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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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Minimum wage hike affects local businesses in MoCo

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When Ron Newmyer closed his family restaurant for good right before the July 4th holiday, it marked the end of a popular restaurant that had been serving customers in the Silver Spring area since 1989.

Newmyer blamed several factors that led him to shuttering Armand’s Chicago Pizza on Seminary Road, including the County’s decision to increase the minimum wage each year between now and July 2022.

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Elrich wins by 80 votes

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Board of Elections still needs to certify closest County Executive race in recent memory

Council member Marc Elrich.  FILE PHOTOCouncil member Marc Elrich. FILE PHOTO  With all the ballots counted, Council member Marc Elrich is the unofficial winner of the Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive.

After days of vote-counting, and a race that was too close to call on Election Night, Elrich edged businessman David Blair by just 80 votes after Montgomery County Board of Elections officials finished counting ballots late Sunday evening.

With all ballots counted, Elrich has 37,529 votes, with 29.02 percent of the total count, while Blair came in second, with 37,449 and 28.95 percent of the vote.

The results are unofficial as the Montgomery County Board of Elections has yet to certify the results, which it will do during its meeting on July 16, but as of now Elrich is the leading vote-getter with no more ballots yet to be counted.

“I’m excited, there’s a lot of work to do... but I’m excited to have the opportunity to take that on,” Elrich told the Sentinel shortly after he learned of the results.

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Floreen jumps into Exec race

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Nancy FloreenCouncil member Nancy Floreen. FILE PHOTO  More than a week after filing her intent to run, Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen has announced she will run as an independent for County Executive in a move local political watchers say could severely divide the Democratic vote in November.

Meanwhile, Republican Robin Ficker says he isn’t concerned if Floreen gets on the ballot – or not. “I think I will win whether or not she gets her signatures and gets on the ballot,” Ficker said.

While Floreen filed her paperwork to run last week, she said she only did so to meet the July 2 deadline, saying at the time in a statement she had yet to make up her mind as not all the votes had been counted in the Democratic Primary with no winner declared.

Now that fellow County Council member Marc Elrich is the unofficial winner of the Democratic Primary, Floreen announced Wednesday her intent to enter the race as an independent.

“I am a candidate for County Executive – unexpectedly, I admit – because it would be a terrible loss for this county to fall into the sort of polarized posturing that has poisoned our national Politics,” Floreen said in a statement. “That’s not my way. I want to get things done for all of us.”

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Elrich, Ficker and Floreen

Elrich Ficker FloreenAnd so it’s over – or is it?
Councilman Marc Elrich apparently survived an attempt by local businessman Donald Trump, I mean David Trone, I mean David Blair to buy the Democratic nomination for county executive. By just 80 votes Elrich emerged victorious from this summer’s primary election only to face a cornucopia of challenges headed into the fall general election.

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Elrich unofficial winner of Democratic Primary for County Executive

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County Councilman Marc Elrich with some of his supporters at his watch party on Primary Night.  PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVCounty Councilman Marc Elrich with some of his supporters at his watch party on Primary Night. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  With all ballots counted, Council member Marc Elrich is the unofficial winner of the Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive.

After days of vote counting, and a race that was too close to call on election night, Elrich edges businessman David Blair by just 80 votes after Montgomery County Board of Elections officials finished counting ballots late Sunday evening.

With all ballots counted, Elrich has 37,529 votes with 29.02 percent of the total count, while Blair came in second with 37,449 and 28.95 percent of the vote.

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Elrich lead shrinks to 149

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Council member Marc Elrich still leads David Blair for County Executive spot

County Council member Marc Elrich leads businessman David Blair by 149 votes in the race for the County Executive Democratic nomination.  FILE PHOTOMarc Elrich (left) leads David Blair by 149 votes in the Democratic slot for November's County Executive race. FILE PHOTOMore than a week after elections, the Democratic Primary for County Executive is still too close to call.

Election night and early-voting totals originally had Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large) in the lead by fewer than 500 votes to businessman David Blair. Now that lead has shrunk to just 149 votes, as County election officials continue to count absentee votes.

On Thursday County election officials will count the remaining 2,600 Democratic provisional ballots. On Friday, the Board of Elections staff will count the remaining absentee ballots, which they should complete by Saturday, a likely time when there will be a projected winner in the County Executive Democratic Primary.

“At that time, I expect we will still be opening ballots...and tabulating through Saturday July 7,” said Alysoun McLaughlin, deputy election director for the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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Nancy Floreen files for County Exec as independent

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Nancy Floreen.  FILE PHOTO  Nancy Floreen. FILE PHOTO  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.

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"Too Close to Call"

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Marc Elrich currently leads David Blair by only 149 votes for County Executive spot

County Executive candidates, left to right, Marc Elrich and David Blair speak to their supporters Tuesday night; the election results are still too close to call. PHOTOS BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV AND GEORGE SMITH  County Executive candidates, left to right, Marc Elrich and David Blair speak to their supporters Tuesday night; the election results are still too close to call.         PHOTOS BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV AND GEORGE SMITH  The Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive is too close to call.

County Council member Marc Elrich currently leads businessman David Blair by just under 150 votes, with 14,902 absentee ballots and 3,614 provisional ballots yet to be counted.

"I'm in a race against a guy who spent uncounted millions, a newspaper that strayed from reporting and just strictly made everything editorial and a group of developers that just spent a lot of money to make sure that I didn't get elected ... and it doesn't look like they've succeeded."

With all the votes from Election Day and early voting counted, Elrich currently has 36,117 votes to Blair’s 35,968 votes, but votes from absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. The winner of the Democratic Primary will face Republican Robin Ficker, who ran unopposed in the Republican Primary in November’s General Election.

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