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Interview on Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Politics Hour

Audio (Phil comes on at 30:05)

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SHERWOOD: And joining us in the studio is Phil Andrews.
MR. PHIL ANDREWS: Nice to see you.

SHERWOOD; Thank you. Welcome here. He’s a…
ANDREWS: Thank you.

SHERWOOD: He’s a Democratic candidate for county executive in Montgomery County. He currently represents the Council’s 3rd District. Welcome.
ANDREWS: Thank you for having me. It’s good to be here.

SHERWOOD: Tell those of us who live in the District and elsewhere, where is the 3rd District?
ANDREWS: The 3rd District is the middle of Montgomery County. It’s the Rockville/Gaithersburg greater area there. So basically the center of the county.

SHERWOOD: And you’ve been there since ‘99? You took office in 1999?
ANDREWS: 1998. So I’m in my 16th year.

SHERWOOD: You were elected in ‘98?
ANDREWS: That’s right. So I’m in my fourth term.

SHERWOOD: So that was a time for a change?
ANDREWS: Well, it’s definitely a time for a change in the county executive position.

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Phil Andrews proposes public financing in local campaigns

NewsTalk on WJLA
With Bruce DePuyt

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Phil Andrews to put forth bill setting up public financing in Montgomery County elections

The Washington Post
By Bill Turque

Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews is preparing to introduce legislation that would establish the Washington region’s first system of public financing for local elections.

Andrews (D-Rockville-Gaithersburg), a candidate in the June Democratic primary for county executive, said he sees public financing as an essential counter­weight to the influence of special-interest money in Montgomery elections, primarily from real estate developers and public employee unions.

His proposal, which he plans to introduce at the Feb. 4 council meeting, attempts to leverage the power of small individual contributions ($50 to $150) with matching funds.

The objective, he said, is twofold: to draw more small donors into local politics and to encourage those without money — or the ability to raise it in large amounts — to run for county executive or the County Council.

“This has the possibility of revolutionizing elections in Montgomery County,” Andrews said.

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Let the issues decide the race

The Washington Post
Letter to the Editor

The Jan. 17 Metro article “Montgomery’s Leggett leads in campaign cash,” on the Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive, focused almost entirely on current Executive Isiah Leggett and challenger Doug Duncan, and it suggested that the winner of the race could be determined by how much these two candidates can raise from developers and unions. Sadly, this is often true. But I wish more space had been given to the refreshing third candidate, County Council member Phil Andrews (D-Rockville-Gaithersburg), who has taken a stand against taking such funds.

Perhaps if voters saw less coverage of campaign fundraising and more of issues relevant to county residents, the latter would determine who wins an election.

Barbara Bryniarski, Chevy Chase

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Cut the tolls and increase mobility

The state should cut the cost of driving on the ICC

In the 12 months ending in June 2013, motorists made 17.2 million trips on the Intercounty Connector, which costs $8 for a peak-time round-trip between Gaithersburg and Laurel.

Advocates — notably Councilman Philip M. Andrews and the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce — think drivers in the region would benefit if the state cut the tolls in half.

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Common Sense and the ICC; Commentary by Chris Core, WTOP

In this commentary, Chris Core agrees with Phil Andrews' proposal for lowering ICC tolls to attract more drivers. Click to connect to audio commentary on WTOP's website.

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Phil Andrews goes door to door in campaign to become Montgomery County executive

The Washington Post
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It’s a late afternoon in September on Homewood Parkway in Kensington, Md. Jeremiah Sullivan, 71, wearing green sweatpants and sporting a couple of days’ growth, opens his front door to find Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews.

“So you’re running for county executive? Is Ike still in there?” Sullivan asks, referring to County Executive Isiah Leggett.

He is, Andrews says.

“Wow, you have a tough row to hoe.”

“You’ll have a clear choice,” Andrews says.

For several hours almost every day since January, this has been Andrews’s routine — and the core of his grass-roots campaign for Montgomery County executive. By his count, he’s approached about 13,000 doorsteps to make his pitch, enduring bad weather, yapping dogs and residents who wonder if he’s handing out religious tracts. He hopes to reach 30,000 doors before the June Democratic primary.

He figures to be heavily outspent by the two big dogs in the race, Leggett, the two-term incumbent, and Doug Duncan, who held the job for the 12 preceding years. That fundraising gap will be widened by Andrews’s career-long policy of refusing campaign contributions from political action committees and real estate developers.

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Andrews: ‘I Hear Readiness For Change’

"... in a Friday appearance on NewsTalk with host Bruce DePuyt, Andrews said he can beat the two men who have held the county’s top political position for last almost two decades.

“I’ve talked to thousands of people and I hear readiness for change,” Andrews said. “I think people appreciate what I have done on the County Council, the issues I’ve championed...”

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Duncan, Andrews outline issues for executive race

Andrews, who has served on the County Council since 1998, said the county needs to restore confidence in government, which is close to an all-time low. “We can do progressive reform and we can be fiscally responsible at the same time,” he said.

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