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This story was corrected on April 7, 2014. An explanation follows the story.

Before Tom Moore was a politician, he covered them.

Now a Rockville city councilman, Moore worked as a reporter at Congressional Quarterly and at CNN before staying home to help raise his six children.

Now he works for Progressive Majority, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting progressive candidates in battleground states.

Moore, 45, is running for the Montgomery County District 3 council seat now held by Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D) of Gaithersburg, who is running for county executive.

Moore, along with Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel and Rockville resident Guled Kassim, is running in the June 24 Democratic primary to be the party’s candidate in the Nov. 4 general election. No Republican filed to run for the seat.

Moore said he believes his Rockville experience, where he has served since 2011 after losing his city council bid in 2009, would provide valuable experience on the County Council.

The Rockville council sells bonds and handles infrastructure issues, issues the county also deals with, he said.

His time on the council also has taught him how to work with colleagues and how to balance the needs of individual neighborhoods with those of the larger city, much as the County Council must balance the needs of one region or municipality against the needs of the county at large, he said.

Moore said he would use his seat on the council to try to address the issues of schools, growth and transportation, although he admitted there’s no “magic wand” to handle issues the county has been trying to deal with for years.

Among the major transportation project under consideration in the county are the Purple Line light rail project and the Corridor Cities Transitway. Moore said he’s looking forward to having the chance to shape what the county’s transportation future will look like.

A 1986 graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Moore said he lived in Wheaton, Bethesda and Gaithersburg before settling in Rockville, which will give him a good perspective on the needs of various parts of the county.

He said that as a district, rather than at-large, council member, he would try to take a broad view of issues before taking a step back to look at how a particular issue would affect his district.

After leaving CNN, Moore spent eight years raising three children. Through marriage, he gained three more children. The six children range in age from 7 to 16.

Then in 2006 he got his law degree from Georgetown Law School.

Since February, he has worked in Progressive Majority’s Washington office.

Moore said he thinks he can bring more to the job having been a candidate and elected official himself, and has also picked up some pointers he hopes to apply in his council race.

The dynamic of the district is interesting, with Katz, Spiegel and him all elected officials, he said.

Each candidate has good name recognition in his own area, and he’s hoping Spiegel and Katz will split the vote in Gaithersburg and leave Moore to win Rockville.

But the race also is notable for the candidate who is not running, after representing the district since 1998.

“None of us wanted to run against Phil [Andrews],” Moore said.



rmarshall@gazette.net

An earlier version of this story misstated the high school Moore attended and when he graduated from law school. It also misstated the number of children he has.