Montgomery County Council heads back to work, with four new members

WASHINGTON — One day after they were sworn in, members of Montgomery County’s nine member council are getting to work.

Among their first chores is getting a briefing on priorities for the upcoming legislative session in the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.

There are four new council members: Andrew Friedson will represent District 1, and Evan Glass, Will Jawando and Gabe Albornoz are serving at-large.

At Monday’s inaugural ceremony, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, who wrapped up 12 years on the county council before winning the county executive post, pledged to work in a collaborative style with the council. 

“Now, it’s time to get to work,” he said, after the swearing-in ceremony. “I look forward to talking and working with you. Together, we’ll deliver some accomplishments for the people of Montgomery County.”

In his inaugural speech, Elrich said he would not raise taxes “this year,” which leaves open the possibility of tax increases in the future. The county executive makes budget proposals, but final say on spending ultimately falls to the council.

Heading into Tuesday’s council session, Hans Riemer, who served a one-year term as council president, spoke to his colleagues, with a special recognition of the body’s four new members.

“We welcome new voices to county leadership — we are looking forward to your contributions,” Riemer told them.

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Kate Ryan

As a member of the award-winning WTOP News, Kate is focused on state and local government. Her focus has always been on how decisions made in a council chamber or state house affect your house. She's also covered breaking news, education and more.

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