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MC DC Kill the Music Cancel the Victory Dance“Excellent Smithers. Release the hounds.”
Or, if you prefer, “The die is cast.”
New or ancient reference, the bottom line is there’s a three-way race now underway for County Council.
Marc Elrich, the Democrat is squared off against Republican Robin Ficker - the notorious gadlfy popular for a variety of things, including yelling at professional basketball players and getting a term limit measure leveled on county councilmembers.
That move alone has earned Ficker a huge following as county voters, unable to move themselves into a voting booth, can now rely on term limits to automatically kick out the best, the worst and the mediocre councilmembers after three consecutive terms.
Ficker hopes to turn his popularity into a trip to the County Executive’s chair and guess what? He has a better chance than most Republicans in this very blue county at getting the results he wants.
The reason is twofold. It isn’t just that voters love the idea of automatically kicking out the rascals.
One of those rascals, Nancy Floreen (a Democrat) has apparently obtained enough signatures to enter the race as an independent.

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Jealous lays out plan for Maryland as next governor

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Ben Jealous, Democrat candidate for governor.  FILE PHOTOBen Jealous, Democrat candidate for governor. FILE PHOTOThere are three key issues that Ben Jealous wants the residents of Maryland to know he stands for: education, healthcare, and building a better economy.

“Our focus is on fully funding education, making sure that we have a healthcare system that works better for everyone, and building a more robust economy,” Jealous said during a phone interview last Friday.

Jealous, who represents the Democratic candidate nomination for governor, says he is very focused on speaking to the people who support him and to the rest of the people, who are getting to know him for the first time.

“Healthcare premiums have skyrocketed on Larry Hogan’s watch,” said Jealous, “we have the worst economic growth in the region, Hogan is the first governor in decades to lose a Fortune 500 company, and our schools have fallen from first to sixth [in the country] on his watch,” said Jealous. “Also, there is a need for a governor who will actually stand up to Donald Trump!” he said.

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Elrich and Ficker begin fall campaign for County Exec

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Elrich FickerMontgomery County executive candidates Marc Elrich (left) and Robin Ficker. FILE PHOTOSDemocratic and Republican nominees for Montgomery County Executive, as well as a potential independent candidate have begun campaigning for November’s General Election. 

Republican candidate Robin Ficker, an attorney and political activist from Boyds, has begun a social media push that takes aim at bringing awareness to something he calls the “Takoma Park Trapezoid.” 

Ficker, who was born in Takoma Park and grew up in Silver Spring, said that the southeastern portion of the County, which includes Takoma Park and Silver Spring has too much influence, citing that three of the four Democratic nominees for County Council atlarge are from either Takoma Park or Silver Spring. In addition, Ficker’s opponent for County Executive, Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large), lives in Takoma Park.

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Ashman backs a second term for Hogan

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Jud AshmanGaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman. COURTESY PHOTOGAITHERSBURG — Mayor Jud Ashman has endorsed Governor Larry Hogan in his bid for reelection this fall.

While Gaithersburg, like many other Maryland municipalities, has nonpartisan elections, Ashman is a registered Democrat. 

Formerly a Republican, Ashman switched his party affiliation in the mid-2000s.

“I was disenchanted by the policies of the George W. Bush administration,” Ashman said. “I started voting Democratic, even before I changed my registration. I believe the last Republican I voted for was [former Representative] Connie Morella. Whether I’ve been registered as a Republican or a Democrat, I’ve always been a centrist.”

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Blair Demands Recount

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Second place finisher for Democratic nomination for County Executive lost by 79 votes

David Blair  FILE PHOTODavid Blair. FILE PHOTOOn Tuesday, Democratic Candidate for Montgomery County Executive and businessman David Blair said he plans to request a recount from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Blair, who lost the Democratic Primary to Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large), said in a letter to supporters that given how close the race was, it is worth requesting a recount. On Monday, the Montgomery County Board of Elections certified Elrich’s victory, as he defeated Blair by 79 votes.

“We share the desire to have a nominee chosen in a timely manner so the party can come together and prepare for the General Election,” Blair said. “On the other hand, we fully believe that participation in the electoral process is the hallmark of our democracy, and it is imperative that all ballots are accurately counted.”

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Congratulations to sitting judges

gavel2This week the Republican and Democratic voters of Montgomery County voted to elect to full fifteen year terms seven sitting judges previously appointed by the Governor as Associate Judges of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The judges were required to go through an, because under the Maryland Constitution they are required to stand for election in the first general election after their appointment to the bench.

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Hogan and Jealous kick off governor’s campaign

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Days after Ben Jealous won the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made one of his latest reelection campaign stops in Gaithersburg for Summerfest.

Hogan has been reluctant to make statements attacking any of his potential Democratic opponents for the November 2018 election until now.

Jealous, who was the former president and CEO of the NAACP, won the Democratic nomination as a progressive, promising to bring a single-payer-style healthcare system to Maryland, to reform the criminal justice system and to make all four-year universities “debt free.”

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Democrats kiss and make up for Fall fight

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MCDCC logo SquareCounty Democrats set their target directly on ending the Republican stronghold on the presidency, Congress and the state governorship at a June 28 pep rally to kick off the November General Election campaign.

Only two days after the state primary, winners and losers alike spoke only of solidarity at the annual Kiss and Make Up Unity Party the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee sponsored at the Marriott in Bethesda.

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Trone successful in bid to secure 6th District nomination

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David Trone mugshot 2 5 16David Trone won the Democratic Primary nomination for District 6 on Tuesday night. FILE PHOTOGAITHERSBURG — Businessman and Congressional candidate David Trone won the District 6 primary for the Democratic Party with 22,855 votes with 237 of 237 Election Day precincts reporting, or 40.4 percent of votes counted.

“It’s fantastic,” said Trone outside Shady Grove Metro Station Wednesday, about the win. “It’s fantastic that the voters trusted us. But most important is that the voters trusted our values.”

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