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Leggett wants a meeting with Jealous before he’ll offer endorsement

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IkeLeggettIke Leggett FILE PHOTOLike some of the state’s Democrats, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has yet to give his endorsement in the gubernatorial race.

Usually in politics, politicians are quick to endorse fellow party members in general election campaigns, but some Democrats around the state have held back on an endorsement, including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

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Floreen gets the signatures

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Says she still won’t call herself a candidate for county executive until ratified

Nancy Floreen smiles as she turns in her petition signatures.  COURTESY PHOTONancy Floreen smiles as she turns in her petition signatures. COURTESY PHOTOGAITHERSBURG — At-large County Council member Nancy Floreen said she is waiting for her paperwork to be processed before she will call herself a candidate for County Executive.

The four-term member of the County Council surprised many after she announced she would switch her party affiliation from Democrat to independent and make a run for County Executive. While her candidacy is not official yet, that has not stopped Floreen from campaigning.

On Monday, Floreen invited members of the media to watch as she turned in a petition with 20,343 signatures, calling for her to be placed on the November ballot. The 20,343 signatures are significantly more than the roughly 7,000 signatures Floreen needs from Montgomery County voters, but the signatures still have to be verified by Montgomery County Board of Elections staff, before Floreen’s name can be placed on the ballot.

Floreen said she is running in part because she is concerned about economic growth in the County and that the Democratic candidate, Council member Marc Elrich, will not be able to accommodate the needs of businesses.

“We are going to create a culture of making businesses feel that they add some value to our community,” Floreen said. “That’s only part of it – just part of it – but if we want to support our incredible school system, our park system, what our employees need, we need a tax base that will allow us to do that.”

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Hogan makes his pitch to Montgomery County

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BETHESDA — Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is not shy about his ambitions for 2018. 

He boasts about his high approval rating – 69 percent according to a Goucher Poll. He said he is confident that Amazon will place its new headquarters in the state, and he has declared he will do what no Republican gubernatorial candidate has done since 1990 – win Montgomery County.

“You know, a lot of people kind of laugh at that one, just liked they laugh at me saying I was going to be elected governor,” Hogan said about his declaration he will win Montgomery County in November’s election. “I think the people in Montgomery County – although I think it’s three to one, Democrat to Republican – I think they appreciate the job that we’ve done.”

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Gov. Hogan continues to enjoy high approval ratings

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Gov. Larry Hogan at ICC dedicationGov. Larry Hogan (R) at the dedication of ICC in 2017. FILE PHOTOIn progressive Maryland, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, Gov. Larry Hogan currently enjoys a 70-percent approval rating.

He’s politically outnumbered in the House of Delegates, where 90 of the 141 delegates are Democrats. But since taking office on Jan. 15, 2015, as Maryland’s 62nd governor, Hogan has achieved, at least in part, many of his campaign promises, including cutting tolls, regulations and taxes.

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New faces for Montgomery County legislative delegation as two incumbents lose their seats

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The Montgomery County delegation in the Maryland General Assembly will have at least 10 new legislators heading to Annapolis for the 2019 legislative session.

Of the 32 Democrats who represent the County in the state’s legislative body, two incumbents, Del. Marice Morales (District 19) and Del. Shane Robinson (District 39), lost their party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary election after being successfully overtaken by challengers.

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Voter turnout climbs for primaries but not as much as some people thought

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campaign signsElection campaign signs lay discarded in a pile by the Silver Spring Library. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKTurnout was up, but not as high as some had predicted

While voters here didn’t rush to the polls in record numbers as some had predicted, turnout did increase throughout the County when compared with the 2014 gubernatorial primary. 

However, it was not as high as the 2016 presidential election primary.

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Ficker wins GOP nom for County Executive, Amatetti faces Rice in council race, other GOP members to run in at-large race

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Attorney Robin Ficker won the Republican nomination for Montgomery County Executive Tuesday night and will take on either Council member Marc Elrich or businessman David Blair in November’s general election.

Ficker has spent years in Montgomery County as a political activist successfully campaigning for voter referendums on term limits and a requirement of unanimous approval for a property tax increase.

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Riemer, Jawando, Glass, and Albornoz advance

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In a field that included 33 candidates, incumbent Council member Hans Riemer, along with newcomers Will Jawando, Evan Glass, and Gabe Albornoz emerged victorious to secure Democratic nominations for the County’s four at-Large County Council seats in November’s general election.

“This has been an amazing race. There’s so many people running for Council, a lot of really wonderful and qualified people. The county's in a really good position and we have a lot of great people serving on the Council,” Riemer said during a watch party at the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring.

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Maryland early voting starts Thursday

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Starting Thursday, people who wish to vote in person can vote at any for early voting poll location in their county. Designated Polling places will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., through and including June 21 for early voting. Maryland residents can also vote in person on election day at their assigned voting location for their residence from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Maryland Board of Elections recommends residents try to vote between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to avoid delays on election day. A list of designated early voting locations is available at elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.

 

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District 20 candidates show few differences

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TAKOMA PARK — Seven Democratic candidates seeking to represent District 20 voters in the Maryland House of Delegates found themselves mainly in agreement as they spoke to voters at a forum Tuesday evening.

With little daylight between them, the candidates gave similar responses to questions on a variety of topics, including Interstate 495 traffic, taxes, education, economic development, and the environment.

Hosted jointly by the Women’s Democratic Club, The District 20 Breakfast Club, The Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Montgomery Green Democrats, and the District 20 Caucus at Takoma Park Middle School, and moderated by former State delegate Karen Britto (District 16), the event featured incumbent delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins, immigration attorney Fatmata Barrie, community activist Lorig Charkoudian, data analyst Malik Lendzondzo, labor organizer Darian Unger, and lawyer George Zokle.

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