Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:01 PM
Published on: Thursday, June 13, 2013
By Donna Broadway
ROCKVILLE – After months of speculation and dismissals, Ike Leggett officially declared his intention to run for a third term as county executive.
In a statement posted on his personal website, Leggett declared his intention to run in the 2014 county executive race, citing closing of the $2.7 billion in budget shortfalls, growth of the biotechnology field and job growth as accomplishments of his time in office thus far.
“I believe that I am in the best position to continue the work I have begun to keep this County's fiscal house in order, further promote job growth, protect public safety, improve the quality of our great schools, make the county a more ‘welcoming’ community, enhance our environment, and build an even better future for our children and grandchildren,” Leggett said.
Leggett will be joined in the county executive race by Councilman Phil Andrews and former County Executive Doug Duncan. In May, Duncan told the Sentinel that Leggett said he would not run because of his wife and even encouraged Duncan to go full steam ahead with his campaign.
Duncan, who is the longest-serving county executive – with three terms from 1994-2006 – in the history of the office, said the county is not doing well.
“We’re coming out of a recession. We’re not doing well in Annapolis. We’re not doing well in terms of job growth. We’re not doing well in terms of transportation improvements. We need to make sure we’re moving forward in a lot of those areas to help improve the quality of life for the people of the county,” Duncan said.
Multiple possible candidates have expressed varying levels of interest in running for the county executive office, including: Councilman George Levanthal, Councilman Mark Elrich, Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, Del. Benjamin Kramer (D-19) and James Shalleck, an attorney and former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party.
Elrich and Kramer have said they would wait to announce their candidacies until Leggett announced his intentions. Neither of them could not reached for comment on this story. Levanthal said in November that he was making plans to run, but he later said Leggett has the best chance of winning.
Andrews is the only candidate to file with the state board of elections. The primary election will be held on June 24, 2014, and the general election will be held on Nov. 4, 2014. The deadline to file for candidacy is Feb. 24, 2014.
Posted By: John Sampson On: 6/18/2013
Title: Oh No
Ike needs to find a new place of employment. I guess many do not remember the sex scandal involving then council member Leggett????? I remember the graphic details.
Guess we should just move forward to new taxes and elect a dictator career hack like Leggett for life.
Is this the best the county can produce?