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Navarro Makes It Official in MoCo District 4

School Board President Nancy Navarro officially announced her bid for the County Council this morning at the Good Hope Community Center in Silver Spring, and there was much talk of hope as she cast herself as the "tried and tested" candidate who would reflect the "hopes and dreams of all residents."

The Venezuelan-born co-founder of a local non-profit organization that works in the Latino community attracted a diverse group of about 40 people, including labor, immigrant, education and community leaders.

Gustavo Torres, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland, said he would mobilize what he estimated are 3,700 Latino voters in District 4.

"We are going to call all of them," said Torres, who said he was speaking as a district resident.

Navarro is seeking the Eastern county seat left vacant by the death last month of 17-year council veteran Marilyn Praisner. She will face Praisner's widower, Don Praisner, civic activist Steve Kanstoroom and federal government consultant Pat Ryan in the April 15 Democratic primary.

Two Republicans - marketing analyst Mark Fennel and former delegate candidate John McKinnis - will compete on the GOP side.

The general election will be held May 13.

By Ann Marimow  |  March 10, 2008; 2:22 PM ET
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