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Jurgena and Rice Square Off in District 2 Council Race


By Kevin O’Rourke

Republican challenger Dick Jurgena is challenging Democratic incumbent Craig Rice for the District 2 County Council Seat.

Jurgena—a 75-year-old, cowboy hat wearing small business owner—is a Darnestown resident whose main campaign battle cry is ending one-party rule in Montgomery County. “There is currently only one elected official in all of Montgomery County who is not a Democrat,” said Jurgena on his campaign website. “I believe that is creating such one-sided views of the county's programs and policies that we are following the footsteps of Detroit and Chicago to bankruptcy.”

Jurgena says he is not a career politician. He is running to end one-party rule. He would also like to set eight-year or two-term limits on all members of the County Council, and has pledged to serve no more than two terms, if elected.