Ficker, Navarro Rematch in 2010?
Republican Robin Ficker narrowed the gap with his Democratic rival Nancy Navarro after a count of absentee ballots today in Montgomery County. But it was not enough to change the outcome of this week's special election for an open seat on the County Council.
Navarro, a Board of Education member, defeated Ficker 61 percent to 35 percent, according to the latest count. Green Party candidate George Gluck finished third.
Ficker, an advocate for lower taxes, received 707 votes by absentee ballot compared to 610 for Navarro in the District 4 contest.
Ficker said today that he remains convinced that the general public favors his message of spending restraint and that those voters just did not show up for the special election. Voters backed his ballot measure last fall that makes it harder for the County Council to exceed the local limit on property tax revenue.
Navarro, he said, was able to turn out a "narrow group of activists" to participate in the special election. "It might be different in a general election," he added.
Does that mean Ficker plans to challenge Navarro in 2010? He made no commitment today but pledged to stay involved.
May 21, 2009; 5:27 PM ET
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