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Kramer and Navarro Set To Run for MoCo's Open Council Seat

Montgomery County Del. Ben Kramer (D) and School Board member Nancy Navarro said this afternoon that they plan to run for the County Council seat left vacant by the death last week of Don Praisner.

The Council has not set a date for the special election, but Council President Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) said he expects a primary to be held in April and a general election in May.

Kramer, who works in commercial real estate, said he was attracted to the "opportunity to have an impact on issues at the local level" and that it was important to have someone on the council who is "fiscally responsible."

Kramer comes from a political family with deep ties in the county. His father, Sid Kramer, is a former state senator and county executive, who is an ally of the current executive, Isiah Leggett. His sister, Rona Kramer, is a state senator.

Navarro ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary against Don Praisner in last year's special election to succeed former council member Marilyn Praisner, who also died in office. She had the support of a wide range of groups from the business and minority communities to labor unions.

"It's a very sad situation all around," Navarro said of the circumstances. But, she said, with the county's budget troubles, "more than ever it's important for me to finish what we started and to provide some expertise to the council and move forward."

By Ann Marimow  |  February 5, 2009; 4:31 PM ET
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What this council DOESN'T need is another dumbocrat. With question B now the law, moco needs a member of the council who will not use our homes as ATM machines for funding all the special interest groups that both navarro and kramer represent.

Posted by: CitizenPayne | February 6, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

We need somebody who is homeowner-friendly in this seat. Both Mr. Kramer and Ms. Navarro strongly opposed Question B (property tax relief) on the November ballot. B passed in District 4 by 2,000 votes. They would use homeowners as ATMs.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | February 6, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The present county council is not hoomeowner-friendly and is discriminating against the good homeowners of District 4 by setting the special election dates at such times so that the new council member from District 4 will not be able to vote on the budget.

The present council members voted this past year to give us the biggest property tax increase in 20 years, a 13.5% increase in a recession. That is an economic stimulus plan for the homeowners in District 4 which stimulates the spending of the not-friendly-to-homeowners council and leaves the District 4 homeowners to plan to have to cough up large amounts of additional property taxes in a recession.

Contrast the council economic stimulus plan with the Amendment of U.S.Senator Isakson who has proposed a popular $15,000 tax credit for homeowners.

Plus, the council members from the other four districts have a conflict of interest in setting the election dates for the second year in a row so that the council member fro District 4 cannot vote on the budget for the second year in a row. The smaller the piece of the budget pie for unrepresented District 4, the larger the piece of the budget pie for the other four districts.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | February 6, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Goodness gracious.

Folks, you'll remember me as one of the Republicans running in the last election. Well, I lost so very badly that I have been calling myself "the most unpopular Republican in East Montgomery" and finally it sank in; I went and registered unafiliated (independent).

I was thinking of running in 2010, but due to the untimely passing of Mr Praisner -- a dedicated lifelong civil servant -- I am certainly going right now to register as a Democrat because I see a deep need to have some influence in the only election that has an effect in Montgomery, the Democratic Party primary.

And who knows? Maybe someone could convince me to run in the Special Election.

After all, in the last Special Election I was the only person who accurately predicted a calamitous economic implosion, who urged fiscal restraint, who declare that as much as I thought "Thornton" and the Geographic Cost of Living Index ("GCEI") were great ideas, I had no idea where we'd find the money. I also tried to get the County to leverage guarantees on mortgage payments for public servants to take up residences in foreclosed homes near where they worked. And I did not at all tell the Unions and their members that I'd get them a big honking raise, and then take it back.

Further, I support -- nay, I DEMAND -- that the County Council legislate oversight authority to force the County Executive to direct his Department of Police to check all persons actually arrested or charged with a crime of violence or felony crime against property, against the immigration status clearinghouse at ICE.

Additionally, I think that it's a complete shame that the County is giving money to CASA de Maryland so that able-bodied and mentally sane illegal aliens can find work, when able-bodied and minimally-mentally-ill citizens are ignored by the County and left to suffer and fall into homelessness because "we just don't have the money to cater to mental citizens when we have all of these hardworking illegal aliens and jobs that need dependable workers". That sort of rhetoric might have worked in the boom times but the boom times are over. Spend the money on our suffering citizens, not pampering a workforce whose illegal presence belongs to a time that's passed.

Well, gotta go register Democrat:

Get Ready Montgomery: It's time for someone else on the Council with patience, persistence, and a very good memory of how America and MoCo used to be, and a deep understanding of and revulsion for "where we went wrong".

Keep in mind, I am not here to call people names or tell other folks how those people are just wrong, I'm here so that everyone will be talking about "Hardman: You Know He's Right".

Posted by: thardman | February 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The recent announcement of Hilton Hotels executives that they would relocate their nation headquarters to Fairfax County shows the problem that District 4 homeowners have by not having a council member. There are plenty of fine sites along Route 29 in district 4, along the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore corridor and near BWI and Reagan Airports where Hilton could have located. But with District 4 not having a council member, Hilton got away from District 4. Obviously the pleas and offers of Montgomery County elected officials were not good enough to land prize-winning Hilton Hotels here to add to the tax base.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | February 6, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Mark D. Fennel (Former-Republican Nominee in the May 13 Special Election for County Council -- District #4

I've called an emergency meeting of my closest political advisors in my "War Room" to develope a detailed battle plan of attack. Indeed, the "Dogs of War" have been summoned.

Is this the same Nancy Navarro who negotiated, and placed an over-the-top teachers contract at the feet of the Council to deal with, when faced with unsustainable budgets, and massive budget deficits?

Is the the same Nancy Navarro who highlighted Gustavo Torres's praise of her in a press release, the same Torres who is the Executive Director of the illegal immigrant lobby group, Casa of Maryland. The same Torres who recently flew to Hugo Chavez's Venezuala, where Navarro was born, to acquire a $1.5 Million grant for CASA of Maryland. Venezuala, who just expelled our ambasaddors, had military maneuvers with Russia, and constantly threatens to cut off our oil.

And she highlighted Gustavo Torres's endorsement of her in her last campaign for this seat!

Anyone but Navarro!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark D. Fennel

Posted by: mfennel1 | February 6, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr Fennel, can I be "anyone" in your "anyone but Navarro"?


Honestly, there has to be some other Democrat to oppose Ms Navarro, though I wager that none of them have her campaign funding... though actually she might be getting a lot less funding from the Unions, considering that all that she promised them was given by the sitting Council (Mr Praisner had no vote in it) and then taken away.

Posted by: thardman | February 6, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't we need somebody who is a litle more transparent and a little less shy running for this seat? I have never seen Ms. Navarro nor Mr. Kramer post on the Maryland Moment blog once in their lives. Why is that? Don't they have something to offer the homeowners of District 4?

Why were they so homeowner unfriendly as to oppose Question B on Property Tax Relief which passed in District 4 by 2000 votes this past November?

What would they have done to lure Hilton Hotels and its job machine to District 4? Why didn't they?

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | February 9, 2009 3:45 AM | Report abuse

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