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.
Larry Hogan is a Republican governor in a very blue state, Maryland, and is running for a second and final term with a favorability rating that has consistently hovered around 70 percent. That favorability rating is second among all governors. Only Republican Charlie Baker of another blue state, Massachusetts, has a higher favorability score.
Does any Democrat have a snowball's chance in hell to unseat this extremely popular incumbent governor? More specifically, does the Democrat who will be selected in the primary election on June 26 from a current field of nine candidates to challenge Governor Hogan in the general election in November have a fighting chance to unseat the incumbent?
The answer is a resounding yes, but only if the campaign focuses on the right issues; issues that will crack that favorability rating wide open and expose the reality of the past four years.
When deciding who should be their standard-bearer against Governor Larry Hogan (R), Maryland Democrats who are weary after a year of resistance to President Trump might be wary of another newcomer to politics who has never held elected office.
But 46-year-old Alec Ross – a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and former advisor to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – says he’s not that kind of newcomer.
“I’ve been in government, but I’m not a creature of government,” Ross said during an interview with the Sentinel last month.
ROCKVILLE — The four Democratic candidates running for Montgomery County Executive squared off in a debate Monday night to make their cases to County residents.
The debate, hosted by the Sentinel Newspapers, was an opportunity for the four men vying for the Democratic nomination for County Executive – Council members Marc Elrich (D-at large), George Leventhal (D-large), Roger Berliner (D-1) and Del. Bill Frick (D-16) – to separate themselves from one another.
New in this year’s election, is a campaign finance system. For those participating in it, the program limits donations to county executive candidates to $150 and matches a portion of donations with public money.
Debate moderator and Sentinel Newspapers Executive Editor Brian Karem asked the candidates if they took campaign contributions from developers.
Brian Crider, a computer scientist, says he was compelled to run for the House of Delegates in District 19 because of his concern for Maryland and his background in activism.
“I’ve been an activist for many years, and we’re just not making the progress we need,” said Crider. “I feel like we can do more, so my goal is to make Maryland better.”
Crider, a Democrat, says that part of what he hopes to do if elected is make people aware of resources that can help them. However, he also has a lot of ideas for things he wants to change.
Rockville City Council member Julie Palakovich Carr filed her paperwork this week to run for District-17 in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Palakovich Carr, a two-term member on the Rockville City Council, said she wanted to run for state government because she believes she can have a greater impact on education, transportation and economic issues at the state level.
“I decided to run because I think it's important to be pushing progressive reforms in Annapolis,” Palakovich Carr said.
BETHESDA – In between his law classes at American University, state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) introduced himself to voters at Bethesda’s Metro station as the Democratic nominee for the eighth congressional district.
Meanwhile, Republican nominee Dan Cox, a Frederick County lawyer, spent his final hours before the election crisscrossing between Frederick, Montgomery and Carroll counties as a final push before polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Republican voting for Clinton
To the editor;
I am among those Republicans who have re-registered as Unaffiliated.
I was a life-long Republican. I have never voted for a Democrat since first voting in 1972.. This year I will be voting for the Democratic candidates for President, the US Senate, and the US House of Representatives. The Republican nominee for President does not represent conservative, Republican values and is unfit to be President. Yet he has not been repudiated by either the national Republican party nor by most Republican candidates.
More than 27,000 Montgomery County residents cast ballots through the first six days of early voting for federal primaries and the Board of Education, with Democrats casting 83 percent of all ballots.
Registered voters have from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cast ballots April 21, the last day of early voting in Maryland before the April 26 primary election.
From April 14 through April 19, voters cast 23,126 ballots in the Democratic primary, nearly six times the 4,047 ballots cast by Republican voters.