Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A wide-open field is beginning to form, including some familiar names.
In politics, the campaign season—and the speculation about the next election—never ends. It just stops for a brief intermission. We call that Election Day. With 2012 in the rear view and 2014 shaping up to be a wide-open race for Montgomery County Executive, candidates—and potential candidates—are gearing up. The early race hit a higher gear on Wednesday as Patch’s Sebastian Montes reported that Douglas M. Duncan, a Democrat, is telling supporters that he will run to reclaim the County Executive post he held from 1994 to 2006. Other familiar names could be on the primary ballot. County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park held a 50th birthday party fundraiser last week to support his run for County Executive, The …
One of Montgomery's dominant political figures set to return to the political stage after six years.
After months of strategizing, Douglas M. Duncan has told supporters he has decided to run for an unprecedented fourth term in Montgomery County's highest political office, marking his return to politics after a six year-hiatus. Duncan, 57, met privately yesterday morning with political advisers and supporters in Gaithersburg to discuss his run for county executive and weigh the results of a recent poll by Harrison Hickman, the pollster for Al Gore and John Edwards' presidential bids. At the end of the meeting, Duncan told attendees that he would be entering the 2014 race, according to an email sent yesterday afternoon to supporters. “I am not seeking to return to the County Executive office simply because it is winnable—I am returning …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Former County Executive Doug Duncan met today with pollster and political advisers, according to CenterMaryland.org.
Will Doug Duncan—Montgomery’s longest-serving county executive—return for a run at an unprecedented fourth term? Duncan's political future came into clearer focus Tuesday after he met with advisers in Gaithersburg to mull the 2014 election, Josh Kurtz writes in CenterMaryland.org. The closed meeting hashed over the results of a new poll “that supposedly showed Duncan handily defeating every other potential Democratic candidate,” according to Kurtz. Speculation has long swirled that Duncan—who served as Montgomery’s executive from 1994 to 2006 before a gubernatorial campaign that ended with him dropping out, citing clinical depression—is primed for a return to county politics. If so, he would be joining a field that already has two …
Despite more than $2.6 billion in cuts, Isiah Leggett sees the budget as the county's toughest challenge for years to come.
Nearing the midway point of his second (and purportedly final) term in office, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recently talked with Patch about a range of topics, from the landmark ballot initiatives in the Nov. 6 election, to the county's looming population growth, to his own political future. In this third excerpt from that interview, Leggett (D) discusses the state of the county budget and the challenges that remain despite cuts that scaled back spending by more than $2 billion. Click here for Part 1 of the interview, in which Leggett discussed the ballot referendum on the Maryland "Dream Act," which would allow in-state tuition for certain illegal immigrants. Click here to watch Part 2, on his support for Maryland's historic …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Leggett: 'I believe that it’s about time.'
With Election Day looming, Patch recently sat down with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to discuss key issues. Approaching the midway point of his second term in office, Leggett (D) reflected on the upcoming election, the state of the county and its budget, his priorities for the remainder of his second term and persistent rumors about whether he’ll seek higher office in 2014. In this second installment, Leggett discusses why he supports a vote "yes" on Question 6 on the Nov. 6 ballot in favor of same-sex marriage. Click here to view the interview's first installment, in which Leggett discussed the ballot referendum on the Dream Act, which would allow in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Leggett: To vote against the ballot question would be 'shortsighted.'
With Election Day looming, Patch recently sat down with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. Approaching the midway point of his second term in office, Leggett (D) reflected on the upcoming election, the state of the county and its budget, his priorities for the remainder of his second term and persistent rumors about whether he’ll seek public office in 2014. In the first installment, Leggett talks about why he “wholeheartedly” supports voting "yes" on Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot and allowing in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Seven Maryland county executives, responding to pressure from residents, wrote a letter to the Public Service Commission about the performance of the state's power companies.
The county executives of Maryland’s seven largest counties, including Montgomery and Prince George's, issued a letter to demand changes from the area’s power companies after the June 29 storm that left some 443,000 residents without electricity in record heat. In a letter to Douglas Nazarian, chairman of Maryland’s Public Service Commission, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, as well as four other county executives and the mayor of Baltimore City, told the PSC that it is time for power companies to evaluate changes. “As elected leaders of Maryland’s largest jurisdictions, we stand ready to work together to make sure major metropolitan areas are not disabled by a single weather …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Focus for now is Delaney's congressional bid, former county executive says.
Douglas M. Duncan said Tuesday nothing has changed as he contemplates his political future. “I’m looking at all my options,” Duncan said in a telephone interview. His comments followed a NewsChannel 8 report that he is narrowing his focus on a run for state comptroller or a bid to return as Montgomery County Executive. “I’m not running for governor, not running for Congress,” Duncan, the county executive from 1995 through 2007, told Rockville Patch. Duncan said he’s not particularly focused on the crowded field of potential candidates for comptroller, but is “exploring things” to see “where I’d be the best fit.” He said he has not conducted any polling, nor does he have any immediate plans to do so. “I’m going to a lot of events, talking …