June 11, 2016
Contact: Julio Cerón, Secretary

LDC Denounces Effort to Limit Councilmanic, County Executive Terms

The Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County (LDC), CASA in Action and the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats (CAPAD) were greatly disappointed and saddened to learn of the effort to place a charter amendment on the 2016 ballot that would establish a consecutive three-term limit for members of the Montgomery County Council and County Executive. We were especially troubled to learn that the proposed ballot measure does not differentiate between full and partial terms.

We believe this action is a blatant partisan effort and that the partial term measure is aimed at preventing one of only two people of color and the only Hispanic member on the County Council from seeking reelection to a well-deserved full third term. The Honorable Nancy Navarro has served the community with distinction and dedicated most of her professional career to public service. She was the first Latina elected both to the County Council and to serve as Council President. We stand behind her and against this deliberate attempt to target her directly.

The voters of Montgomery County should have an opportunity to decide who is best suited to represent them, not some arbitrary and partisan term limit that is clearly designed to target our current elected officials, all of whom won by wide margins during the 2014 election cycle. If this measure is successfully placed on the 2016 ballot, our organizations will unite to educate our communities regarding the blatant partisanship and continue to rigorously oppose this measure.