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Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) finished his speech about the need and desire for high-end retail in Prince George's and sat down. He then realized that he had not introduced his invited guest, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan (D).

Duncan nodded his head toward Johnson, Johnson nodded back and Duncan began making his way to the microphone.

"Hi, I'm Doug Duncan, the county executive in Montgomery County, and I'm here as a validator of everything Jack Johnson said."

The crowd laughed and applauded.

When Duncan described Prince George's as "one of the most desirable, and yet untapped markets in the country" at the event Thursday, he wasn't talking politics. Instead the Democratic candidate for governor was singing one of the county's favorite refrains: the need for more high-end retail.

"I know that I will do whatever I can to support Prince George's County's efforts and to support the economic devolpment of this region and this state," he said.

Duncan praised Johnson and the County Council for putting together yesterday's forum, a mini retail trade show. He saluted Johnson's predecessor, Wayne K. Curry, for his "fight to get more retail here in Prince George's" and thanked U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md) for his work on regional issues.

So far Duncan has gotten support from Wynn and council member Thomas R. Hendershot (D-New Carrollton) and is trying to woo other backers.

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 3, 2006; 7:28 AM ET
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