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Moco Sets Special Election Dates

Montgomery County Council members this afternoon signed off on dates for a special election to choose a successor to the late Marilyn Praisner.

The primary will be held April 15 and the general election is scheduled for May 13. Interested candidates must file with the Board of Elections by March 24 at 5 p.m.

Just hours after the council action, Montgomery's Board of Education President Nancy Navarro announced her candidacy for the eastern county seat Praisner had held for 17 years. Navarro said the council would be a natural transition from the school board.

"People recognize that we need to continue building on Marilyn's legacy of achievement and selfless public service," she said in a press release. "I've certainly gained invaluable experience from addressing the needs of our children in Montgomery County Public Schools." Navarro was appointed in 2004 and elected in her own right in 2006.

Her announcement included praise from Gustavo Torres, head of CASA de Maryland, Council member Valerie Ervin and former Montgomery delegate Gareth Murray. Donna Edwards, the Democratic nominee in the Fourth Congressional District race, offered her endorsment this morning, calling Navarro "extremely well qualified."

Civic activist Steve Kanstoroom has also announced his candidacy. Two Republicans - Mike Fennel and John McKinnis - also intend to run, according Robert Dyer of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.

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Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur (D-20) is neutral in the presidential race according to MSNBC (and Maryland Politics Watch) and a Clinton supporter according to the Washington Blade. Will Del. Mizeur vote with or against her district?

Heather Mizeur is not just a delegate from District 20 but a superdelegate by virtue of her service on the Democratic National Committee as an elected member from Maryland.

Statewide, Obama won 60% of the vote compared to just 36% for Clinton. In District 20, represented by Heather Mizeur, voters supported Obama even more strongly, giving him 64% with only 35% for Clinton.

Last month, Mizeur said deciding who to support was tricky because one was bound to alienate one side:

[Mizeur] acknowledged that if she were to support Obama or Clinton, there could be some unhappy Democrats in her district, the ones who support the candidate that she didn't endorse.

Every superdelegate faces this same quandary: alienating the Democrats who elect them and with whom they must work. "People are very much divided," said Mizeur.

However, now it is clear that both her district and her state are not evenly divided but support Obama over Clinton by a margin of over 20 points.

So I imagine that I am not the only one wondering how Del. Mizeur plans to vote at the Democratic National Convention.

Delegate Heather Mizeur do the right the thing and promise to vote for Barrack Obama TODAY. We are watching.

Posted by: Angry Takoma Park Resident | February 19, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, CASA of Maryland has put forward their candidate!

An endorsement by CASA of Maryland should be considered the Kiss of Death in MoCo politics. As more Marylanders and MoCo voters come to understand the role of CASA, expect CASA to be a lot more quiet in promoting people.

Kudos, however, to Navarro for her work establishing Centro Familia, which operated a program to get child-care certifications for latinas. This assures that even more children will arrive in MoCo schools speaking only Espanol.

As the eastern half of MoCo becomes increasingly Spanish-speaking foreign born temporary protected refugees and illegal aliens permanently residing under color of law, no doubt they'll feel better with a former Venezuelan making sure that nothing goes through the County Council without special handouts reserved for them and them alone on the basis of race and language.

Posted by: klaatu1 | February 19, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement from Gareth Murray? The guy who, as an INCUMBENT, finished 7th out of 7 candidates in District 20 in 2006?

Wow, that's some powerful mojo working there. Nancy Navarro's gonna scare everyone right out of that race. Not.

Posted by: lefty | February 19, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Mark Fennel a lifetime resident of Montgomery
County and a graduate of Vassar College is by far the most qualified. Mark has worked for many years for the nationally known non-profit organization, Citizens Against Government Waste. This organization has taken the lead against Congressional earmarks and in identifying such waste in the national budget as the Bridge to Nowhere. He is married to a young lady who is bilingual and who emigrated legally from Central America. They have a six month son who was also born in Montgomery County.
We need somebody who is a budget expert. After receiving increases in sales, computer, car, corporate and income taxes we are facing a large increase in county property taxes which will drive hundreds into foreclosure and keep thousands out of the county housing market. Mark is pledged, as the Post knows because he sent them his press release last week, to property tax relief and sticking to the county charter property tax limit. Vote for Mark Fennel on April 15, tax day, and May 13. SAVE OUR HOMES!

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 19, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Once again disbarred lawyer and non-resident of east or mid county chimes in.

Say Robin go back to Boyds and get your license back then start your yapping -- about your district -- not ours.

Posted by: MidCo Maven | February 19, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's that. The Fickerizer has spoken, and this much is clear: Mike (Mark? Robin knows him so well he appears to have gotten his name wrong) Fennel has no chance whatsoever to win. He's been kissed by the dementor of modern politics, Robin Ficker.

