Business community rallies behind Evan Glass in Montgomery District 5 race


Evan Glass, a candidate in Montgomery County Council District 5 election, poses for a portrait. (Courtesy of Evan Glass)
June 18, 2014

Montgomery’s business community appears to be making a late push for Evan Glass in the District 5 Montgomery County Council race.

Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the eastern Montgomery seat is now viewed by many as a two-way contest between Glass and Del. Tom Hucker (D-Montgomery).

Board of Education member Christopher Barclay, who began his council campaign with support from the powerful Montgomery teachers union and top elected Democrats, has been plagued by poor fundraising and disclosures of unauthorized use of his board-issued credit card. Two other candidates, Terrill North and Jeffrey Thames, have raised little money.

Hucker, a two-term state delegate and founder of Progressive Maryland, enjoys heavy support from organized labor and a commanding cash-on-hand advantage, according to the latest contribution reports: $146,000 versus $45,000 for Glass.

But Glass, whose early contributions were dominated by small individual donors, is drawing a late surge of interest from businesses trying to head off a Hucker victory.

Since mid-May, Glass has received about $22,000 from real estate, land development and construction groups. It includes a total of $12,000 from two real estate PACS: the Greater Capital Area Political Action Committee and MD RPAC, a Maryland Realtors group.

Glass also got $4,000 from Paul Mahon, executive vice president and general counsel for the Silver Spring -based United Therapeutics, and $1,000 from Michael Ford, a top executive at DPR Construction. Smaller donations came from JBG and the Chevy Chase Land Company, two major Montgomery developers.

Hucker also received a donation from the Chevy Chase Land Company.

The full extent of the support won’t be known until August, when contribution reports covering the final two weeks of the campaign are filed.

Glass downplayed the recent contributions.

“Throughout this campaign I’ve received tremendous grassroots support from more than 600 individuals,” he said.

Hucker is receiving steady labor support in the final stretch, with checks from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC ($2,000), Laborers International Union of North America ($2500) the Police PAC of Montgomery County ($2,000) and affiliates of Service Employees International Union ($7500).Hucker has also received help from statehouse colleagues, Del. Brian Feldman ($1,000) and Del. Charles Barkley ($500).

One contribution from last September is also worth noting: $50 from Evan Glass, who contributed to Hucker when he still planned to run for re-election as a state delegate.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.
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