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Floreen Submits Signatures to be Appear on November Ballot

Yesterday, Montgomery County At-Large Councilmember Nancy Floreen submitted signatures to the Montgomery County Board of Elections in Gaithersburg so that her name might appear on the ballot in November as a candidate for Montgomery County Executive.

“I am pleased to announce that, in the past 25 days, we have collected 20,343 petition signatures and are submitting them today to the Montgomery County Board of Elections for verification,” said Floreen. “This should give us a comfortable margin above the 7,255 verified signatures we need to qualify to appear on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for County Executive in this year’s general election on November 6.”

Floreen, a long-time Democrat, jumped into the race after her fellow At-Large Councilmember Marc Elrich narrowly defeated businessman David Blair in the Democratic Primary Election in June. Elrich, who lives is Takoma Park, won the nomination by just 77 votes.

“Hundreds of people from all over the County volunteered to help in this effort,” said Floreen, “and I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve seen. Despite the incredible amount of rain we’ve had over the past couple of weeks, we still prevailed with the help of our dedicated volunteers and canvassers. I really can’t thank them enough. It shows there’s a real desire among voters, one that cuts across all party lines, for a unifying choice for County Executive this fall. People are tired of the extreme partisanship and polarization we see nationally. The last thing we want is more of that at the local level. Voters are looking for a broader, more inclusive vision for this County’s future, and for leaders who can unify us around practical solutions, so everyone can feel like they are being represented.”

Floreen, who lives in Garrett Park, will now have to wait for the Board of Elections to verify that she has the correct number of signatures, and that they are indeed all valid signatures of County residents. She said the she had three times the minimum number needed to appear on the ballot.

County Election officials said that it could take up to 20 days to review the signatures. Maryland State Law provides up to 20 days to complete the signature verification process. “We have had a busy summer. We’ve had two recounts,” said Board Elections spokesperson Marjorie Roher.

If she is approved as a candidate, it will set up a three-way race for County Executive in November, between Floreen, Elrich, and Republican candidate and Boyds resident Robin Ficker. In the June Primary, Floreen backed former Rockville mayor Rose Krasnow, who came in third in the voting. ‘In the Primary, I thought we had decent enough choices. I made that decision a year ago. Trust me, I wasn’t going to do this. But, at the end given the choices that became apparent I became convinced that the community really wanted a real choice.”