The countywide election results are up, and incomplete at best, but it's a given that Ike Leggett is our new County Executive, Marc Elrich and Duchy Trachtenberg are our new At-Large Councilmembers, and Valerie Ervin is our new District 5 Councilwoman.
The Clarksburg scandal not only destroyed the credibility of the Planning Board, it awakened a frustration with development and the problems it causes that has been simmering for years. Neighbors for a Better Montgomery, unfortunately one of the County's most influential interest groups now, tapped into that discontent and has used it to bring in a wave of slow-growth candidates into Montgomery County.
I am not so much disappointed in Silverman's loss - after all, the writing is on the wall that he isn't the most honest guy - as I am in the possibility that slow growth becomes no growth as we drop building moratoriums all over the County while waiting to build road and transit projects to which our newly elected officials have a dubious commitment.
I think the question now is whether the "sensible growth" Leggett, Elrich and Trachtenberg have pushed for will be any better than the "sensible growth" the End Gridlock team talked about four years ago. Will our schools and roads still be crowded in 2010? Will the new direction that Montgomery County takes be beneficial in the long run? And, most importantly, can slower growth still provide jobs and housing for a growing population? I'm not even sure if that makes sense, but we are about to find out.