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Leggett Backs Kramer in MoCo's District 4

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) this morning formally endorsed the candidacy of Del. Benjamin Kramer (D) in this spring's special election to fill the District 4 seat on the County Council. Leggett, who has lived in the eastern county district for more than three decades, said Kramer's experience in Annapolis, independence and understanding of the county's budget challenges "tells me that Ben Kramer is right for this district."

Kramer is one of ten candidates vying for the seat left open by the death in January of Don Praisner. Praisner had served less than a year on the council after being elected to serve out the term of his late wife, Marilyn.

Leggett was joined by the Praisners' daughter, Alison Klumpp, Council member Duchy Trachtenberg (D-At Large) and a half dozen of Kramer's colleagues from Annapolis. The event was held at the politically active retirement community of Leisure World in Silver Spring, which Leggett described as the center of the county's political universe.

Kramer, the son of former county executive Sidney Kramer, said he shared Leggett's vision for the county and would be an ally.

"It is not the task of the council to be constantly taking issue with what the executive is trying to accomplish," he said, adding that he would be a "conduit" for Leggett on the council.

By Ann Marimow  |  March 30, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
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All the Montgomery County folks there, especially Mr. Kramer, opposed passage of Question B on the November ballot. My Question B, which passed county-wide and in District 4, requires all 9 council votes for the council to exceed the charter property tax limit. We already have 8 council members who voted to exceed the charter property tax limit last year by 400%. Why do we need a 9th vote from Mr. Kramer to do so? Homeowners are sick and tired of being treated as a sick and tired ATM by the county council. Unlike Mr. Kramer, I shall not vote to exceed the charter property tax limit next year.

And Mr. Kramer and his endorsers plan to give us another large property tax increase in 2010. In the last election year, 2006, they increased the county budget by over 14%. Fortunately, now with the passage of Question B, one vote on the council makes a difference.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | March 30, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

A "conduit" for Mr Leggett?

Wow, a guaranteed vote for "full speed ahead" for the Slash-and-Burn Pave-the-Bay developers faction?

Posted by: thardman | March 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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