With the state legislature adjourned and county budget deliberations all but complete, Montgomery’s 2014 political season is starting to heat up.
Former county executive Doug Duncan, seeking to reclaim the office he held for three terms (1994-2006), held his first major public event Sunday, a picnic fundraiser where he received the endorsement of Rep. John Delaney (D-Md).
Duncan, who considered running for the newly redrawn 6th Congressional District seat in 2012, instead endorsed Delaney. The Chevy Chase businessman and political newcomer staged a surprise primary win over State Sen. Robert Garagiola (D-Montgomery) in the Democratic primary. He went on to defeat Republican incumbent Roscoe Bartlett.
On Sunday, Delaney returned the favor, sort of. He said he was proud to endorse Duncan, but also treated incumbent County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) gently.
“Montgomery County has been consistently blessed with tremendous leadership over the last two decades and Ike Leggett has served the county well,” Delaney said in a statement released by the campaign. “Doug Duncan’s record speaks for itself and his values and expertise are well-known around our county. I know Doug has the long term vision to make our county a great place to work, live, start a business, raise a family, and he has a plan to make Montgomery work.”
About 300 people attended the “Duncan Family Picnic” at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, according to a campaign spokesman. No word on how much money was raised.
Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews, the only other announced candidate in the race so far, spent Sunday afternoon knocking on doors in Glen Echo. Leggett, who has yet to say whether he will seek a third term, is expected to reveal his plans soon.