With 96% of the vote in and fewer than 500 votes between the two leaders in the Montgomery County executive race, health care executive David Blair announced the race “too close to call” Tuesday night as he narrowly trailed County Councilmember Marc Elrich.
UPDATED: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rushern L. Baker III missed a scheduled campaign stop Monday morning at the Silver Spring Metro Station because his wife was taken the hospital early that morning. But wife Christa Beverly “is doing well and now home resting,” Baker said in a tweet Monday afternoon thanking people for their concern.
This updated list of all the candidates on Montgomery County ballots includes endorsements by unions and advocacy groups, and information on candidates who have qualified for public campaign financing, as well as those who sought the public financing but were disqualified.
Maryland’s constitutional convention of 1967 proposed that voters stop electing sheriffs, clerks of the circuit court and registers of wills. The incumbents disagreed vehemently then, helping to defeat the entire constitution, and the candidates for these courthouses offices disagree now.
In Alan Bowser’s run for Montgomery County Clerk of the Court, he is running on a platform of transparency and accountability, but incumbent clerk Barbara Meiklejohn says her opponent is being dishonest about the endorsements he claims.
Elrich, along with David Blair, attended a candidate’s forum at the Tastee Diner in downtown Silver Spring Wednesday morning. The questions were pointed, and as each candidate answered, a contrast between two potential leaders in the race emerged.
Montgomery County candidates and voters are taking more notice of the source of campaign funds in the first election where public financing is an option. Former County Councilmember Phil Andrews, the architect of the public campaign financing program for county council and county executive races, said he believes some voters will favor candidates using the public financing system.
In the race for the Montgomery County Council at-large more than two-thirds of the candidates have applied to participate in the public financing program, but less than half have gained approval as the submission deadline looms Tuesday.