WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Montgomery County Council President Makes History

Play associated audio
Craig Rice assumes the role of Montgomery County vice president today and Nancy Navarro is elevated to council president.
Matt Bush
Craig Rice assumes the role of Montgomery County vice president today and Nancy Navarro is elevated to council president.

The Montgomery County council has a new president today. Nancy Navarro becomes the first Latino woman to hold the position.

The president position on the council rotates every year, and usually goes the person who was vice president the previous year. That tradition continued today when Navarro assumed the presidency.

Councilman Craig Rice put her name in for nomination in Spanish, saying: "Asi es con gran placer que concluyo con nominaciĆ³n de nuestro colega Nancy Navarro por el presidente de consejo."

Navarro is the first Latino woman to be county council president. During a brief speech this morning, she touched on many issues that will be at the forefront for the county over the next year, including how to shed the perception that Montgomery County is not as business-friendly as its neighbor across the Potomac River: Fairfax County, Va.

"I have heard for too long that Montgomery County is not open for business," says Navarro. "Today I want to be absolutely clear: Montgomery County is one of the best places in America to grow a business of any size."

Craig Rice was elevated to vice president. The former state delegate is serving his first term on the council representing the upcounty district.

NPR

Encore: 'Future Shock' 40 Years Later

Future Shock by Alvin Toffler was a huge sensation when it was published in 1970. The book perfectly captured the angst of that time and prepared society for more changes to come.
NPR

In Prison, The Passion That Drove A Yogurt-Maker To Arson Still Burns

The yogurt entrepreneur who set fire to his factory remains in prison, but he's in better spirits now. "He's dreaming again," says his wife.
NPR

Biden: Bernie Sanders Is 'Going To Endorse' Hillary Clinton

Biden told NPR he's prepared to vouch for Clinton, who he will join on the campaign trail next week. "You're putting your rep on the line you're saying I think this person has character," he said.
NPR

'Future Shock' Author Alvin Toffler Dies at 87

Toffler's warnings about 'information overload' and the accelerating pace of change in modern society made his seminal 1970 book a best-seller in the U.S. and around the world.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.