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Ed Lazere offers a contrasting vision for the DC Council Chairman role, the Maryland GOP keeps attacking Aruna Miller but she continues to gain ground, Montgomery County council candidates debate Amazon HQ2, VA-10 Democrats didn't include housing and transportation as key issues, and more in our election link roundup. Want to stay on top of our 2018 election coverage? Sign up for our weekly newsletter!

A man experiencing homelessness wants to get on the ballot for DC mayor
Jeremiah Stanback, a man experiencing homelessness who is running for mayor, withdrew from the Democratic primary after opponents challenged the validity of some of his signatures. He now plans to run as an Independent, and hopes to get his name on the ballot by gathering 3,000 signatures by November. (Paul Schwartzman / Post)

Lazere offers his vision for the role of DC Council Chairman
Ed Lazere offers a contrasting view of the role of the Council Chairman. While Phil Mendelson is famously a dealmaker, Lazere believes the Chair should focus more on visionary leadership and open debate. That said, Lazere also hopes to make real progress on his progressive vision. “Homeless challenges and affordable housing challenges are so great that we have to move to the next level.” Given Lazere’s weak support for additional housing supply this election cycle, it is unclear how he plans to push DC to this next level. (Jeffrey Anderson / District Dig)

Bonds makes her case for reelection
Anita Bonds hit the campaign trail to make the case for her reelection, largely focusing on housing and employment concerns. “We need long-term solutions to affordable housing and to help DC residents to become financially independent and economically strong,” she said. To accomplish this, Bonds wants to expand the Home Purchase Assistance Program, help renters improve their credit scores, take full advantage of any Amazon presence in DC, and supports specific development projects. Bonds was criticized by Marcus Goodwin for comments she made about drugs and black unemployment. (James Wright / Afro)

VA-10 Democratic Primary overview
Democrats summarized where VA-10 Democrats stand on key issues, but unfortunately, housing and transportation did not make the cut. Candidate Dan Helmer does, however, make a nod to the importance of “updated transportation infrastructure” to fight climate change and create jobs. (Blue Virginia)

Maryland GOP continues attacks on Miller…
Maryland state Delegate Aruna Miller, who is running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District, was the target of another Maryland GOP mailer this week. Last week, Miller was accused of “rolling out the red carpet” for criminals. This week, the GOP claims that Miller is hoping to “bring drug dens to our neighborhoods,” citing her support for drug addiction and infectious disease treatment clinics. Democrats call these attacks desperate dog whistle attempts to protect Republican Amie Hoeber from a strong and compelling female opponent. (Paul Shwartzman / Post)

...But Miller continues to gain ground
The Sierra Club endorsed Miller this week in the eight-way Democratic primary. The environmental advocacy organization, which has 71,000 members and supporters in Maryland, cited Miller’s opposition to both fracking and a planned natural gas pipeline running under the Potomac River in western Maryland. In terms of fundraising, Miller and Potomac businessman David Trone remain ahead of the rest of the pack. That said, Trone is largely self-funding his campaign. (Louis Peck / Bethesda Magazine)

Jealous lands coveted endorsement
The Maryland State Education Association, which has 74,000 members, endorsed Ben Jealous in his effort to prevail in the crowded Democratic primary for the Maryland Gubernatorial election. (Ovetta Wiggins / Post)

Harris backs Alsobrooks in Prince George’s County
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) endorsed Maryland state’s attorney Angela Alsobrooks in the race for Prince George’s County executive. Harris, who has worked with Alsobrooks to implement a program to reduce recidivism in Prince George’s County, says that Alsobrooks has a “strong track record of getting things done.” (Rachel Chason / Post)

HQ2 debated in Montgomery County
Montgomery County Council District 1 candidates met for a debate hosted by Friends of White Flint. Candidates discussed issues such as what kinds of incentives should be put in place (if any) to lure Amazon HQ2, and just how concerned should Montgomery County leadership be about its debt. Two candidates, Bill Cook and Jim McGee, are against the $5 billion-plus tax incentive package to lure Amazon to Montgomery County. Cook also took a couple of shots at DC, and at Northern Virginia's schools. (Andrew Metcalf / Bethesda Magazine)