Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Montgomery business PAC issues its endorsements in state, local races

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. received the endorsement from the Montgomery County Business Political Action Committee, as did four other Republicans seeking seats in the General Assembly and three on the Montgomery County Council.

Eighteen Democrats received the organization’s endorsement, including county executive candidate Isiah ‘‘Ike” Leggett.

‘‘Maryland faces some serious challenges in the next four years. We are endorsing candidates that we [feel] can best address issues like educational opportunities, traffic relief, job growth, workforce housing, and continued economic prosperity, ” Larry Cunnick, the PAC’s chairman, said in a statement. He is president of BIOCON Inc. of Rockville.

PAC members have been raising money and are organizing get-out-the-vote efforts for these candidates.

‘‘The business community and our employees drive the economy, prosperity, jobs and quality of life in Montgomery County. We must play an active role in this election to sustain this lifestyle,” said Ed Asher, PAC treasurer, and president & CEO of Chevy Chase Land Co.

The PAC endorsed:

* In District 14: Sen. Rona E. Kramer (D) of Olney, Del. Herman L. Taylor Jr. (D) of Ashton and Republican candidates John Austin and John McKinnis.

* In District 15: Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D) of Germantown, and Dels. Kathleen M. Dumais (D) of Bethesda Brian J. Feldman (D) of Potomac and Jean B. Cryor (R) of Potomac.

* In District 16: Del. William A. Bronrott (D) of Bethesda.

* In District 17: Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D) of Rockville, Dels. Kumar P. Barve (D) of Gaithersburg and Luiz R.S. Simmons (D) of Rockville, and James Gilchrist (D)

* In District 18, for Senate, Del. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D) of Kensington.

* In District 19, for Senate: Mike Lenett (D); and for delegate: Ben Kramer (D), Roger Manno (D) and John Joaquin (R).

* In District 20: Del. Sheila E. Hixson (D) of Silver Spring.

* In District 39: Sen. Patrick J. Hogan (D) and Del. Nancy J. King (D), both of Montgomery Village.

In the Montgomery County Council at-large races, the PAC endorsed incumbent Democrats Nancy M. Floreen of Garrett Park and George L. Leventhal of Takoma Park. The group also endorsed Steven N. Abrams (R).

* In District 1, Councilman Howard A. Denis (R) of Chevy Chase.

* In District 2, Councilman Michael J. Knapp (D) of Germantown.

* In District 3, Henry F. Marraffa Jr. (R).

* In District 4, Councilwoman Marilyn J. Praisner (D) of Calverton.

* In District 5, Valerie Ervin (D).

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