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County Executive race is now ON!

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About four months after the presidential election and just days before the start of filing for candidates, the race for County Executive is starting to heat up.

For the first time since 2006 there will be an open seat in the County Executive Office building in 2018 leading to an array of contenders to replace the outgoing County Executive Ike Leggett. The candidate filing period begins Feb. 28 and the primary election is June 26.

Leggett, who has said his current term will be his last, cannot run for re-election after voters in November passed a referendum on term limits, limiting members of the County Council and the County Executive to three consecutive, four-year terms.

The chief proponent of the term limit referendum is also one of the first people to enter the County Executive Race – Robin Ficker.

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By the cold light of day

 

Jamie Raskin

The 2016 Maryland primary is history and we may in fact be tempted to look back on this moment some 20 years from now as a turning point in the electoral process.

In the U.S. Senate race between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards we had two elected officials with track records running for the seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

In the 8th Congressional race we stared into the abyss of an election that at the moment is being vilified as the most expensive congressional primary  race in U.S. history.

It appears the cold light of reality is providing some warmth for those who profess to still have faith in the system.

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Former principal and incumbent win B.O.E.

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PhilKauffmanbyMarkPoetkerIncumbent-at-large Phil Kauffman. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

A past high school principal of Montgomery County Public Schools and the incumbent at-large Board of Education member received the most votes during the Maryland primary election Tuesday.

With 98.5 of the precincts counted, first-time candidate Jeanette Dixon received 31.48 percent with 51,492 votes, while 45,693, or 27.93 percent, voted for incumbent at-large board of education member Philip Kauffman. These two selected from five total will proceed to the general election, where one will be elected to the at-large seat.

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Raskin Wins!

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Most expensive congressional primary in history won by local legislator

DSC 8724State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) is surrounded by well-wishers as he celebrates his Democratic primary victory for Congress. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

SILVER SPRING – State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) was a $10 million underdog.

Now the progressive legislator is one step closer to Congress after he won the Democratic primary for the  8th congressional district Tuesday night.

“My voice is tired tonight,” Raskin said at the Silver Spring Civic Center. “But my heart is on fire.”

Raskin won with the district with 37.97 percent of the vote, earning 35,982 votes. He placed third in Frederick and Carroll counties but overwhelmed his opposition in Montgomery.

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And so now we vote...

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It’s that wonderful time of the year following the cherry blossoms and prior to the dreary dog days of summer when the ground bakes and your head aches.

It’s that delicious time when it’s too hot and too cold all within a 24-hour span and we can expect rain, hail, maybe some snow and definitely some sunshine.

It’s spring when a man with a political fancy turns to voting.

This primary season there are about 70 candidates on the ballot in Montgomery and all of them have something to offer.

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Early voting is a county hit

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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.

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District 5 vote still pending

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evan glassSILVER SPRING - Every vote counts, especially in District 5. With little more than 100 votes separating the first and second place winner, candidates are looking to absentee and provisional ballots to declare a clear winner.

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