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New County Executive and Council Take the Oath of Office

A new era has dawned in Montgomery County, as Marc Elrich was sworn in as the seventh Montgomery County Executive. Elrich and the new County Council, which has four new members, took their oaths of office at the Inauguration Ceremony held at Strathmore Music Hall in North Bethesda on Monday.

Elrich won a three-way election in November, easily defeating former Independent candidate and Councilmember Nancy Floreen, and Republican challenger Robin Ficker to become the seventh County Executive in the history of Montgomery County. He is the first new County Executive in 12 years. His predecessor, Ike Leggett served three terms as the County’s leader, from 2006 to 2018.

Elrich will work with a nine member County Council, from which he just spent three terms as a Councilmember, which has the most new faces on the Council in many years as four members are first-time Councilmembers, including three new At-Large representatives. The large number of new faces is due to a term-limit referendum voted on by County residents in the 2016 election, which forced four members to move on from their seats.

The new County Council is made up of District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro, who was elected as Council President at the firs