Bethesda man enters District 16 primary -- Gazette.Net



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Known locally as a Democratic activist with a dry wit, Marc Korman has decided to raise his profile by throwing his hat in the ring for one of two possible vacant District 16 delegate seats.

Korman, who lives in the Bradley Village section of Bethesda with his wife, Rebecca, and their 19-month-old toddler, grew up in Rockville and returned to the county after college.

He serves as the chairman of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board and has been a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee since 2007.

Korman, who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law, also earned a master’s in government at Johns Hopkins University. An associate at Sidley Austin LLP, a Washington D.C. firm, Korman is also on the Board of Directors for the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Metro tops his list of issues to focus on, he said, adding that he supports the construction of the Purple Line, which is a proposed 16-mile light rail that will run from New Carollton to downtown Bethesda and has created some controversy in some areas of District 16. District 16 includes Bethesda, Cabin John, Glen Echo and parts of Chevy Chase, Potomac and Rockville.

Ours is one of the only mass transit systems in the country without a dedicated funding source, Korman said, and he wants to establish one.

Korman, 31, says it is his experience combined with the right message that makes him the man for the job. Economic prosperity and growth are the engines that will drive everything.

“Everything we want to do all relies on people having a little extra money in their pockets,” he said,

Korman, who has not yet filed his candidacy with the state elections board, created a website called www.marckorman.com.

Already in the race is Jordan Cooper, a fresh face whose background is in health care policy and Hrant Jamgochian, who ran and lost in the 2010 primary.

District 16 is now represented by Sen. Brian Frosh and Dels. Bill Frick, Ariana Kelly and Susan Lee. All four are Democrats. But if Frosh and Frick fight it out for attorney general, one delegate seat will open up. And if Lee goes for Frosh’s Senate seat — so will a second.

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