GRANOLAPARK: Surprise, surprise!

PHOTO: Nominators and seconders register prior to the Nominating Caucus. Photo by Bill Brown.


Dear Readers,

Two surprise candidates jumped into the Takoma Park election at the Nominating Caucus. As a result the mayoral race has two candidates and the Ward 1 council race has three.

8: 39 p.m.: We have TWO candidates for mayor. Warren Holmes, nominates self. Allen Henny seconds the nomination. So does a neighbor. Holmes is a life-long Ward 3 resident and landlord. It appears his issue will be taxation and rent control.

No other nominations for mayor.


Candidate Warren Holmes and supporter Allen Henny.

8:37 p.m.: Mayoral nominations are open. Mayor Bruce Williams makes his second nomination of the evening. His candidate this time is Kate Stewart. “We’ll have a great mayor in Kate Stewart,” he says. Her seven seconders included two under-18-year-olds. The pied piper of Takoma Park? One of them says “Kate is a truth-teller,” in the style of the late Ward 3 councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen.

So, any other nominations? We’re all waiting for the seconders to stop already.

Like popcorn, the seconders keep bouncing up. These are now unplanned seconders. Spontaneous. Great. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock . . . .


Kate Stewart (at right) and supporter Amanda Wessel.

8:15 p.m.: Ward 5 incumbent Jarrett Smith is nominated.

Tension is rising. No, really. Somebody MIGHT run against Jarrett. Somebody MIGHT yet emerge as a mayoral candidate. On the other hand, this could be an early evening.

Nope, no more Ward 5 nominations.


Councilmember Jarrett Smith.

8:10 p.m.:  Mayor Bruce Williams nominates Rizzy Qureshi for Ward 3 seat – Williams old job. Qureshi is an Assistant US Attorney, parent of 4 year old. One of the twoseconders jokes that listening to a 4 year old prepares Qureshi for the city council

No other candidates.


Rizzy Qureshi.

Surprise nomination in Ward 1 – a three-way race

8:05  p.m.: Newcomer Peter Kovar nominated for Ward 1. Seconders: neighbor and young parent Sarah Aden (spelling approximate) who cites Kovar’s work on Metro development, and . . . no others.

Another nomination (not unexpected) is for Victor Thuronyi. A nominator says. “A tax lawyer to works for the common good.”

A surprise nomination. Elizabeth Wallace nominates herself because, she says, the people who would have done so were out of town.. As businessperson, capable of making hard decisions. Has long family background in Takoma Park. Like her grandmother, she takes in boarders. Not everyone in Ward 1 is affluent, she says.

More diversity is needed – “we need more women.”

Ian James Barclay seconds Wallace.


Peter Kovar and spouse.


Elizabeth Wallace and Victor Thuronyi.

7:53 p.m.: Ward 2’s incumbent Tim Male is nominated. Two seconders. No additional nominations.

7:50 p.m.: Ward 4. Incumbent Terry Seamens is nominated. three seconders. All community stalwarts. This is a bit of a nail biter. In past years, Eric Mendoza staged the nominating caucus equivalent of a photo-bomb. But not this year.

No other Ward 4 nominations.

7:40 p.m.: Ward 6 is up first, after accepting Marlyn Abbott as meeting secretary. Incumbent Fred Schultz is nominated and seconded – four times. One is Mike Moore, former city councilmember.

No other nominations for Ward 6.

7:29 p.m.: A crowd of about 25 – 30 people so far in the city auditorium for the Nominating Caucus. The election board volunteers are doing a brisk business registering people who want to nominate or second a candidate. So far no indications of Unknown Candidates emerging tonight.


Registering nominators and seconders.


It’s Takoma Park’s medium-sized night!

It COULD have been Takoma Parks big night, but, NO, Seth Grimes dropped out of the race before it started, leaving only one (so far) candidate in this fall’s city mayoral race.

So, as the Nominating Caucus drifts like a mysterious ghost ship towards this evening’s foggy shore it looks like there is only one city council election contest on board. Soon we’ll have a closer look at that mysterious craft’s cargo.

You’ll get that closer look in The Voice’s “live” coverage tonight, Dear Reader. Check back and refresh the page!

The caucus starts at 7:30 p.m. The agenda is short. After the call to order and reading of a statement of purpose/procedure, a secretary is nominated. It will be Marilyn Abbott, chair of the Board of Elections.


Terry Seamen’s supporters.

The secretary calls for nominations in each ward. The order of wards was chosen at random. It will be: 6, 4, 2, 1, 3, 5. Then the mayoral race.

After the exciting stuff, non-partisan announcements are made – such as the announcement that there will be a Voice Candidate Forum Oct. 21 at the council auditorium. It will be televised and live-streamed on the city’s cable station and website. It will be rebroadcast and it will be available by steam-on-demand.

Here’s the situation before the caucus. There is one two-person contest in Ward 1 – both newcomers.  Four incumbents are running with no opposition that we know of. There is one candidate for mayor, current Ward 3 council member Kate Stewart.

Roger Schlegel, who ran for Ward 3 in the last election, has decided not to run, he tells us. That leaves newcomer as the only known candidate. This could all change tonight.

There are rumors that at least one candidate will step forward with the intention not to win but to make it a contest.

• Ward 6:
Fred Schultz, incumbent
• Ward 4:
Terry Seamens, incumbent
• Ward 2:
 Tim Male, incumbent
• Ward 1:
(Seth Grimes stepping down)
• Ward 3:
(Kate Stewart stepping down to run for mayor)
Rizzy Qureshi
• Ward 5:
Jarrett Smith, incumbent
• Mayor:
(Bruce Williams stepping down)


– Gilbert


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Gilbert is the pseudonym of a hard-bitten, hard-drinking, long-time Takoma Park resident who maintains the granolapark blog. Gilbert and William L. Brown — Granola Park's mild-mannered chief of staff, researcher, and drink pourer — have never been seen in the same place at the same time.

1 Comment on "GRANOLAPARK: Surprise, surprise!"

  1. Boyd Ave Resident | October 23, 2015 at 7:17 pm |

    Hey Rizzy. STOP putting your yard signs on private property without permission. There should be (probably is) a law against that.

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