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And Then There Were Nine in MoCo

The Montgomery County Council officially returned to full strength this afternoon with the swearing in of Nancy Navarro (D) to fill the vacancy left in January by the death of Don Praisner.

It was a far more festive atmosphere than one year earlier when Praisner took over from his wife Marilyn, who had died in office after 17 years on the council. There were cheers and raucous applause in the packed council auditorium as Navarro looked on, dressed in a rose-colored suit.

New Montgomery County Council member Nancy Navarro takes to oath of office as her
12-year-old daughter, Isabel Navarro-Laurent, and her husband, Reginald Laurent, watch.
(Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

"I want to stand here and take it all in," she told the audience that included leaders from business, labor and minority communities. "Let's bottle this moment and make it work."

Navarro also put out a call for unity, something that has often been missing on the council in recent months. "We need to work together with our executive and with each other."

Before she could finish her remarks, council member Roger Berliner (D) shouted out a reminder of the tough decisions ahead: "This is the high water mark," he said of the ceremony.

County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who supported Navarro's rival in the Democratic primary, also praised the new member. With Navarro, the council's first Latina representative, Leggett said the county would "continue to see the emergence of leaders who represent all of us."

By Ann Marimow  |  June 3, 2009; 4:42 PM ET
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Nancy, good luck for the rest of your term. Please don't forget the homeowners!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | June 3, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Now that you have a guaranteed job for the next four years, do you suppose you might at least try to be independent of the unions and developers who backed your campaign?
I suppose that is too much to ask of a politically correct career drinker at the public trough.

Posted by: VikingRider | June 4, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Navarro is guaranteed her job as a councilmember only until the next election, which is in 2010.

Still, she can do a lot of damage between now and the end of the term.

Posted by: postisarag | June 4, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

yes, first order of business, raise taxes and fund more illegals.

Posted by: californicationdude | June 4, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected on the four year thing, on the other hand, the chances of her being ousted are slim and none.
I'd like to see and her colleague3s in Rockville reduce the costs of running this bloated government by eliminating the 1,100 BOE employees making 100k per year. Don't tell me they can't attract good talent here for less than 100k, in this recession, there's plenty of good people looking for work.
Next, how about making students pay big time for the privilage of driving to school? Now they pay $75, why not double it or more? In Fairfax, they pay at least $150. They say the kids these days are fat, let them walk it off. Perhaps this is a small step but it's on the right path to get costs under control.

Posted by: VikingRider | June 5, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

VikingRider: the 1,100 BOE employees making 100k per year are the ones who funded her campaign.

Posted by: klaatu1 | June 6, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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