Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Political Candidate Survey 2018

2018 Survey of Political Candidates
Administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County invited each candidate in the races for County Executive and County Council to participate in our 2018 Survey of Political Candidates and share their arts and humanities platforms with voters.  The responses of each participating candidate are provided below.

 Executive Summary


 Click here for a comprehensive summary of all survey results.

  • Unanimously, all candidates surveyed agree that, “appropriating local tax-dollars to advance Montgomery County's cultural and creative industries is important in supporting the success of a strong local economy.”

  • Of the candidates who participated in the survey, over 97% strongly agreed that public funding of the arts and humanities is important for sustaining the nonprofit cultural and creative sector in Montgomery County.

  • Over 89% of candidates support the incorporation of the arts and humanities into STEM programs, expanding from a STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) philosophy.

  • The field unanimously agreed to support continued and expanded arts education in Montgomery County Public Schools.

Platform Questions


Clicking each question will provide a list of answers from each candidate. These answers have not been changed or altered in any way.

Q1. How often do you participate in arts, humanities or cultural activities during the year?

Q2. How do you participate in the arts and humanities?

Q3. Public funding of the arts and humanities is important for sustaining the nonprofit cultural and creative sector in Montgomery County.

Q4. The arts and humanities in Montgomery County is an important tool for increasing quality of life for Montgomery County residents.

Q5. If elected to public office in Montgomery County, I would support increased public funding for the arts and humanities.

Q6. Public art and creative placemaking supports the development of vibrant communities and Arts and Entertainment Districts (A&E Districts) in Montgomery County.

Q7. Do you agree or disagree that, "Appropriating local tax-dollars to advance Montgomery County's cultural and creative industries is important in supporting the success of a strong local economy.”

Q8. As an elected official, would you incentivize public/private partnerships with the arts and humanities to strengthen an investment in the cultural sector from businesses and philanthropists in Montgomery County?

Q9. As an elected official would you support continued and expanded arts education in Montgomery County Public Schools?

Q10. Do you support the incorporation of the arts and humanities into STEM programs, expanding from a STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) philosophy?

Q11. Do you consider the arts and humanities to be core foundations for student success at Montgomery County Public Schools?

Q12. Please share with voters any other elements of your arts and humanities platform not captured above.

 

County Executive Candidates


Clicking each name or photo will provide a document with each candidate's complete answers to all 10 questions. These answers have not been changed or altered in any way.

Marc Elrich Rose Krasnow George Leventhal David Blair
     
Democrat Democrat Democrat Democrat
       
Robin Ficker      
     
Republican      

 The following candidates did not respond to our survey:

  • Roger Berliner (D)
  • Bill Frick (D)

County Council Candidates


Clicking each name or photo will provide a document with each candidate's complete answers to all 10 questions. These answers have not been changed or altered in any way.

AT LARGE      
Robert Dyer Gabe Albornoz Rosemary Arkoian Marilyn Balcombe


Republican - At Large Democrat - At Large  Democrat - At Large Democrat - At Large
       
Charles Barkley Cherri L. Branson Hoan Dang Lorna Phillips Forde


Democrat - At Large  Democrat - At Large Democrat - At Large Democrat - At Large 
       
Jill Ortman-Fouse Paul S. Geller  Evan Glass Neil Greenberger 
       
Seth Grimes Melissa McKenna Danielle Meitiv Hans Riemer
 Democrat - At Large  Democrat - At Large Democrat - At Large   Democrat - At Large
       
Michele Riley Steve Solomon Chris Wilhelm Tim Willard
 Democrat - At Large  Democrat - At Large Democrat - At Large  Green - At Large 

 The following candidates did not respond to our survey:

  • Chris P. Fiotes, Jr. (R)
  • Loretta Jean Garcia (D)
  • Penny Musser (R)
  • Richard Gottfried (D)
  • Shelly Skolnick (R)
  • Ashwani Jain (D)
  • Shruti Bhatnagar (D)
  • Will Jawando (D)
  • Brandy H. M. Brooks (D)
  • David Lipscomb (D)
  • Craig Carozza-Caviness (D)
  • Graciela Rivera-Oven (D)
  • Ron Colbert (D)
  • Darwin Romero (D)
  • Bill Conway (D)
  • Mohammad Siddique (D)
  • Tom R. Falcinelli, Jr. (D)
  • Jarrett Smith (D)

 

DISTRICT 1      
Bill Cook Pete Fosselman Andrew Freidson Ana Solo Gutierrez
Democrat - District 1 Democrat - District 1 Democrat - District 1  Democrat - District 1 
       
Jim McGee Reggie Oldak Dalbin Osorio Meredith Wellington
Democrat - District 1 Democrat - District 1  Democrat - District 1  Democrat - District 1 
       

  The following candidates did not respond to our survey:

  • Richard Banach (R)

 

DISTRICT 2      
Craig Rice Tiquia J. Bennett    


   
Democrat - District 2 Democrat - District 2    
       

  The following candidates did not respond to our survey:

  • Ed Amatetti (R)
  • Tom Ferleman (R)
  • Kyle Sefcik (R)

 

DISTRICT 3      
Sidney Katz Ben Shnider
 
   
Democrat - District 3 Democrat - District 3    
       

 

DISTRICT 4      
Nancy Navarro Jay Graney    
   
Democrat - District 4 Democrat - District 4     
       

 

DISTRICT 5      
Kenge Malikidogo-Fludd
   
     
Democrat - District 5      

 The following candidates did not respond to our survey:

  • Kevin Harris (D)
  • Tom Hucker (D)

 

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