Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett will not seek a fourth term in that office, according to media reports.
Leggett, 72, has been the County Executive since first being elected to the post in 2006. According to the Washington Post, on Sunday Leggett told an audience at an anti-term limits rally in Silver Spring that he wasn’t going to seek re-election. “I don’t want to use the word retire, but I’m not running,” said Leggett according to the Washington Post.
Leggett confirmed his plans to vacate the County Executive’s post after his current term ends on January 1, 2019, to Bethesda Beat saying, “I’m not running again. Period.”
While Leggett’s first public statement about not seeking a fourth-term came at an anti-term limits fundraiser on Sunday, he said his decision has nothing to do with the term-limit movement which has gained enough traction to be on the ballot for the general election on Nov. 8.
The term-limits question, Question B on the November Ballot, was supported by longtime Montgomery County Republican political figure Robin Flicker of Boyds, calls for the County Executive and members of the County Council be limited to three consecutive terms in office.
Leggett’s announcement opens up a spot for his likely successor, among those expected to seek the County Executive’s seat are current Democratic councilmembers; Craig Rice, who represents Germantown and the Upcounty, Marc Elrich an At-Large member of the Council, Nancy Floreen, current Council President and At-Large member, Roger Berliner, who represents Potomac-Bethesda, and George Leventhal, an At-Large member of the Council. Although, no one has officially stated that they will be running for the seat that point.
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