Roger would have been a strong and interesting candidate. Here is Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner’s email to supporters:
Congressman Van Hollen’s decision to run for the Senate, a decision that I wholeheartedly support, immediately set off widespread speculation as to who would run for his seat in Congress. I was among those reported to be on the list of possible candidates. As one of my supporters, I wanted to share with you why, as the Washington Post reported yesterday, I harbor no such ambition.
Not so long ago, at a Council of Governments luncheon, Bruce Katz from the Brookings Institute gave a keynote address in which he posited that the traditional government pyramid, with the federal government on top and local government on the bottom, has now inverted. He argued that local government is in the strongest position to advance the public interest most directly and effectively.
My own experience has reinforced the belief that those of us privileged to serve you at the local level have an extraordinary opportunity to improve the quality of life for all of us. I have served at every level of government – from City Hall, to Capitol Hill, the Executive Branch, state legislature, and county government. That experience has left not a shred of doubt in my mind that if you want to bring about big changes, take care of the small things that make a real difference in your lives, and literally shape a community, local government is a great place to serve.
And it is certainly where I want to continue to serve you for the next four years. We have work to do — work to improve transportation, better align growth and infrastructure, provide job skills to our workforce, build a dynamic and innovative government culture, support our non-profit community, do what we can to make our county a “community for a lifetime”, close the achievement gap and build more schools, reinvigorate our local economy ….and the list goes on.
So, I will be busy working on these items and more over the course of the next four years ….not running for Congress. That’s what you were kind enough to support me doing, and that’s what I love doing!
With warm regards,