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Leggett Taps Former Rival Silverman for MoCo Econ Job

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has tapped a one-time rival, former council member Steven Silverman, to lead the local economic development department.

Silverman, who ran unsuccessfully against Leggett in the 2006 Democratic primary, takes over the department from Pradeep Ganguly, who agreed to resign last month.

Here are excerpts from Leggett's announcement:

"Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today announced Steven A. Silverman of Silver Spring as his choice to head the County's Department of Economic Development.

Since January 2007, Silverman, 54, has served in the Maryland Attorney General's Office, as an assistant Attorney General, heading the Consumer Protection Division, and most recently, as Director of Aging, Healthcare and Special Projects.

Silverman served as a member of the Montgomery County Council for two terms, from 1998 to 2006, serving as its president twice.

"I am very excited to be chosen for this position by my good friend Ike Leggett," said Silverman. "I look forward to working side-by-side with him to advance our economic development efforts in these turbulent times. Much good work is being done -- and many more challenges lie ahead. I will work closely with the County Executive and with our county businesses - large and small - to protect what we have, take our strengths to the next level, and help build the tax base that makes possible our critical County programs in so many areas."

Silverman received a B.A. from the American University (School of Government and Politics) and his J.D. from George Washington School of Law. He served as a co-chair of the Silver Spring Redevelopment Steering Committee (1998) which was instrumental in the revitalization of Silver Spring. Silverman served as chairman of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized for his work by numerous community and faith-based organizations.

Leggett is sending the nomination to the County Council this afternoon."

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 7, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
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