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It Will Be a Three-Way Race for County Executive; Floreen Declares Candidacy; Blair Has Not Yet Give

First, there were seven candidates for Montgomery County Executive. Then there were two. Now, there are three candidates for the top political spot in the County. Councilmember Nancy Floreen has officially declared her candidacy for County Executive. She will take on Marc Elrich who won the Democratic Primary Election by just 80 votes over David Blair. The Blair Campaign also signaled that the Darnestown businessman has not yet given up, just yet.

Boyds resident Robin Ficker is the Republican nominee. He ran unopposed in June’s primary. If Floreen is successful in garnering enough signatures to appear on the ballot, it will most likely be a three-way race between Floreen, Elrich, and Ficker in November.

Floreen announced her intentions in a statement today “I am a candidate for County Executive – unexpectedly, I admit – because it would be a terrible loss for this county to fall into the sort of polarized posturing that has poisoned our national politics. That’s not my way. I want to get things done for all of us. We need to attract good jobs for our people, provide housing for everyone, and reinforce our tax base so we can continue to provide the services people need. That’s what I want to do. I hope the voters will help me work to do the things we need to do and leave the posturing to others.”

The Montgomery County Board of Elections has not yet certified Elrich’s victory, which is expected to happen on July 16. Also today, the Blair campaign released a statement on the primary election signaling that the July 16 certification may not be the last word on the results.