Democrat Marc Elrich will be next Montgomery County Executive
Montgomery County Councilmember At-Large Marc Elrich, a Democrat, will be the next Montgomery County Executive.
The three-way race was an interesting one. Elrich and Republican Robin Ficker were joined in the race by Nancy Floreen, who left the Democratic Party to run as an independent candidate.
Elrich won with 225,690 votes (64.3 percent) to Floreen’s 67,402 (19.2 percent). Ficker came in third with 57,489 (16.4 percent). Write ins totaled 0.1 percent.
The business-backed Floreen switched her party registration from Democratic to unaffiliated, successfully petitioning to run against union-backed Elrich after June's primary, which she didn't contest.
She asserted despite "some bruised feelings," the party would "of course" welcome her back. But Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee Chair Scott Goldberg has a different take.
Goldberg says Floreen has "weakened her stature" and criticized her calling herself a "lifelong Democrat" in ads. He says the party fully backed Elrich in the three-way race.
A term limits charter amendment that passed in the county in 2016 meant longtime County Executive Ike Leggett couldn't run again, though he had already said he would not seek a fourth term. Leggett, a Democrat, had served as County Executive since 2006.
In the Democratic primary in July, three term-limited councilmembers ran for county executive -- Robert Berliner, George Leventhal, and Elrich.
Elrich narrowly won the primary by 77 votes over businessman David Blair. Both had about 29 percent of the primary vote.
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