Posted by: lefty | February 19, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Midco Maven and lefty are to Democratic hate crew, a modern day KKK.

Posted by: Hate will not win | February 20, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

I know Estella Fennel. She worked at Giant. We will vote for Estella's husband Mark every day we can.

Posted by: Angelina | February 20, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

I know Mark D. Fennel he is a brilliant man, who knows what he is doing, and he'll do it right.
Let's vote for Mark!!!

Posted by: Katie Gonzales | February 20, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Back when Fennel ran aganst Praisner in 2006, I voted for him because he had some pretty good ideas.

He was against the ICC, which is now slicing across our district & for slowing development until we got our growth policy straightened out -- pretty rare stances for a Republcan.

Posted by: Mary | February 20, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Mark Fennel played football at Walter Johnson High School. How many football players do you know who are smart enough to get admitted to Vassar, one of the Seven Sisters? He is a team player and a capable individual at the same time. He would increase the IQ of the council.

Posted by: Tony B. | February 20, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Navarro vs. Mark D. Fennel would be an interesting matchup.

Gustavo Torres, who praised Navarro, recently travelled to Venezuela to meet with Hugo Chavez, who just threatened to cut off oil to the United States a direct threat to our financial national security. He's made a career out of subverting federal immigration law. Fennel supports 287 (g) and feels the Rule of Law is the foundation of western civilization and the institutions we hold deer.

Posted by: Steve | February 20, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The school system has done quite well, but no matter what, they always want more. They have received over an 8% increase every year Weast has been here. From FY06 to FY08 the number of students in Montgomery County dropped by over 3,000, but the number of school employees increased by over 1,000. Hundreds of "teachers" do not even teach. Now they are asking for a 30% pay increase---17% over 3 years plus 3.5% annual step increases. We have just had our electricity, water and Metro fees greatly increased. We can't take anymore and we need someone, somewhere in the county government who understands that. The economy is bad. Right now there is nobody. But people are starting to get the message. Budget-busting union choices lost for school board and the 4th District Congressional seat. We need waste eliminated. That is why we need Fennel on the County Council.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 20, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like this blog posting should be renamed the Fennel for Council web site.

Disbarred lawyers for Fennel
Robin Ficker, Chair-For-Life

Posted by: MidCo Maven | February 20, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I hear former Senator Ida Ruben is thinking about a run. She represented a large slice of Praisner's district for many years in the State Senate.

Posted by: the rumor mill | February 20, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, now we know that Robin Ficker has at least six personalities besides the one we all know and love: Angelina, Katie Gonzales, Mary, Tony B., Steve and the dreaded Nameless.

Excuse me, guys, can you hold the Fennel campaign for a second and let me talk to Robin? Please?

Is that you, Robin? Great. Question: how embarrassing to yourself can you be? I thought 2006 would be the bottom, but you seem determined to go lower.

OK, all of Robin's other personalities can come out and play again.

Posted by: lefty | February 20, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

MidCounty Maven and lefty are the Democratic hate squad, a modern day KKK.

Posted by: Hate will not win | February 20, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Robin is right -- hate will not win.

Unfortunately for him, neither will any candidate who Robin Ficker supports. Starting, of course, with Robin himself. How many years has Robin been trying to get elected? And both the Democrats and the Republicans have kicked him out? How bad do you have to be in Montgomery County to get kicked out of the GOP? They can hold their meetings in a phone booth, for God's sake -- if they could find one. Maybe we should make that a booth at the Tastee Diner in Bethesda.

Robin, I gotta ask: what delusion is it that makes you think that anyone remotely cares what you have to say about ANYTHING? I know you're outta the law practice again, and realty's gotta be slow, but good lord, can't you find something better to do?

Posted by: lefty | February 21, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Lefty is a county employee who is worried he won't get his tax increase fix and big salary increase.

Posted by: Fatisha | February 21, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse


We finally agree -- hate will not win.

Now in my previous postings. I said: 1) you are a disbarred lawyer; 2) you don't live in this district and 3) that there were a series of postings here all pushing Fennel as a candidate.

All are true.

So where is the hate? Or is hate anything that is truthful and does not advance your personal agenda.

Tell me that you have your law license back and I will only use it in the past tense.


Posted by: MidCo Maven | February 21, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Lefty and MidCoMaven have said a number of things about Mr. Ficker that are not true. They are indeed haters. They are probably the same person. We've seen him before.

Posted by: Not True | February 21, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Not true,

Not true. I don't know lefty. Now go ask Anglina and the all the other people that speak for Robin.

Tell me one fact I have wrong about Ficker?

I say he is:
1) disbarred.
2) does not in live in either the Praisner district or the Wynn now Edwards district.

Posted by: MidCo Maven | February 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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