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In MoCo, Navarro Claims Victory, Kramer Looks to Absentees

With a margin of less than 80 votes, Board of Education member Nancy Navarro early this morning claimed victory in Montgomery County in the Democratic primary to serve out the term of County Council member Don Praisner in District 4. But the campaign of Del. Benjamin F. Kramer was not conceding, instead looking to pull ahead once absentee and provisional ballots are counted starting tomorrow.

In a press release, Navarro said Kramer's "path to victory is insurmountably narrow" and declared herself "ready to roll up my sleeves and pick up where the Praisner family left off."

Both Navarro and Kramer campaigned aggressively to get supporters to turn in absentee ballots. Kramer's campaign manager Eric Hensal said this morning that a "substantial portion" of those turned in are from the retirement community of Leisure World, where Kramer is believed to have an edge.

"Leisure World absentees make it competitive," Hensal said. "That makes the math possible."

The Board of Elections will begin counting the more than 750 absentee and provisional ballots Thursday afternoon.

In the Republican primary, former state legislator Robin Ficker, easily surpassed his two rivals, receiving 58 percent of the vote. The general election is set for May 19.

By Ann Marimow  |  April 22, 2009; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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There's a certain humor in the thought of a school board election that gets decided by a retirement community.

Posted by: vees | April 22, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

It's not a school board election.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | April 22, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, as a new Montgomery County resident (or soon to be), it kind of sounds to me like Ms. Navarro has some fairly Republican tendencies.....any real Democrat should wait until the votes are all counted before making pronouncements like this. People vote for a reason.

I find stunts like this premature declaration irresponsible and alarming, not at all comforting me toward the person should they in fact end up being the winner.

Please, Democrats, if anything, please learn to respect the democratic process. We are not Republicans. We are Democratic Party members, and people's votes mean something sacred to us.


Posted by: DouginMountVernon | April 22, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

...pick up where the Praisner family left off."

Super! Because Mrs. Praisner was investigating the undisclosed/unappropriated royalties that Montgomery County Public Schools receives from undisclosed agreements with vendors. The public would like to know how much money MCPS is taking in from these contracts so we can see a reduction in our taxes based on this outside income!

Posted by: jzsartucci | April 22, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

DouginMountVernon posted "Please, Democrats, if anything, please learn to respect the democratic process. We are not Republicans. We are Democratic Party members, and people's votes mean something sacred to us."

Please drop your "holier than thou" statement regarding the Democrats approach to vote counting. The Democratic Party has way too many instances of counting the votes of dead people and felons, paying voters to vote Democrat, keeping polling places open later than the law allows, and creatively "interpreting" the intent of voters when it suits their purposes to take such a position. Come on, many Democrats think it is a crime to even even check the identity of voters. How sacred is the vote if you don't even have to prove you are who you say you are?

Posted by: MHegerle | April 22, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Vote for the Mofo Ficker...WTF...Gluck?

Posted by: proudgaycuban | April 22, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Ms Navarro's campaign manager makes a premature statement that is bizarre in terms of imagery.

"Insurmountably narrow"?

Doesn't that mean "can't step over a tiny obstacle"?

Where did this guy learn to speak English, North Korea?

And has anyone ever closely examined Nancy Navarro's naturalization documents?

Even Robin Ficker looks like a better County Council representative for District 4.

Posted by: klaatu1 | April 22, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Voting for Ficker over Navarro is a no-brainer. He wants to protect our homes and our pocketbooks. She wants to give our money to her campaign workers as she did on the school board.

Posted by: barbaraj1 | April 23, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Remember the "Anyone But Ficker" mailers?

Maybe it's time for an "Anyone But Navarro" return salvo.

Posted by: thardman | April 23, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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