Montgomery County Council is run as an at-large system, meaning that in addition to five locally elected councilmembers, voters also choose four at-large ones who represent the entire county. Three of those at-large council people are from Takoma Park, which has led to some up county residents arguing that the city has too much power in the council. We discuss proposed changes to the county’s charter that would alter this system, and look at the role Takoma Park plays in regional politics.


  • Andrew Metcalf Bethesda Beat editor, Bethesda Magazine; @AJwatchMD
  • Paul Bessel Chair of the Montgomery County Council Charter Review Commission
  • Thomas Nephew Co-founder of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

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