Four have applied so far to fill Montgomery’s District 5 council seat -- Gazette.Net


A retired high school principal, a Howard University law professor, a government contractor and a former town councilman are among the people who have applied to fill the soon-to-be vacant District 5 seat on the Montgomery County Council.

Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D) is stepping down Jan. 3 to become executive director of the Working Families Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in New York City.

The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 8.

The council plans to appoint someone to serve out the last 11 months of Ervin’s term by Jan. 31.

So far, applicants to fill the spot are: Jeanette Dixon of Silver Spring, Arthur H. Jackson Jr. of Takoma Park, Howard University law professor Harold McDougall and Daniel Wilhelm of Colesville, according to county records.

McDougall’s address was still being confirmed Thursday, council clerk Linda Lauer said.

Applicants are required to be residents of District 5 and registered Democrats.

Dixon served 30 years as a teacher and administrator with Montgomery County Public Schools, including 12 years as principal at Paint Branch High School before retiring in July, according to her resume.

She also served in various positions at Benjamin Banneker Middle School, Walter Johnson High School, Wheaton High School, Springbrook High School, While Oak Middle School and Parkland Junior High School.

Jackson has served on Montgomery County’s Cable Compliance Commission and Taxi Cab Advisory Board, and as a councilman for Fairmount Heights in Prince George’s County, among other positions.

McDougall has been a law professor at the Howard University School of Law since 2000, and also taught at Rutgers Law School, Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., CUNY Law School at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., and at Washington’s Catholic University School of Law.

In 1996-97, he worked as the national legislative director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the association’s Washington, D.C., office.

Wilhelm works at the MITRE Corp. in Annapolis Junction, but said in his letter to the council he would resign that job if appointed to fill Ervin’s seat.

He’s been active in the community since 1979, and is now president of the Greater Colesville Citizens Association and a former president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation, according to his resume.