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Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics this week:

STATE GOVERNMENT

* On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) will announce a joint initiative on protecting Chesapeake Bay crabs. Their press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 222 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, Va. The announcement comes as both Maryland and Virginia consider significant cutbacks in the number of blue crabs that can be caught in the Chesapeake.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

* Voters in County Council District 4 go to the polls Tuesday for a primary election in the race to replace the late Marilyn Praisner.
The Demodratic candidates are Praisner's widower, Don, school board President Nancy Navarro (Northeastern County), civic activist Steve Kanstoroom and federal government consultant Patrick E. "Pat" Ryan.
On the Republican side, the candidates are marketing analyst Mark D. Fennel, information technology developer Thomas Hardman, real estate agent and IT businessman John McKinnis and athletic field specialist Robert P. Patton. The district, which includes parts or all of Aspen Hill, Burtonsville, Calverton, Cloverly, Colesville, Derwood, Fairland, Olney, Sandy Spring, Silver Spring, Spencerville, Wheaton and White Oak. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 14, 2008; 7:33 AM ET
 
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Mark Fennel is a long time employee of the national nonprofit, Citizens Against Government Waste. He is an expert in finding waste, mismanagement and inefficiency----a skill that is sorely needed in Rockville---just look at the $65,000 toilet as an example.

Last summer, the county executive and council spent $30,000 of the taxpayers' on a poll. They found that only 7% of county residents supported raising taxes to improve services. So what has the county executive proposed?---the largest property tax increase in 20 years and he has signed employee contracts giving 30% raises which ensure that we will get large property tax increases next year and the year after that too.

Since the county poll, we have gone into a recession, gas has headed to $4, 401k's have tanked, and we have had 20% sales tax increases, 20% car tax increases, 18% corporate tax increases, and income tax increases of up to 52.36% along with the biggest water bill increase in 10 years, the largest Metro fare increase in many years and electricity rate hikes of up to 75%.

On top of the above hikes, Council candidates Praisner, Navarro and Ryan have told the special interest school administration union that they support 30% three year raises and the largest property tax increase in a generation. Praisner, Navarro and Ryan have also said they will not be limited by the charter property tax limit and that they oppose our November ballot question which makes it more difficult to exceed the charter property tax limit.

Mark Fennel was the Republican nominee against Marilyn Praisner in 2006. He ran a friendly, spirited campaign against her where he politely pointed out that she had voted three times, from FY03-05, to exceed the charter property tax limit. Fennel, a lifelong county resident, has a 7 month old son along with a lovely, smart, bi-lingual wife. he has the county's interest and future at heart on all issues.

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | April 14, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I can't think of a better reason to vote for Robert P. Patton than Ficker's endorsement of Mr. Fennel.

It's time to go with an unbiased, unbought winner and with Ficker's track record of loosing elections and supporting faile campaigns, I encourage all my fellow Montgomery Republicans to support my friend, Bob Patton.

Posted by: Montgomery GOP | April 14, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Methinks Montgomery GOP above is really Montgomery Dem BPTH---Montgomery Dem Big Property Tax Hike trying to stir up a little trouble.

Posted by: GOP or Dem? | April 14, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

People must vote for a candidate who would support installing a security camera to monitor the traffic at Ike's $65K executive bathroom. We need to protect county executive because people using office toilets have become security threats to him.

Ike needs to be careful about picking new girl friends. He has hired the former girlfriend who sued the county. When there are already three new girl friends--all county employees--what is the necessity of bringing the old one?

Posted by: Informer | April 14, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The special-interest-financed Navarro PR machine must be defeated in District 4. Without exception, every politician who has taken significant contributions and support, as Nancy Navarro has, from special interests like unions has remained beholden to them during their terms in office, and they always repay the favors. The last thing we need is another UNION YES puppet on the Council. Somebody has to pay for all that - and it's US!

In terms of results, under Ms. Navarro, MCPS test scores have declined (she recommended lowering the criteria for minority students to offset this in a candidate forum prior to the last BOE election) and expenditures have spiraled upward by....wait....can't see the books! Yet, Special Education programs have been recommended for cuts, Paint Branch High School's fire alarm system failed due to age and the Fire Marshal had to order a round the clock staff fire watch so that classes could be held. My kids still have classes in trailers. A gun crime was committed last week inside a Montgomery County school by suspected illegal aliens who somehow got waved into the school system and WE are paying to educate. CALLS FROM OUR PTA PRESIDENT REGARDING IMPORTANT SCHOOL BUSINESS HAVE GONE UNRETURNED BY "PARENT/CHILD FOCUSED" BOE PRESIDENT NAVARRO SINCE OCTOBER!!!

We have seen what Ms. Navarro has to offer, and beyond the pleasant smile and demeanor, it's a dismally failed leadership record. In fact, I hope she leaves the Board of Education after this term so that MCPS isn't lead into receivership and doesn't sink farther in performance.

Navarro said recently in an interview that she's learned to speed-read so she can digest all she would need to know about the district's issues. How can somebody who needs to "cram" issues be an effective elected representative?

Is this pathetic record what you or I want from a Councilmember?

Posted by: NAVARRO REALITY - LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS | April 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

So VERY glad that the Dem voters of District 4 had the good sense to reject Nancy Navarro. She got just what she deserved for her miserable performance on the BOE and for ignoring her constituents for four years. She blew us off so many times and now she knows what it feels like. She still has two years left on the BOE and hopefully her politics of division (not possibilities) won't gain any more traction than it already has. Way to go voters of District 4!!!

Oh, and way to go MCEA. Your leaders (Gerson and Cullison) have developed quite a skill for picking losers.

Posted by: No Nancy Navarro | April 15, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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