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UPDATED: Trachtenberg Files For Bethesda County Council Seat

by Aaron Kraut — February 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm 522 3 Comments

Duchy Trachtenberg filing for County Council primary in District 1, Photo via @EricJHensal(Updated at 3:50 p.m.) Former County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg filed for election in the County Council district that includes Bethesda and Chevy Chase on Tuesday, the last day candidates are allowed to file for this June’s gubernatorial primary.

Trachtenberg, a Democrat who was an at-large council member from 2006-2010, will take on incumbent Roger Berliner, who until Tuesday looked to have a clear path to his third term representing District 1.

The last minute filing for District 1 comes as something as a surprise.

Trachtenberg was rumored to be weighing some type of run this election season, though she told Bethesda Magazine last month that she had decided not to run for the open District 16 state senate seat and that she was still weighing a bid for an at-large Council seat.

Communications consultant and former Trachtenberg advisor Eric Hensal tweeted a photo of Trachtenberg making her run official at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Her campaign later released some quotes from Trachtenberg on the filing:

“The people I have met in District 1 believe deeply in Montgomery County’s promise but  also understand real leadership is urgently needed in Rockville. They want a progressive fighter  – a leader who will protect our quality of life but also help plan for our future.

“Our top priorities must be growing the local economy and creating jobs, supporting our teachers and students, sustaining our environment, honoring our seniors and veterans, and reaching out to the most vulnerable,” said Trachtenberg.

The 1st District includes parts of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, North Bethesda and Potomac, areas she represented during her prior council term.

“In my career, I have fought against the political establishment, entrenched special interests, and I’ve beaten breast cancer to do what needed to be done for others in my life and for the people in my community. I will win the nomination because District 1 voters know I’m a fighter and the truth is that the future of Montgomery County rests in the hands of hard-working women and men.”

“My record of accomplishment for seniors, veterans, domestic violence victims, children and the mentally ill underscores my unwavering commitment to progressive values.  Our campaign is about empowering Montgomery County residents and creating a local economy that sustains all families, and leaves no one behind.”

Trachtenberg ran in the Democratic primary for the 6th District Congressional seat that eventually went to Rep. John Delaney. The 60-year-old North Bethesda resident dropped out of the race in January 2012 due to a recurrence of breast cancer.

According to state campaign finance records, Trachtenberg has $122,574 in campaign funds on hand, all left over from previous campaigns. She did not report any contributions in 2013. Berliner reported $52,000 in available campaign money in January.

The press release on Tuesday boasted that Trachtenberg will have the help of high profile Democratic political advisors Celinda Lake and presidential campaign veteran Joe Trippi.

Photo via @EricJHensal

  • Triple L

    Glad you’re back.

  • Joe ’2 cents’ Hawkins

    I hate it when election races in this County go uncontested. Berliner should not go unchallenged. Go Duchy! Yeah for democracy!

  • Thoroughlyamused

    Berliner is an advocate of the speeding cameras and advocates making speed limits lower while expanding the use of cameras. Let’s send a message to Berliner and vote him out of office! BTW I emailed him about a grievance I was having with the Automated Traffic Enforcement unit and got NO response.

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