24 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
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THE RACE FOR THE Democratic nomination for
Montgomery County executive usually doesn’t cause
a lot of excitement. ;ere are typically only a few
candidates, and the policy di;erences among them are
slight. On average, only about 25 percent of Democratic
voters go to the polls on primary day.
But the 2018 race, which is kicking into gear,
promises to be di;erent. Very di;erent. As many as a
dozen people are pondering the race, and at least six
appear to be likely to run. ;e latter group includes
three county councilmembers who have all but
announced their candidacies.
As our political writer Lou Peck points out in his
story, “;e Amazing Race,” on page 108, the stakes will
be higher than usual because several of the potential
candidates have widely di;ering views on what the
future direction of the county should be.
County Councilmember Marc Elrich, who is
seen by many as the early favorite, is decidedly anti-development and anti-establishment. As executive, he
would surely slow the pace of growth in the county’s
urban areas, including downtown Bethesda.
;e idea of an Elrich administration strikes fear in
the county’s developers and other business people,
and they are hard at work looking for a more business-friendly alternative.
David Trone of Potomac could be that candidate.
Trone, co-owner of Total Wine & More, spent
$13.4 million of his own fortune on his unsuccessful
bid to win the 2016 Democratic primary in the 8th
Congressional District. Trone told Bethesda Beat in
January that he is “focused very heavily” on the county
executive race. Trone’s candidacy, and his willingness
and ability to spend huge amounts on his campaign,
would certainly alter the dynamics of the race and make
it more lively.
Peck’s story provides a primer on the potential
candidates, the issues—and why this may be the most
consequential and interesting county executive race in
nearly 50 years.
WHEN I GO OUT to dinner with my wife, Susan, and
my stepdaughter, Amy, I’ve learned not to start eating
right away when the food arrives. Most times, Amy
wants to take pictures of the dishes and share them on
I must admit that this is something I don’t understand
(or at least appreciate), but I’m also aware that taking
pictures of food at restaurants is becoming as routine as
putting your napkin on your lap.
Jaymi Schuble of Potomac also didn’t quite get it
when her son, Justin, started snapping food photos
several years ago. “He kind of picked up the camera
one day and said he was going to take pictures of food,”
Jaymi says. “I said, ‘Who’s going to look at your pictures
of food? ;at’s kind of weird.’ Obviously, I was wrong.”
Yes, she was.
Justin, now 22 and a senior at Georgetown University,
has amassed 114,000 Instagram followers for his
DCFoodPorn account. In the process, he has become
influential (and a bit of a celebrity) in the local food scene.
In this issue, our restaurant critic, David Hagedorn,
chronicles Justin’s unlikely rise and influence—and how
chefs have learned to accept, even embrace, the food-as-
art trend. David’s story, “Hot Shots,” begins on page 134.
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