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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.

By Ann Marimow  |  March 9, 2009; 3:16 PM ET
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Ben Kramer opposed my Question B on property tax relief in the November election which passed in District 4 by 2,000 votes. Why Ben?

Question B increased the number of votes on the Council that is needed to exceed the charter property tax limit from 7 to 9. So now one vote can make a difference, not only in the election, but on the council.

The council exceeded the charter property tax limit from FY 2003 to FY2005 and again in 2008. Only in 2008 they exceeded the charter property tax limit by 400%, the largest property tax limit in 20 years in the midst of a recession. They caused hundreds of foreclosures by doing so. Why did you oppose Question B Ben? Has the cat got your tongue?

Why is it that Ben Kramer and Nancy Navarro have never even once blogged on Maryland Moment? Are they computer illiterate?

The political model of Ben Kramer and Nancy Navarro is to spend all their time and treasure appealing to the less than 10% of all voters who have voted in the last three Democratic primaries. They treat homeowners as ATMs.

Kramer and Navarro know the Democratic campaign model. The Council gave us a 14.6% budget increase in the 2006, the last election year, so they could give salary and benefit increases and appointments to those who vote in their Primary. They plan to do the same thing in 2010---spread the goodies around to buy votes, using homeowners as ATMs, giving us a big property tax increase. Hold on to your wallets, District 4 voters.

Why have't they spoken out about Police Disabilitygate? This little rip-off is hitting homeowners hard. As the homeowner champion in this race, I can tell you, dear voters, that this kind of homeowner unfriendly mess will never happen on my council watch.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | March 10, 2009 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Both Kramer and Navarro would abandon their current offices to join the County Council? It makes me doubt their commitment levels and look for a third choice.

If one of them won, would we have to have another special election to fill either of their abandoned slots?

Posted by: dc_attorney | March 11, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Respectfully, "DC-attorney", your argument does not hold any water at all. By the "logic" you offer above, no Senator, Governor, nor any other office holder should ever reach for higher office. I commend all the candidates for stepping up - whatever their motives or current position.

Kramer and Navarro probably are the front runners - with experience and large Democratic support in Dist. 4. The republican and "near-republican" candidates face an uphill battle with a true Democratic majority in the district. I hope the campaigns are waged cleanly and honorably.

Posted by: free-donny | March 11, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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