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Special Election Date Confounds MoCo Council

Who knew choosing a date for a special election could be so complicated?

Montgomery County Council members this morning put off picking a date for the contest to chose Don Praisner's successor after an extensive debate over timing. Praisner (D-Eastern County) died on Jan. 30, after undergoing surgery for colon cancer.

The issue dviding the council today was whether it would be less convenient for voters to cast ballots during spring break when many residents plan to be out of town or when school is in session and parking is limited for voters at many polling places.

On the table are two possibilities: April 21 for the primary and May 19 for the general election, as supported by Council President Phil Andrews or April 7 for the primary and May 12 for the general, as backed by Council member Valerie Ervin, school board and election officials.

Andrews has scheduled a special meeting of the council for Thursday afternoon to revisit the issue. Council members said they want to hear from voters in District 4 before then about their preferences.

By Ann Marimow  |  February 10, 2009; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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The council is treating the hoomeowners of District 4 as second class citizens. For the second year in a row they are trying to allow the newly elected council member to take office only after the budget battles are over.

The elected officials of Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 know that the smaller the piece of the budget pie for District 4, the larger the pieces of the budget pie for Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5. Solution? Don't let a homeowner-friendly new council member from District 4 vote on the budget because the homeowner-unfriendly council members from District 1, 2, 3, and 5 know what is best for District 4.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | February 10, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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