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.
February 12, 2009; 1:14 PM ET
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