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Candidates test new campaign finance system

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MoCo LogoMore than a year from the 2018 primary election, candidates for County offices are heading in to a new territory of publicly-financed campaigns,

In 2014, the County Council passed a law to publicly finance County elections in hopes to counter the impact of campaign donations from large businesses and political action committees.

Montgomery County is the first county in the state to have publicly-financed elections, meaning the new funding system for candidates is untested.

“It leads some people running for office to look more to grassroots and small donations,” said Ed Amatetti, a Republican candidate for County Council District-2 on the new campaign finance system.

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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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Ike wins and Democrats return in county council

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IkeLeggettMontgomery County voters made their preferences clear tonight for County Executive and County Council, keeping all the incumbents in power. In races with Republican opposition, Democrats still took about twice as many votes as their challengers.

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Facing an uphill battle

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jim shalleckGetting his message to the people has been an uphill challenge for James Shalleck, a Gaithersburg attorney who’s taking on Ike Leggett for Montgomery County Executive.

The former Bronx, N.Y. DA who prosecuted David Berkowitz – the infamous Son of Sam killer – said running as a Republican is difficult in this county, but he’s still optimistic and incredibly inspired. Shalleck said he’s happy about how the race is going so far, and he loves the way Republicans are working together.

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