It is over. The winner of the Democratic nomination for County Executive is not certified, official, challenged, re-certified, and the challenger has conceded.
Longtime Councilmember Marc Elrich remains the winner of the 2018 Democratic Primary election by a slim 77 vote margin. In the recount, requested by challenger David Blair, the Darnestown-native picked up five votes, and Takoma Park resident Elrich picked up three votes, for a net gain just two votes for Blair. Not enough to overcome the 80 vote deficient which was the result of the original certification by the Montgomery County Board of Elections on July 16.
The final vote tally was Elrich 37,532 and Blair 37,455 — just a 77-vote difference.
The Board of Elections released the results of the recount on Monday evening, on Tuesday, July 25, Blair released a statement to his supporters. “Last night I congratulated Marc Elrich on winning the Democratic nomination for County Executive. I encouraged Marc and offered my support to enhance critical programs such as early childhood education, affordable housing and access to healthcare, as well as pursuing initiatives to foster business growth. Our message clearly resonated with residents all across the County and I will remain engaged to ensure our voices are heard.”
Marc Elrich will now and face Republican Robin Ficker and Independent candidate Nancy Floreen in the November General Election. She must collect signatures from at least one percent of Montgomery County’s eligible voters, meaning she’ll have to gather more than 6,400 names by August 6.
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 may be a three-way race.
“The critical interests of Montgomery County families are ill-served when any candidate can prevail with barely 29 percent of the one-third of Democrats who turned out, the Republicans had no choice at all, and the county’s 150,000 independent voters were prevented by law from voting in either contest. There is no mandate here. Most county voters have yet to be heard from,” said Floreen.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.