Montgomery Council Likely to See First Female Majority in Decades

The November general election signals changes in Maryland’s political landscape, and Montgomery County Council is likely to experience a significant shift.

The 2022 election cycle will bring a wave of change to county governing bodies across the state. One noteworthy shift will be in the newly reconstructed Montgomery County Council, expanded by a 2020 charter amendment to 11 members. With party registration historically rendering the general election unlikely to change outcomes, Maryland Matters has profiled the democratic party nominees for Council, with an eye toward the four year term ahead.

Kristin Mink, Laurie-Anne Sayles, Natali Fani-González, Marilyn Balcombe, Kate Stewart, and Dawn Luedtke are all likely to land seats on the Montgomery County Council, which would establish the first female majority the county has seen since the 1980s.

According to Maryland Matters:

Now, Balcombe has prevailed in the primary for Council District 2, which includes Germantown, Damascus and Clarksburg.

The other Democratic women who won their July 19 primaries are Natali Fani-González, Dawn Luedtke, Kristin Mink, Laurie-Anne Sayles and Kate Stewart.

If successful in November, they will represent the largest-ever cohort of women councilmembers in Maryland’s largest county.

Contributing to the council’s forthcoming overhaul was an expansion to 11 seats — with two new districts carved from communities intended to better represent the county’s non-white majority — and three seats opening up because of term limits.

Read the full Maryland Matters article to learn more.