Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007

Kirill Reznik tapped to be new delegate for Dist. 39

Tight race tipped by one vote; governor must approve selection

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Montgomery County Democrats last week chose Kirill Reznik of Germantown to succeed state Sen. Nancy King as a District 39 state delegate.

‘‘There is obviously a lot to think about right now,” said Reznik, 33, an attorney and international business development professional for the QED Group LLC in Washington, D.C. ‘‘I’m hoping to get in before a special session, if there will be one.”

If the governor approves Reznik by Sept. 27, he will join delegates Saqib Ali of Gaithersburg and Charles E. Barkley of Germantown to represent the district, which includes Montgomery Village, North Potomac, Darnestown, parts of Germantown and Washington Grove.

King left the Democratic seat when the governor appointed her to replace former state Sen. Patrick J. Hogan, who stepped down last month.

Reznik, a central committee member elected last year and former president of the Young Democrats of Montgomery County, was selected in a tight vote by the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee on Sept. 11. The five candidates were Reznik, Hugh A. Bailey, Juan Miguel Cardenas, Arthur H. Jackson Jr. and Tony Puca.

Reznik received 12 of 23 members’ votes and Bailey received 11, said committee member and spokesman Milton J. Minneman.

Jackson did not appear for his committee interview and Puca was hospitalized the day of the vote following a car crash, Minneman said.

Reznik, who is single, moved to Germantown three years ago from Silver Spring. He says he will focus on the budget, education, transportation and environment.

‘‘As someone who is a practicing business development professional, I think small business development is key,” he said.

He will pursue more small business grant opportunities, especially for minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

Reznik, who served on the county’s Committee on Hate⁄Violence, is a proponent of expanding state hate-crime legislation.

‘‘We need to make sure that the residents of our county feel safe wherever they go, regardless of their race or their religion or their national origin or their sexual origin, et cetera,” he said.

Reznik and his family immigrated to the United States from Ukraine (then the Soviet Union) when he was 4, he said.

‘‘I grew up with my parents constantly discussing politics at the dinner table ... international politics,” he said. ‘‘It’s almost like breathing to me.”

Coming from an environment where political views were verboten to one ‘‘where you were allowed to talk,” has been a powerful influence, Reznik said.

‘‘My parents bred into me that I not only should, but had to, participate,” he said.