Hi, I’m George Leventhal, and I want to be your next County Executive.
I have dedicated my life and career in public service to progressive ideals, including advocating for the less fortunate, and creating a “government that works.” I am now proudly serving my 4th term as an at-large Democratic member of the Montgomery County Council. I’ve always made myself accessible to residents of this County – this is something I’m proud of, and as your next County Executive, I want to become your “common sense” partner in County government.
I have been a progressive force during my 15 years on the Council. I was first elected to the Council in 2002, served as Council President in 2006 and 2015, and I’ve been re-elected to office four times. I am humbled by the support I have earned from many residents of Montgomery County.
Currently, I chair the Montgomery County Council's Health and Human Services Committee, which is responsible for programs affecting our most vulnerable citizens – the disabled, mentally ill, poor, elderly neighbors, as well as the homeless, abused and abandoned children of our County. I also serve on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee which oversees the county’s economic development efforts and zoning laws.
I’ve been a Montgomery County resident for over 44 years. My passion for serving in public office began at the Federal level as legislative director and legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, and as a research assistant on the tax staff of the Senate Finance Committee under its then-chairman Lloyd Bentsen of Texas.
From 1996 to 2001, I served as chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. I played a leading role in many other political and community activities in the Takoma Park-Silver Spring area and throughout Montgomery County over the years, including championing efforts to build the Purple Line.
I hold a Master's degree in Public Administration from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, where I completed The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, a voluntary certificate program administered by the University of Maryland to help local officials meet the challenges of their roles.
I live in Takoma Park with my wife, Soraia Leventhal, and our two sons, Daniel, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Chico, a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park. I speak Spanish and Portuguese, and I am a member of Shirat HaNefesh synagogue.