It will definitely be a three-way race for County Executive in November.
It was announced this morning, that the Montgomery County Board of Elections has approved Councilmember Nancy Floreen’s campaign to run for County Executive as an Independent candidate.
“Floreen officially launches her campaign today,” announced her campaign in a statement released Wednesday morning.
The Board of Elections confirmed that Floreen exceeded the threshold of 7,255 valid signatures needed for her name to appear on the November 6 ballot as an unaffiliated candidate. The Board validated more than 13,000 of the signatures that were submitted earlier this month. With the help of canvassers and volunteers, Floreen collected over 20,000 signatures in just 25 days in her bid to be listed on the ballot.
“I want to thank the Board of Elections for being thorough and patient throughout the process. This petition drive was historic. The demand for a more inclusive choice was fueled by more than 20,000 people in less than a month. We’ve unleashed widespread community support. There’s an obvious and clear desire for balanced, non-partisan leadership for the County,” Floreen said.
Floreen, a long-time Democrat and resident of Garrett Park, 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 in Takoma Park, won the nomination by just 77 votes.
Boyds resident Robin Ficker is the Republican nominee. He ran unopposed in June’s primary.
The County Board of Elections July 2018 statistical report showed 652,346 registered voters, 143,420 of which are unaffiliated. With nearly 130,000 votes cast, Marc Elrich won the Democratic primary for County Executive by 77 votes over second-place finisher David Blair.
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.
After receiving the news from the Board, and with 75 days until the general election, Floreen turned to focus on the campaign saying, “This is about creating a better future for all of us. We need to optimize people, process, and technology for a better Montgomery County moving forward. As County Executive, I plan to grow jobs and skills-based training, provide regional solutions to address transit challenges, greater access to mental health services, and significantly increase school construction.”
As to why she’s jumping in to the race, so late and as an Independent candidate, Floreen said this in July, “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.”
Floreen camp said the candidate would open a Campaign Headquarters in Rockville shortly. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.
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