Candidate Praisner Undergoing Health Tests
Democratic candidates in the Montgomery County Council District 4 special election debated in a fast-paced, sometimes tense discussion last night at White Oak Middle School. Absent from the event, though, was candidate Don Praisner, the widower of the late council member Marilyn Praisner who died in February after heart surgery.
Council member Duchy Trachtenberg, who stood in briefly for Don Praisner, said he was not feeling well and "out of an abundance of caution" was having a series of tests run at a nearby hospital. "He's fine," she told the audience, adding that he would bring "independence, integrity and a real commitment to residents."
Eric Hensal, Praisner's campaign manager, today said Praisner would also miss the League of Women Voters debate that will be televised on cable before the April 15 primary election because he is returning to the hospital for tests that conflict with the taping.
"He's feeling much better today...But once you get into the medical system, they want to test," he said.
Hensal said he did not know the details of what led Praisner, who is in his 70s, to the doctor in the first place.
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