With nearly a year before voting begins, eight women have entered the Democratic Primary for one of the five seats opening up on the Montgomery County Council in 2022.
According to the Washington Post, women looking to improve gender parity on the council, where women currently make up about 10% of its members. Out of the 50 people who have served on the council, only 19 have been women.
Current Council Member Nancy Navarro was the only woman elected in 2018 to the nine chair council. And Navarro cannot seek reelection due to term limits.
In December 2022, two new positions will open following voter approval in the November elections, according to Bethesda Magazine. Three seats will open due to term limits.
According to her website, Sayles has served on the Montgomery County Community Action Advisory Board and Executive Board, the City of Gaithersburg Economic and Business Development Committee, and the City’s Education Enrichment Committee. She was also appointed to serve on the MCPS Roundtable to address overcrowding in the Gaithersburg Cluster and is the first Black person ever elected to the Gaithersburg City Council.
The primary election will be held on June 28, 2022, and the general election will be on Nov. 8, 2022. The deadline to file is Feb. 22, 2022.