Praisner Daughter Backs Kramer in MoCo District 4
A daughter of former Montgomery County Council members Don and Marilyn Praisner said today she would back Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Montgomery) in the District 4 special election.
Kramer is one of 10 candidates seeking to fill the vacancy left by Don Praisner's death on Jan. 30. Don Praisner was elected in a special election last year after his wife, Marilyn, died in office.
Alison Praisner-Klumpp, one of the Praisners' three children and the only one who lives in Montgomery County, said she made her decision after talking with many of her parents' friends and meeting Sunday with Kramer for coffee.
She was impressed, she said, by his grasp of the issues and how he answered her concerns about his work as a commercial developer. Marilyn Praisner was a leading voice on the council for tightening the county's development rules. As a candidate, Don Praisner declined to accept donations from the development industry.
"I had heard that he was a big, bad developer," Praisner-Kumpp said of Kramer. "Yes, he builds and owns shopping centers, but he always looks closely at infrastructure before building."
Praisner-Klumpp added that Kramer said he had "no intention of taking developer money" and that he was committed to running again in 2010 if he prevails in the special election.
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