By Adam Pagnucco.
Progressive Maryland, an umbrella organization containing several influential progressive groups, has announced it is endorsing the following candidates for County Council.
At-Large: Brandy Brooks, Will Jawando, Danielle Meitiv and Chris Wilhelm
District 1: Ana Sol Gutierrez
District 3: Ben Shnider
District 4: Nancy Navarro
District 5: Tom Hucker
Progressive Maryland has previously endorsed Marc Elrich for County Executive and Ben Jealous for Governor. Brooks is an employee of the organization. Hucker founded the group’s predecessor, Progressive Montgomery.
Two things strike us as interesting here. First, this is the first major institutional endorsement not received by at-large incumbent Hans Riemer. (SEIU Local 500 has endorsed three non-incumbents in the at-large race but left a spot open for Riemer contingent on further events in Rockville.) Second, Progressive Maryland’s affiliates include MCGEO, UFCW Local 400 (grocery store workers), the SEIU Maryland/D.C. council, NOW and ATU Local 689 (WMATA), all of whom play in MoCo elections. Does Progressive Maryland’s decision provide insight on which candidates may be endorsed by these other groups?