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MoCo Sets Dates for District 4 Special Election

With little discussion this afternoon, Montgomery County Council members overcame their earlier differences to set a date for the special election to choose Don Praisner's successor in the Eastern County's District 4.

The primary contests will be held April 21 and the general election on May 19. The district includes Aspen Hill, Burtonsville, Calverton, Cloverly, Colesville, Derwood, Fairland, Olney, Sandy Spring, Silver Spring, Spencerville, Wheaton, and White Oak.

Praisner died on Jan. 30, after undergoing surgery for colon cancer. He was elected in a special election last spring to replace his wife, Marilyn, who also died in office after serving 17 years on the council.

Council members had delayed a decision on the special election date on Tuesday after a lively debate that touched on issues of voting rights and access.

Council member Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) said she was particularly concerned about holding an election while school is in session. Many polling places are located at county schools where parking is limited.

But Ervin and others became convinced that the alternative, during the planned public school spring break, would have inconvenienced many voters who plan to be out of town.

By Ann Marimow  |  February 12, 2009; 1:14 PM ET
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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Cheer up homeowners in District 4; for help is on the way on April 21 and May 19! One vote can make a difference to stop the council from using homeowner equity as an ATM.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | February 13, 2009 3:18 AM | Report abuse

I would like to thank the Post for covering the Special Election, however just in case you didn't get my emails, I plan on running for the District 4 County Council Seat, I worked with Marilyn for 17 years as a Civic Activist and then worked to get Don Praisner elected last year. I will strive to promote the ideals and values both Marilyn and Don stood for. Please visit my wesite at:

Posted by: carylamari | February 16, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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