Montgomery County Council member Neal Potter has been endorsed for county executive by CITPAC, a political action committee of citizens concerned about development and the environment.
"Neal Potter's record of public service is one of integrity. His thoughtful and balanced approach to growth and taxes in Montgomery County is what makes him a clear-cut choice for County Executive," said Jenny Sue Dunner, co-chairman of CITPAC.
Potter, a County Council member for 20 years, is challenging County Executive Sidney Kramer in the Sept. 11 Democratic primary.
The group, in a meeting last week, also made bipartisan endorsements in the County Council races.
Those endorsed are: District 1, Republican Betty Anne Krahnke; District 2, Republican Nancy Dacek and Democrat Judy Toth; District 4, Democrat Marilyn Praisner and Republican Carol Wallace; District 5, Democrat Derick Berlage and Republican Joan Ennis; and at-large, Democrats Bruce T. Adams, Isiah Leggett, Gail Ewing, Gene Lynch and Republicans Richard LaSota and George Sauer.
The group made no endorsement in District 3. Candidates to Debate
The Montgomery County League of Women Voters and Montgomery Community Television's CABLE NEWS 21 will hold a series of debates for Republican and Democratic candidates seeking County Council seats in the Sept. 11 primaries.
The debates will be shown live and also will be rebroadcast later.
Here is the schedule:
July 23 at 8 p.m. -- District 5 Democratic primary in the Silver Spring area features five candidates vying for the seat being vacated by incumbent Rose Crenca, who is running at large.
Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. -- District 2 has Democratic and Republican primaries for the upcounty seat.
Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. -- District 4, where the Democratic and Republican primaries include an attempt to unseat incumbent Michael Gudis in this eastern county district.
Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. -- At-large council seats.
The debates will air on cable channel 21. Officials hope to arrange a debate between Kramer and challenger Potter. Debates also are planned for the General Election. -- Jo-Ann Armao
Union Makes Endorsements
In the Montgomery County Board of Education races, the union representing the school system's support workers has given endorsements to three political newcomers and one incumbent.
For District 1, in the upper county, the Montgomery County Council of Supporting Services Employees has endorsed William J. Beane, of Gaithersburg.
The union also has endorsed Ana Sol Gutierrez of Chevy Chase in District 2; Francis Brenneman, of Olney, in District 5; and incumbent James Cronin, of Silver Spring, who is running for the at-large seat.
The union represents the school system's 6,500 bus drivers, secretaries and other support employees. -- Amy Goldstein