background as a transportation engineer has won her support from a nonprofit group that wants to see her elected to represent Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. The nonprofit, 314 Action, is working to get scientists and engineers elected to public office because, the group reasons, their background gives them experience in rational problem-solving. Miller, a state delegate representing Montgomery County, is raising funds to succeed Rep. John Delaney in the 6th District seat. [Baltimore Sun]

GOP candidates few and far between in Montgomery County races

Only a handful of Republicans have filed to run for Montgomery County executive or positions on the County Council. Three Republicans have launched their candidacy for council posts, and former state delegate Robin Ficker is the only GOP candidate to file so far in the executive race. Local party officials say it’s been slow-going trying to recruit GOP candidates in Montgomery County, where it’s been 15 years since a Republican was last elected to the County Council. [Washington Post]

Pets rescued from Puerto Rico adopted in Montgomery County

A Gaithersburg PetSmart held a pet adoption over the weekend for animals rescued from Puerto Rico. About 100 pets were flown from the hurricane-ravaged island to the mainland on Saturday. The organization Lucky Dog Animal Rescue coordinated the operation. [WTOP]

Gaithersburg biotech reports raising $2 million

A Gaithersburg biotech company has raised $2 million for working capital, including payment of salaries and bonuses to executive officers. BeneVir Biopharm Inc. is licensed to develop the T-Stealth technology, which is a virus that infects and kills cancer cells. The company reported raising the funds in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. [Washington Business Journal]

Sunny weather to start the week

Monday is expected to be sunny, with highs of about 50 degrees. The skies will remain mostly clear overnight, and temperatures are excepted to drop to about 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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