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MoCo Council Candidates Debate on Election Eve


On the eve of Montgomery County's special election to fill an open seat on the council, the three candidates - Republican Robin Ficker, Green Party candidate George Gluck and Democrat Nancy Navarro - faced off this afternoon in a radio debate on WAMU 88.5.

Ficker used the opportunity on The Kojo Nnamdi Show to go after Navarro for collecting contributions from developers and labor unions, saying, "When you have that concentration of contributions, they are calling your tune."

Navarro defended her record, saying it was "simplistic" to suggest that a candidate had somehow "sold out" by accepting such contributions.

"It's about trust," she said. "Public officials make decisions about what they think is in the best interest of their community."

Gluck said he was not accepting contributions from political action committees or any donations of more than $100 to avoid any "appearance of pay-to-play" or special influence interest.

Polls open in District 4 tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

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vote for ficker if you want to rein in reckless spending.

otherwise, it is business as usual in MoCo.

vote for ficker.

Posted by: californicationdude | May 18, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Navarro if you want more CASA De Maryland day laborer centers, more hispanic gangs and higher taxes.

Posted by: postisarag | May 18, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the Post's endorsement of Nancy Navarro? Last Friday evening, the Post went on record endorsing her, after publicly endorsing Ben Kramer and then re-endorsing Ben Kramer a few days prior to the Primary election. By Saturday morning the endorsement post was gone.

Ms. Navarro speaks of trust. Now that's rich. Within the next couple of months the Office of the Inspector General and its investigation of Centro Familia, an organization that Navarro founded, will reveal exactly how trustworthy Nancy Navarro is.

Posted by: Independent20 | May 18, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't live in Dist. 4, however, after having listgend to the Nhambi show, if I lived there I would vote for Ficker. Sure, he's obnoxious, so what? He's not in the pockets of unions or developers. He seems sincere about not increasing taxes on homeowners. The sky won't fall if Ficker is elected, however, the average person might get a break if he's elected.

Posted by: VikingRider | May 18, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't the polls open at 7 a.m. and not 10 a.m.?

I went for Kramer over NavarNO and now voting for Ficker is a no-brainer. He has been active for a long time and has never sold out.

Posted by: jason14 | May 18, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat voting for Navarro. Sorry Ficker, still NOT ready to vote Republican...not while the GOP is playing obstructionist against the President.

On a local note, if we carve our budget for schools and public safety any further, quality of life in MoCo will suffer.

On issues, Navarro wins. The personal attacks against her just don't reasonate with me. She attracted campaign contributions because she is a likely winner. If Ficker could have gotten that campaign money (he could not), he would have accepted it too.

Good luck to all the candidates, today!

Posted by: free-donny | May 19, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Posted by Mark D. Fennel. Robin Ficker Campaign Advisor.

"It's about trust," Navarro said. "Public officials make decisions about what they think is in the best interest of their community."

What I found interesting is that during the final debate, Navarro touted starting a non-profit, Centro-Familia, which today, is being investigated by the Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General (part of Ike Leggett's administration) for a missing $900,000 in Montgomery County grants from Tax Dollars.

In addition, I found it interesting that during the debate she tried to deceive voters by claiming a $4,000 individual donation from Aris Mardirosian, the crown farm developer, and $3,000 individual donation from Mercedes Cecchi, wife of Giuseppi Cecci, the Leisure World developer, are not Developer Cash but actually individual donations.

After the 2006 election, Developers routinely funnel cash as donations from individuals, or set up bogus LLC's to funnel cash through. Former-Good Neighbor PAC volunteers put the amount of developer cash received by Navarro at approximately 62% of all donations.

Should I break out laughing now, or later, at Navarro's paper thin attempt at voter deception. Please Nancy, I know you recently hired SEIU's former-political director to be your assistant campaign manager, but you need more savvy political advisors. This act of deception didn't work.

Mark D. Fennel
2006 & 2008 Republican Nominee for this seat and Robin Ficker Campaign Advisor

Posted by: mfennel1 | May 19, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Do the morons at SEIU Local 500 realize that their web site says:

"With the Democratic Primary for the Special Election just days away (Tues, Apr. 21), we urge you to volunteer whatever time you can spare."

The election is today, May 19th. I am a Democrat outside District 4. Too bad Ben Kramer did not win the primary. We would have a councilmember with brains.

Posted by: shadowshopper1981 | May 19, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

If Navarro wins, will she pay off the tax liens that the state has against her?

Posted by: postisarag | May 19, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

By all means. Vote for Robin Ficker, unless you enjoy outrageous property taxes and more free services for illegals.

Posted by: HightaxesMOCO | May 19, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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