PLUS: WATCH MARYLAND JUICE DISCUSS THE 2014 COUNTY EXEC RACE ON TV
This week has marked the beginning of the MoCo 2014 County Executive race in a major way. We previously noted that incumbent County Exec Ike Leggett is delaying a decision on re-election (potentially until June), and that there are now signs of life from former County Executive Doug Duncan. Below we further update Maryland Juice readers on the rapidly emerging dynamics in the 2014 slugfest.
JUICE #1: GEORGE LEVENTHAL SUGGESTS DOUBLE-STANDARD WITH IKE LEGGETT'S DEFENSE OF VALERIE ERVIN - After an anonymous website emerged attacking potential County Exec candidate Valerie Ervin this week, Councilmember Nancy Navarro issued a letter denouncing the tactics. Soon after County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmember Phil Andrews also released statements condemning the anonymous campaign. Notably, Andrews is another contender for 2014 County Executive.
But Councilmember George Leventhal smells political motivations behind these statements of condemnation. In response to Ike Leggett's statements about the anti-Ervin website, Leventhal posted the following message on Maryland Juice's Facebook page:
JUICE #2: DOUG DUNCAN'S FIRST CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATION CALLS HIM A "PROVEN, PROGRESSIVE LEADER" - Former County Executive Doug Duncan released the first public communication from his 2014 County Executive campaign this week. In the message below, Duncan calls himself a "proven, progressive leader":
It goes without saying that Montgomery County is special to me: I was born and raised here and my beautiful wife of 32 years, Barbara, and I have raised our five children here. It is even more special because, over the years, your friendship and support have always inspired me to serve you, to make this the best county in America.
Working together for more than a decade, we accomplished many great things on behalf of the county we love. Our community, however, is now at a critical crossroad, and we have a choice to make: either maintain the status quo and hope things work out or proactively engage and make the choices that will position our county to be a national leader.
After taking some much-needed time to focus on my health, I’m feeling better than ever. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and once again provide the kind of strong leadership that our county warrants. Montgomery County deserves more than the blame-game politics that have become commonplace; Montgomery County needs more than ever a proven, progressive leader who would rather focus on solutions and is bold enough to execute them.
I’m concerned about our future; I’m concerned about growing jobs and strengthening our economy, about making our nationally recognized school system even better and about finding real solutions to our transportation challenges.
There’s no doubt that we face serious challenges. But we’ve tackled tough problems before—we revitalized downtown Silver Spring, we reduced class sizes, and we fought for our fair share of funding from our state government in Annapolis, for roads, transit, school construction, and community needs.
You and I know from experience that Montgomery County can’t move forward by standing still. I hope you’ll join me, once again, as we fight to keep Montgomery County the best place in America to live, work and raise a family.
Thank you for all of your past support; I’m excited about the prospect of working together with you again to move this great county forward. Please go to dougduncan.com to contribute and volunteer. Your help is essential for our future.
I’m ready to get started. Are you?
JUICE #3: MARYLAND JUICE ANALYSES THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACE ON TV - Last week Maryland Juice spoke on a panel for potential candidates for public office. After my part of the presentation, a reporter from Montgomery Community Media interviewed me about the 2014 election cycle. In the pair of short videos below you can watch me discuss the dynamics of the County Executive race and more: