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Association of Black Democrats of Montgomery County Endorses in 2018 Primary Elections


Roger Berliner for County Executive

Valerie Ervin for Governor & Marisol Johnson for Lt. Governor

The Association of Black Democrats of Montgomery County (ABD), a political and advocacy organization announced its endorsements for the 2018 election cycle on Tuesday. ABD advocates for policies important to the black community, representing over 200,000 African-Americans residing in Montgomery County, while also engaging eligible voters in the political process to increase the fair and equitable representation of elected and appointed decision makers. “Our organization's endorsement process focused on a candidate’s history of support for policies that positively impact our community as well as their intended future support." said Gabriel Acevero, president of the Association of Black Democrats.

"Our membership ultimately votes on who we as an organization should endorse and today's endorsement is a reflection of that." Acevero added about ABD's endorsement process.

Endorsed Candidates

Governor/Lt Governor

  • Valerie Ervin/Marisol Johnson

US Senate

  • Ben Cardin


  • District 6: Aruna Miller

  • District 8: Jamie Raskin

Attorney General

  • Brian Frosh

Board of Education

  • District 1: Judy Docca

  • District 3: Patricia O’Neill

  • District 5: Brenda Wolff

  • At-Large: Karla Silvestre

Clerk of the Circuit Court

  • Alan Bowser

State’s Attorney

  • John McCarthy

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge

  • Marilyn Pierre

Montgomery County Sheriff

  • Darren Popkin


  • Peter Franchot

County Executive

  • Roger Berliner

County Council

  • District 1: Regina (Reggie) Oldak

  • District 2: Craig Rice

  • District 3: Sidney Katz

  • District 4: Nancy Navarro

  • District 5: Tom Hucker

  • At-Large: Will Jawando

  • At-Large: Gabe Albornoz

  • At-Large: Hoan Dang

  • At-Large: Hans Reimer 


  • District 14 - Craig Zucker

  • District 15 - Brian Feldman

  • District 16 - Susan Lee

  • District 17 - Cheryl Kagan

  • District 19 - Ben Kramer

  • District 20 - Will Smith 

House of Delegates

  • District 14 - Pamela Queen, Eric Luedtke, Anne Kaiser

  • District 15 - Kevin Mack, Lily Qi

  • District 16 - Marc Korman, Samir Paul, Ariana Kelly

  • District 17 - Julian Haffner

  • District 18 - Al Carr, Emily Shetty

  • District 19 - Marlin Jenkins, Charlotte Crutchfield

  • District 20 - Jheanelle Wilkins, David Moon, Lorig Charkoudian

  • District 39 - Gabriel Acevero

Where are they now?
Doug Duncan is now president/CEO of the Greater Washington Leadership Conference. The former three-term Montgomery County Executive also served as mayor of the city of Rockville.
Parker Hamilton, after 12 years as director of Montgomery County Public Libraries, has retired and is returning to her hometown in Alabama, reports Bethesda Beat.
Herman Taylor Jr., one of Montgomery County's first African Americans elected to the state legislature, serves on the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation board. He also heads a Minority Business Council.
Greg Wims, a businessman and founder of the Victims Rights Foundation, was installed as the first African American governor of a 2,200-member Rotary Club district located in Central Maryland and Washington, D.C. Wims is also a member of Leadership Montgomery and a former president of the Montgomery County NAACP.
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Cong. Jamie Raskin (D-8th Dist.)
Cong. Anthony Brown (D-4th Dist)
Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General
Jheanelle Wilkins, Md. State Delegate, Dist. 20
Pamela Queen, Md. Delegate (D-Dist. 14)
Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
Roger Berliner, President, Montgomery County Council
George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council, At-Large
Nancy Floreen, Mont. County Council (D-At-Large)
Marc Elrich, Mont. County Council (D-At-Large)
Hans Riemer, Mont. County Council (D-At-Large)
Craig Rice, Mont. County Council (D-Dist. 2)
Nancy Navarro, Mont. County Council (D-Dist. 4)
Tom Hucker, Mont. County Council (D-Dist. 5)
Obie Patterson, Pr. George's County Council
Andrea Harrison, Pr. George's County Council
Julian Norment, African-American Liaison
Daniel Koroma, African & Caribbean Liaison
Al Carr. Md. Delegate (D-Dist. 18)
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