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Photo | Submitted Gaithersburg City Councilmember Mike Sesma, City Councilmember Neil Harris and Mayor Jud Ashman endorsed Marilyn Balcombe, candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large. Balcombe, the current president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with the City Council and Mayor’s Office on numerous issues.

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Gaithersburg City Councilmember Mike Sesma, City Councilmember Neil Harris and Mayor Jud Ashman endorsed Marilyn Balcombe, candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large. Balcombe, the current president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with the City Council and Mayor’s Office on numerous issues.

City Issues Call to Action Over State Small Cell Bill

Public testimony will be heard by the Finance Committee for Senate Bill 1188 on Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. in the Miller Senate Office Building at 11 Bladen St. in Annapolis. As written, the bill represents a coordinated, national effort by the telecommunications industry to prevent public input and limit local government authority over the installation of small cell equipment and poles in the public right of way. The city strongly opposes this legislation and is working to protect its residents’ voices regarding installation decisions to ensure that they work for the community, protect our neighborhoods and allow local government oversight.

The city urges residents to contact committee members to express opposition. Senate Bill 1188 is sponsored by Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton, Chair of the Finance Committee. Its House companion, House Bill 1767, is sponsored by Delegate Dereck Davis, Chair of the Economic Matters Committee. Residents are also encouraged to contact District 17 Senator Cheryl Kagan and Delegates Kumar Barve, James Gilchrist and Andrew Platt.

Local Officials United on Gun Safety

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman and city councilmembers joined Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and county councilmembers, Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, Washington Grove Mayor Joli McCathran, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, and others to remember those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and to call for federal and state action on gun safety on Monday, March 5 at the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville. In remarks, Mayor Ashman expressed sorrow and grief for the victims and said, “It is also incumbent upon us to act. As elected officials, it’s not lost on us that certain laws and public policies could possibly have prevented this incident. And right now is the time to talk about it. There is an important movement afoot, one that demands our attention and our action.”

City Holds School Supply Collection Drive

The city’s Educational Enrichment Committee, in conjunction with the Community Services Division, is holding a school supply collection drive through March 20. The school supplies are for distribution to Gaithersburg area schools and to support grant-funded afterschool programs. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Services Office in the Wells/Robertson House facility at 1 Wells Ave. weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a list of supplies needed, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/news/press-releases/2018/03/20180302-gaithersburg-collecting-supplies-for-end-of-school-year.

Chambers of Commerce Host Candidate Forum

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, along with the Rockville & Clarksburg Chambers of Commerce, will host a primary candidate forum on March 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown. The forum brings together candidates for the office of Montgomery County Executive. Debate will focus on economic, development and transportation issues.

The seven candidates vying for County Executive are Roger Berliner (D), David Blair (D), Marc Elrich (D), William Frick (D), Rose Krasnow (D), George L. Leventhal (D) and Robin Ficker (R).

Berliner, Elrich, Leventhal, Krasnow, Blair & Flicker are confirmed to participate. Delegate Bill Frick will be in Annapolis and unable to attend.

The forum is free of charge. A light continental breakfast will be served. Advance registration is required at https://goo.gl/kPk1R6.

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