MoCo Will Hold Special Election To Fill Praisner's Seat
In a final note to Montgomery County Council colleagues before he died last week, Don Praisner asked that the council skip a special election to replace him and instead appoint someone to serve out his term in District 4. Praisner was concerned about the $1.3 million cost at a time when the county is facing a projected $500 million shortfall for fiscal 2010.
Council President Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) said this morning that county law requires a special election when there is a vacancy prior to the final year of a council member's term.
"We'd all like to respect his wishes, but the law is clear about what goes next," Andrews said.
Praisner, who died following surgery for colon cancer, was elected during a special election last year to succeed his wife, Marilyn, who also died in office after 17 years on the council.
Andrews said the time line for the election would be similar to last year's contest with a primary likely in April and a general election to be held in May.
February 2, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
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