2018 MoCo County Council: A Bunch Of Delegates And A Clown

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Two Bethesda Magazine articles today bring us the news that the maneuvering over the massive opportunities presented by at least four vacancies on the County Council has begun.

First up, a number of state delegates are hungrily eyeing the Council seats.

Some members of Montgomery County’s delegation to the House of Delegates are considering shifting their public service from Annapolis to Rockville and running for seats on the County Council.

The county executive as well as each of the nine council seats will be up for election in 2018. County Executive Ike Leggett has said he doesn’t plan to run for another term and no longer would be able to after voters approved a county charter amendment in November that limits the executive and council members to three consecutive terms. Four council members—at-large members Nancy Floreen, Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, and District 1 member Roger Berliner—are also unable to run because of the term-limit rule.

Del. Charles Barkley, a Democrat who represents Montgomery Village, said Thursday he’s definitely running for a council seat. He said he likely would run for an at-large seat unless council member Craig Rice decides to give up his District 2 seat, possibly to run for another office.

Del. Al Carr said he was “thinking about” running. The Kensington Democrat could run for county executive, one of the council’s four at-large seats or a District 1 seat. “There’s no one that’s not thinking about it.”

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“I’m definitely thinking about running for council District 1,” said Del. Marc Korman, who is one of three Bethesda-area Democrats in the House of Delegates. “I haven’t made any decisions yet. I really like my current job, but it’s a great opportunity.”

Del. Ariana Kelly, another Bethesda Democrat, said she favors working on state issues, but she said she’s keeping her options open.

There’s other delegates looking hard at this situation, too, but either Doug Tallman didn’t talk to them or some people are playing it cool. Suffice it to say that the free for all is starting right now.

Later in the day, we learned that everyone’s favorite clown Robin Ficker, never content to let his name remain unmentioned for more than a minute or two, is planning a run for Council too. Or maybe not.

Activist Robin Ficker said Friday he plans to run for office in Montgomery County, and plans to raise money for his campaign by contacting voters who provided email addresses when he was collecting signatures for a term-limits petition last summer.

A Republican attorney who lives in Boyds, Ficker said in an interview with Bethesda Beat earlier Friday that he would seek a seat on the Montgomery County Council, but later said Friday evening that he didn’t specify what county office he would run for.
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I’m sure this Ficker campaign will end as well as all the other ones since 1978.

Only 557 shopping days left until the 2018 gubernatorial primary. Let’s treasure each and every one of them, shall we?

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