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    TUNE IN WITH THE COUNCIL . . .

    Montgomery County Police Latino spokesperson Blanca Kling and Ayuda's Trafficking Case Manager Maria Victoria Espinosa Peterson main topic of conversationwas on human trafficking, with host Julie Rios Little on September 12 edition of Sintonía con el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council).

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    REGISTER TO VOTE . . .

    The Montgomery County Council on Sept. 9 joined with representatives of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the County Board of Elections to urge eligible citizens to register to vote in November’s elections. Sept. 23 is designated as National Voter Registration Day, with a theme this year of "Celebrating Our Democracy." Council President Craig Rice (center) presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council to recognize the voter registration efforts.

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    FOUNDER’S DAY . . .

    Randy Alton, a teacher at Wootton High School in Rockville, talks about the significance of “Founder’s Day” as the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Leggett recognized Sept. 6, 1776 as the day the Maryland Constitutional Convention passed a bill, introduced by Thomas Sprigg Wootton, that divided what was then Frederick County into three counties: Frederick, Montgomery and Washington. Also at the ceremonies in Rockville: Jack Devine, president of the board of directors of the Montgomery Historical Society (left) and Council President Craig Rice.

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    BAN THE BOX. . .

    MoCo Councilmember Marc Elrich talked about the importance of working toward passage of “Ban the Box” legislation in the County. He and Councilmembers Cherri Branson, Nancy Navarro and Hans Riemer were among the speakers at the event to detail a proposed bill that would defer the point at which certain public and private employers can conduct criminal background checks or otherwise inquire into an applicant’s criminal record until after making a conditional offer of employment. For more information on the bill, Click Here

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    NEW PLANNING BOARD CHAIR. . .

    Casey Anderson, left, was named by the Montgomery County Council on July 15 as the new chair of the County Planning Board. He has served as member of the Planning Board since 2011.

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    17th County Council . . .

    The 17th County Council of Montgomery County now includes new District 5 Councilmember Cherri Branson, who was appointed to a vacant position on Jan. 28. All Councilmembers will serve through Dec. 1, 2014. Seated, left to right: Cherri Branson, Council President Craig Rice, Council Vice President George Leventhal and Nancy Navarro. Standing: Hans Riemer, Phil Andrews, Nancy Floreen, Roger Berliner and Marc Elrich.

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