POLL: Who Would You Back for Montgomery County Executive?
A wide-open field is beginning to form, including some familiar names.
In politics, the campaign season—and the speculation about the next election—never ends. It just stops for a brief intermission. We call that Election Day.
With 2012 in the rear view and 2014 shaping up to be a wide-open race for Montgomery County Executive, candidates—and potential candidates—are gearing up.
The early race hit a higher gear on Wednesday as Patch’s Sebastian Montes reported that Douglas M. Duncan, a Democrat, is telling supporters that he will run to reclaim the County Executive post he held from 1994 to 2006.
Other familiar names could be on the primary ballot.
County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park held a 50th birthday party fundraiser last week to support his run for County Executive, The Washington Examiner reported.
Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg has also said he will run, The Gazette reported. State Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Dist. 19) of Derwood, the son of former County Executive Sidney Kramer, is taking a wait-and-see approach.
The man Kramer and others are waiting on is County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who recently told Patch that he hasn’t changed his mind about not seeking a third term—at least not “as of yet.”
“Yet” could come after New Year’s Day. Leggett told The Examiner he would “think about it after Jan. 1.”
Tell us what you think: What does Montgomery County need in its next County Executive? Is someone who already has held the position the man for the job? Should the next executive be a woman? Who would you like to see run?