Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen (D-at large), has filed her declaration of intent to run for Montgomery County Executive as an independent candidate according to documents she filed with the Montgomery County Board of Elections on Monday.
Floreen, who declined to answer question when reached, released a statement saying she is waiting for the final votes to be counted in the Democratic Primary before she makes her final decision as to whether she will run as an independent candidates for County Executive.
“I believe ALL Democrats, Republicans, and independents would benefit from a third, independent choice,” Floreen said in a statement. “I will announce my final decision on candidacy once all the primary votes for County Executive have been tabulated and certified.”
While Floreen filed her paperwork declaring her intent to run for County Executive as an independent, she said she would have rather waited for there to be a clear winner in the Democratic Primary before she made a final decision, but had to file to her declaration of intent to run before the July 2 deadline.
“Let me be clear: I would like to have waited for the final count of ballots in the County Executive race. However, State law sets July 2 as the deadline for declaring an independent candidacy,” Floreen said in a statement.
Currently, Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large) and businessman David Blair are still locked in a tightly-contested Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive. Currently, Elrich leads Blair by 149 votes, but there are still thousands of provisional and absentee ballots that have yet to be counted.
In a letter to the County Board of Election, Floreen said she is intending to switch her party affiliation from Democrat to independent at the first availability which will be by July 9.
For 16 years, Floreen has served as a member of the County Council spending much of that time as chair of the County Council Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee. Because of an amendment to the County charter that voters passed in 2016 limiting members of the County Council to three consecutive terms, Floreen could not seek reelection in 2018.
Prior to her election to the County Council in 2002, Floreen served as the Mayor of Garrett Park for one-and-a-half terms.