MoCo District 4 Race Takes Shape
The sprint to next month's special election for Montgomery County's District 4 Council seat is beginning to take shape. Don Praisner's decision to enter the race for the seat of his late wife, Marilyn Praisner - and his support from County Executive Isiah Leggett and four council members - had the potential to change the field of contenders.
Civic activist Cary Lamari said Monday that he was withdrawing and backing Praisner. School Board President Nancy Navarro said Tuesday, "Without a doubt, the fact that he got into the race led some to believe that I should reconsider. That never crossed my mind to reconsider. I'm in and I'm in to stay."
Navarro brushed aside what she called indirect pressure to get out of the race, calling the election an "opportunity to build on a legacy and to bring it to the present and the future."
Two other Democrats - Pat Ryan and Steve Kanstoroom - have officially filed with the Board of Elections. Republican marketing analyst Mark Fennel has also filed. John McKinnis, a former Republican candidate for state delegate, has announced his intention to run.
The Montgomery County Education Association, the union representing public school teachers, is scheduled to vote tonight to endorse a candidate. The County Council seat is critical to the union at a time when Montgomery is facing a $297 million budget shortfall.
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