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Navarro Leads in MoCo, But Race Too Close to Call

Board of Education member Nancy Navarro and Del. Benjamin F. Kramer are locked in a tight race in Montgomery County tonight for the Democratic nomination to serve out the term of the late County Council member Don Praisner in District 4. The contest is too close to call with hundreds of absentee ballots to be counted starting Thursday.

Republican tax activist Robin Ficker won his party's nomination in the three-way GOP contest. Ficker received 58 percent of the vote, edging out non-profit executive and entrepreneur Louis August.

In the six-person Democratic race, Navarro is leading by less than 80 votes with all precincts reporting. Kramer's campaign manager said the final outcome will come down to the more than 670 absentee and provisional ballots.

The winners of the primary contests will go on to compete, along with Green Party candidate George Gluck, in a May 19 general election.

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 21, 2009; 10:42 PM ET
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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This is not a win for me personally, but rather just another step in homeowners making their voice heard. "Homeowner," is a word never used by county elected officials, but homeowners are the backbone of the county. Homeowners have simply been used as an ATM.

The most recent step of homeowners making their voice heard was in November when they passed the Ficker Amendment. That charter amendment requires all 9 council votes for the council to increase property taxes above the charter limit. We already have 8 council members who last year, in a recession, gave us the largest property tax increase in a generation causing hundreds if not thousands of foreclosures. We don't need a 9th council member like the other 8. Homeowners know we need change. The only reason we did not get a large property tax increase this year is that there are only 8 council members and they need 9 votes to increase property taxes. Next year is an election year. And, just like in 2006, the last election year when the council increased the budget 14.6% to have lots of goodies to spread around to primary voters, the council plans to give us a big property tax increase in 2010. But now one council vote can make a difference. We need a permanent council committee on waste and duplication.

The voice of homeowners will be heard again on May 19. Our elected officials are not hearing homeowners because every county elected official and editorial writer opposed the Ficker Amendment which passed countywide and in council District 4. Homeowners are simply using somebody, who happens to be me, to bring about peaceful election change. It is not personal. But the voice of homeowner must be heard in Montgomery County. And the next step in homeowner change will take place on May 19!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | April 22, 2009 4:25 AM | Report abuse

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