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Montgomery Dems Ramp Up for County Exec Race

Former County Executive Doug Duncan met today with pollster and political advisers, according to CenterMaryland.org.

 

Will Doug Duncan—Montgomery’s longest-serving county executive—return for a run at an unprecedented fourth term?

Duncan's political future came into clearer focus Tuesday after he met with advisers in Gaithersburg to mull the 2014 election, Josh Kurtz writes in CenterMaryland.org. The closed meeting hashed over the results of a new poll “that supposedly showed Duncan handily defeating every other potential Democratic candidate,” according to Kurtz.

Speculation has long swirled that Duncan—who served as Montgomery’s executive from 1994 to 2006 before a gubernatorial campaign that ended with him dropping out, citing clinical depression—is primed for a return to county politics.

If so, he would be joining a field that already has two prominent Democrats in the running. County Councilmen Phil Andrews of Gaithersburg and George Leventhal of Takoma Park both recently announced their intent to run for county executive, The Gazette reported. State Del. Ben Kramer of Derwood is also considering a run, depending on two-term County Executive Isiah Leggett’s decision to bow out of politics, according to The Gazette.

Leggett (D) has maintained he will not seek a third term, despite being “under a lot of pressure from people asking me to reconsider,” he said in an interview with Patch editors.

“That’s the commitment and understanding that I have with my wife. … Until and unless we have some change, that’s it, that' what I’m going to do,” he said.

David S. Paglin November 28, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Do it,Mr. Duncan. You were strong on environmental concerns,which are increasingly important in MC as time passes and development continues. Moreover, your candor about depression stands strong in your behalf. Happy winter holidays. David Paglin (Columbia College '66, not '76)--Silver Spring
MD November 28, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Leggett, let me be one of many to ask you to quit now...our county needs a major overhaul....
John November 28, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Fantastic!!! MoCo was in great shape, when Duncan was County Exec. Ever since he left the job, the County has had all kinds of problems. Bring back Doug Duncan!!!
Joe Galvagna December 07, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Bringing back Duncan willl not solve the problem. We need less entitlements and some one that will enforce this. Stop the give aways. MoCo and MD is too far gone nobody can bring it back.
Craig January 17, 2013 at 05:12 AM
It is crazy that Doug Duncan is considered a "centrist" but hey, I am all for Dougy D. instead of that hack Leventhal or Phil Andrews.

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