With 77 days until the November election, Republican Candidate for County Executive Robin Ficker has released his first campaign video.
The video entitled, “This is Our Election” highlights some of Ficker’s highlights as life-long resident of Montgomery County, including a 2008 property tax charter amendment and a 2016 charter amendment, which placed term limits on the County Council and County Executive.
“For my entire life,” said Flicker in statement about the release of the video, “I have been an advocate for the people of Montgomery County. For the past 12 years, our county has gotten less safe, our schools have declined, and job growth has been hindered by a lack of investment in our transportation infrastructure. It is time for a real change in the Montgomery County Government, and I am prepared to bring that change as the next County Executive.”
Ficker, a lawyer who ran unopposed for the GOP nomination, is a Boyds resident and is one of three candidates running for the County Executive seat in November.
In the new video, which he narrates, Ficker says, “I am concerned about the future of my beloved county. We need better jobs. But, if we don’t improve our transportation system, we won’t get them. We need to fix I-270 now, before it is too late. My opponents have been in office for over a decade, but what has truly changed?”
He is opposed by Democratic At-Large Councilmember Marc Erlich and newly declared Independent candidate At-Large Councilmember Nancy Floreen.
Both of Flicker’s Democratic opponents live what Flicker’s website calls “the Takoma Park Trapezoid” as do all four of the Democratic nominees for the at-large council seats. According to Ficker’s campaign website, “The County Council President, Maryland's Eighth District Congressman and the 5th District Councilman live in the Takoma Park Trapezoid. That means that if Robin of Boyds is not elected, Takoma Park Trapezoid resident elected officials will have the votes to pass whatever legislation or taxes they want.”
“Takoma Park Trapezoid is a small area of land, anchored by Takoma Park, comprising 4.1 percent of the county's land area and less than 10 percent of the County's population. It does NOT include Rockville, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, Germantown, Olney, Damascus, Potomac, Poolesville, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase,” according to the campaign website.
Erlich, a resident of Takoma Park, won a tightly contested Democratic primary in June by just 77 votes over Darnestown businessman David Blair. Garret Park resident, Floreen jumped into the race when she saw that neither Democratic candidate had earned more than 30 percent of the votes in the primary election.
Earlier this month, Floreen submitted more than 20,000 signatures on a petition to the Montgomery County Board of Elections to be verified for inclusion as a candidate on the November 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.
Election Day is November 6, 2018.
Photos and video courtesy Ficker campaign, unless otherwise noted.