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Northern Montgomery activist Beth Daly announces run for at-large council seat

Beth Daly, an Upcounty activist and director of political ad sales at Telemundo, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council in the June 2014 Democratic primary.

Daly, 51, said Wednesday that a major reason she entered the race is county government’s inability to keep pace with growth — a problem evidenced most dramatically by school overcrowding and road congestion.

“In my mind we’re growing really fast, and the county isn’t providing the infrastructure and facilities to absorb that growth,” she said.

Daly, who lives in Dickerson, is a former staffer for the late Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) and the 1992 Clinton-Gore presidential campaign. She serves as a member of the Montgomery Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board and the board of the Sugarloaf Citizens Association. She said she wants to address the under-representation of northern county interests on the nine-member council. She points out that just one member, Craig Rice (D-Upcounty), lives north of Rockville.

Daly will compete with four incumbent at-large members: Nancy Floreen, Marc Elrich, Hans Riemer and George Leventhal. Other at-large candidates are Vivian Malloy of Olney, who serves on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, and Terrill North, a Takoma Park resident and vice president of the Maryland ACLU.

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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