Hurson Opts Not To Run For Council At-Large Seat

Former majority leader chooses to focus on cosmetics industry job


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The field of more than 25 candidates running for Montgomery County Council at-large has decreased by one.

Former Maryland House of Delegates Majority Leader John Hurson announced Sunday he would not be pursuing one of the council’s four at-large seats in 2018.

Hurson, 63, who left the House in 2005 after serving 15 years as a delegate, said in a piece he wrote posted on Maryland Matters that he wanted to run for county office, but needs to focus on lobbying for passage of a federal cosmetics bill that would modernize the regulation of cosmetics.

Hurson, a Bethesda resident, works as the head of government affairs for the Personal Care Products Council, a trade association for cosmetics companies. He said the association has been pursuing passage of the bill for eight years.

Hurson’s decision comes less than two months after he told Bethesda Beat in November that he would run for an at-large seat and was beginning to “gear up” his campaign.

Hurson’s exit also means one less candidate with public office experience in the field. Candidates who have held public office currently seeking one of the four at-large seats include incumbent at-large council member Hans Riemer, state Del. Charles Barkley (D-Germantown), former district council member Cherri Branson and former Takoma Park City Council member Seth Grimes.

County school board member Rebecca Smondrowski, who had previously planned to run for an at-large council seat, is now running for a District 17 delegate seat after incumbent Del. Andrew Platt (D-Gaithersburg) said earlier this month he would not run for re-election in 2018.

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