Nancy Navarro elected Montgomery County council president

The Montgomery County Council elected new officers, including the county’s first Latina council president, at a meeting on Tuesday.

Council member Nancy Navarro (D-Midcounty), who was vice president of the council for the last year, said she hopes to focus on the county’s poor and minority population during her year-long tenure as council president.

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The County Council also elected council member Craig Rice (D-Upcounty) to be the council’s vice president. Rice, the youngest member on the council, was a former state delegate.

Both county officials have noted demographic shifts in the county, one of the most affluent in the nation. For instance, the county has become majority-minority over the last decade.

“It is fitting that the face of our [council] reflects that change,” Rice said of Navarro.

Traditionally, council vice presidents are elected presidents the following year, so it is likely that Rice will be elected president next year.

Neither Navarro nor Rice has expressed interest in leaving the council in 2014. But a majority of the council’s nine members are weighing county executive bids. Council member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) said he is committed to running, while George Leventhal (D-At Large) has expressed strong interest.

Navarro replaces Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac), who has been on the council since 2006.

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