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Nancy Floreen works to get on ballot in Montgomery Co. executive race

Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen aims to run for county executive as a third-party candidate. (WTOP/Kate Ryan, file)

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen said she’s made it official: She’s switched parties from Democrat to “unaffiliated” so that she can move ahead with her plan to run for county executive.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Floreen said there was no mandate in the 80-vote margin that put Council member Marc Elrich ahead of businessman David Blair in the Democratic primary.

The results have not yet been certified by the Maryland State Board of Elections, and it’s still not clear if Blair will ask for a recount.

Also propelling her to run, Floreen said that Republican candidate Robin Ficker ran unopposed and by Maryland law, the county’s independent voters have to sit out the primary. She said, reasoning, “There is no mandate here. Most county voters have yet to be heard from.”

In her statement, Floreen, who is term-limited, said she’s running “to give Montgomery County a third, independent choice come November.”


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