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Former MoCo planner Hanson expected to run for council

The suspense is almost over in Montgomery County's race for the open County Council seat being vacated by Mike Knapp (D).

Royce Hanson, formerly chairman of the county's planning board, who has been highly critical of what he said is political interference in the planning process, is expected to announce his candidacy Tuesday, the filing deadline in Maryland.

Hanson, 78, won't confirm he is running, but has been making plans for a formal announcement at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Germantown. He has been meeting privately with potential supporters and nailing down pledges for campaign donations.

He will enter a potentially crowded field for the nomination in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. So far, Charles Kirchman of Germantown, Craig Rice, a delegate to the General Assembly, and Sharon Dooley, a local activist who ran against Knapp in 2006, are eyeing the race. On the Republican side, activist and attorney Robin Ficker of Boyds, is planning a run.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  July 2, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  Miranda Spivack , Montgomery County  
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The tax-increasing Democratic king-makers have come to believe that Rice couldn't beat Robin. That's is what their polling shows. So they have come up with
Don Praisner II.

Posted by: robinficker | July 2, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I am a resident of District 2 and am very happy to learn that Mr. Hanson may run. District 2 needs leadership to see us through this fiscal crisis - Mr. Hanson is a focused, intelligent and rational civil servant. His record demonstrates that.

Posted by: JoshTaylor14 | July 2, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the plot thickens, the pot boils...what fund in District 2. I live in District 2 also and think Hanson will make a fine showing in this largest council district in the county. This district has been plagued with controversial land use issues which Hanson is the expert on. He also has the institutional memory of how this county came to be where it is and a unique vision of where it could go.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 3, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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