As the County waits for the results of last week’s election in the County Executive race, things got a lot more interesting Monday, as longtime Democratic Councilmember Nancy Floreen filed an Intent to Declare Candidacy with the Maryland Board of Elections to run for County Executive in the November General Election as an Independent candidate.
Floreen confirmed the filing in a statement late Monday afternoon.
Floreen, who lives in Garrett Park, explained the statement that she filed the paperwork but has not ultimately made the decision to run. However, she was forced to file an Intent to Declare statement with the Board of Elections by state law.
“Let me be clear,” the statement read, “I would like to have waited for the final count of ballots in the County Executive race. However, State law sets July 2 as the deadline for declaring an independent candidacy.”
Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Board of Elections continue to count the absentee and provisional ballots of the County Executive election. Currently, businessman David Blair trails Councilmember Marc Elrich by just 149 votes. However, David Blair was the largest vote-getter in that first batch of absentee ballots with 980 or 31.2 percent. Elrich received 757 votes or 24.1 percent in the first canvass of absentee ballots. Blair closed the lead by 183 votes.
Floreen’s statement continued, “I did not support either David Blair or Marc Elrich. Whichever candidate prevails in the count will do so with less than 30 percent of the third of Democrats who voted — a fraction of a fraction. That’s less than 40,000 votes in a County of more than a million.”
“I believe ALL Democrats, Republicans, and independents would benefit from a third, independent choice,” said Floreen’s statement. “I will announce my final decision on candidacy once all the primary votes for County Executive have been tabulated and certified.”
Provisional ballots will be counted on Thursday, July 5, and remaining absentee ballots returned by the statutory deadline will begin being canvassed on Friday, July 6.
If she decides to run as an Independent candidate, it will set up a three-way race for County Executive in the November General Election. Floreen would face Robin Ficker, the Boyds resident ran unopposed in the Republican primary, and the ultimate winner of the Democratic primary either Elrich or Blair.
Floreen’s entry into the race would give voters a female candidate to in November. As it stands, the only female member of the nine-person Council would be District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro. The only other possibility for another female on the Council would be if Penny Musser, a Republican At-Large candidate from Boyds, were to be elected. If elected, Floreen would be the first female Montgomery County Executive.
Floreen, who will be forced out of the At-Large Council seat she’s occupied since first being elected in 2002 by the County’s newly implemented term limits. She cannot run for another four-year term on the council. Before serving on the County Council, Floreen served as the chair of the council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee. She is also a former mayor of Garrett Park.
During the primary election Floreen supported former Rockville mayor Rose Krasnow. Krasnow finished third in the primary.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.