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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.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 21, 2009; 5:27 PM ET
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Ficker will win in 2010. He is a work horse.

Posted by: jason14 | May 21, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Not much hope that Ficker can be honest and by the numbers, but I'm sure he will be the GOP candidate...this almost seems to be his hobby.

It is more probable that another Democrat might move up. If Ficker wants to win, my objective advice would be to demostrate to the heavily Democratic electorate of MoCo he is incredibly different from other republicans (Bush, Cheney, Bob Erlich, Mike Steele...etc). If he or any other repub cannot make that distinction clear, they have absolutely no chance and will recieve little support from repub funding and orgs.

TGIF...compliments to all who stepped up and ran for office in the recent election.

Posted by: free-donny | May 22, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

A campaign can reveal interesting things about people. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin apparently can't find anything constructive to do on Capitol Hill. Maybe there is a shortage of issues there that are up to his intellectual standing.

He used the prestige of the U.S. Senate office to set up a "town meeting," which was really a rally for a Democratic County Council candidate. Cardin proved himself to be a political hack by so doing. Look for him to be gone in 2012.

Posted by: barbaraj1 | May 22, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

barbaraj, I take it you are not a Cardin fan, and thats fine, but I can't figure out how this plays into the Navarro/Ficker rematch article. Are you suggesting your fellow republican, Ficker, run against Cardin for Senate in 2012? Interesting, I had NOT thought about that.

There ARE other offices to run for, and as I posted earlier...the key, I think, for any repub in MD hoping to win is evolving openly and clearly above and beyond the Bush/Cheney legacy...which is a big turnoff.

Posted by: free-donny | May 22, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

So the citizens of MoCo have voted for "More Of The Same."

They must all be just so happy with the way things are going in their county. Good for them!

Posted by: NeverLeft | May 27, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

To Neverleft,

Yeah, pretty much. Most residents still believe MoCo is the best place to live - pretty much anywhere. Logic would tell us that if they did not, they would move...though, where the hell would they move to?

Posted by: free-donny | May 27, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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