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Candidates begin throwing hats into the ring


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Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2013

By Shannon McHale

ROCKVILLE - Montgomery County has been buzzing with election rumors for the past year and a half, but things are heating up this month. On April 9, the Maryland State Board of Elections began allowing individuals to file their Certificates of Candidacy for both state and county elections. At the Sentinel, we did some digging to find out who’s running and who’s not, and reached out to rumored candidates for confirmation or denial of their candidacy.

So far, the most talked about race in the county has been that for County Executive. Former County Executive Doug Duncan, as well as current County Councilmembers Phil Andrews, Valerie Ervin, and George Leventhal, are all rumored to run for the office. Andrews is the only one who’s filed his candidacy with the board, and did so within the last week. Duncan has confirmed that he’ll run, but hasn’t filed. He’s scheduled a campaign event in Gaithersburg on May 19, so it’s safe to say he’s probably running – but his paperwork is nowhere to be found yet.

Ervin vehemently denied her candidacy for County Executive, emphasizing that she “never said” she was running for it. “That’s a rumor,” said Ervin. “There are people who would love it if I did, but I never said I was running for County Executive. I have no idea what I am doing in the future.”

George Leventhal remained quiet on the matter, as did current County Executive Ike Leggett, whose office can “neither confirm nor deny” whether Leggett will run for re-election in 2014.

There have been no filings for the County Council, State’s Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, or the Democratic and Republican Central Committees at large. Incumbent Sherriff Darren Mark Popkin filed and announced his campaign for re-election.

Councilmen Hans Riemer and Craig Rice have confirmed that they will run for re-election, but neither councilman had filed their candidacy forms as of April 23. Riemer said he hasn’t done it yet because he’s busy with the council and the deadline is far away.  Candidates have until 5 p.m. on August 4 to file for candidacy, according to the Board of Election’s website.

In the state’s General Assembly, four of Montgomery County’s incumbents filed their candidacy and announced they would be running for re-election. All representatives from Legislative District 14, one of the six districts that encompass Montgomery County, have filed their candidacy for re-election. This includes Senator Karen S. Montgomery and delegates Anne R. Kaiser, Eric Luedtke, and Craig J. Zucker. Districts 15, 17, 18, 19, and 20 remain unaccounted for in the election thus far, and District 16 has one new, semi-unknown candidate: Democrat Jordan P. Cooper, a former aide in the House of Delegates, is running for a delegate position expected to vacate this year if current representative William C. Frick runs for attorney general as expected.

The vacancy in District 16 remains speculation, as there have been no filings for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, or Attorney General. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has not addressed the rumors that he’ll be running for Governor this election. Brown is, however, holding an event on May 10 at Prince George’s Community College. Rumor has it that he’ll announce his candidacy for Governor then, but the Lt. Governor’s office will not comment on those rumors.

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