Week Ahead: Early Voting Begins Thursday
Plus: Metro running additional service for Capitals victory parade; three county executive forums this week
Early voting begins in Maryland primary election Thursday
Early voting begins Thursday, so registered voters can begin heading to the polls Thursday to cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries in Maryland. Montgomery County will operate 11 early voting centers from June 14 to 21 during the week-long early voting period. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Voters can cast ballots at any early voting location even if it’s not in their home district. This year, county residents will choose from more than 100 candidates running for Congress, governor, the General Assembly, county executive, County Council, school board and Democratic Central Committee as well as judgeships and other local offices.
Bethesda Beat has a comprehensive election guide featuring biographical information as well as candidates’ positions on general issues. The primary is June 26.
Metro adding service for Washington Capital victory parade
Metrorail is planning to operate with rush-hour service levels Tuesday to accommodate an influx of expected riders heading to the National Mall for the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory parade. Trains are scheduled to depart end-of-line stations such as Shady Grove every eight minutes and service between downtown stations will run as frequent as every two to four minutes.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Constitution Avenue and 17th Street and will proceed along Constitution until Seventh Street, where it will end with a rally on the National Mall. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the parade, according to Washington, D.C., officials.
Three county executive forums scheduled to take place this week
The candidates running for Montgomery County executive are scheduled to appear at forums Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week. The first one is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, 8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. The second is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at B’nai Israel Men’s Club, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville. And the third is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Hallie Wells Middle School, 11701 Little Seneca Parkway, Clarksburg.
The Democratic candidates pursuing the party’s nomination in the June 26 primary are businessman David Blair, state Del. Bill Frick (D-Bethesda), former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow and County Council members Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner and George Leventhal. Republican attorney Robin Ficker is running unopposed for his party’s nomination.
Chance of rain each day this week
Keep an umbrella or rain jacket handy this week. The National Weather Service predicts a chance of rain each week day. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers Monday afternoon when a high near 67 is expected with a nighttime low dropping to around 56. Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a chance of evening showers and a high near 76 degrees. Wednesday is expected to be mostly cloudy with chance of afternoon thunderstorms and a high near 84. There’s a chance of showers throughout Thursday and Friday when highs are predicted in the mid-90s and nighttime lows dropping to the mid-60s.