5. In Montgomery County, the campaign for the 2014 Democratic nomination for county executive will be transformed by:
a. Incumbent Ike Leggett’s surprise move to run for lieutenant governor, triggering an avalanche of County Council members tumbling into the race to oppose former county executive Doug Duncan.
b. A groundswell for council member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville), backed by do-good civic associations and environmental interests.
c. Leggett’s decision to seek a third term, because he can’t stand the prospect that Duncan might win and govern when the economy is recovering — a pleasure that Leggett never enjoyed.
6. The winner of the District special election to pick an at-large council member to replace Phil Mendelson will be:
a. Prominent Republican Patrick Mara, who wins in his third outing by stressing clean government and appealing to new residents who are transforming the city electorate.
b. Longtime Democratic operative Anita Bonds , who benefits from unified support of the old party establishment concerned that it’s losing its grip on the city.
c. Democrat-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Michael Brown, who regains a seat after just losing one to Independent David Grosso.
d. Newcomer Elissa Silverman, who impresses voters with her knowledge of city affairs gained from work at the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, Washington City Paper and The Washington Post.
7. Redskins owner Dan Snyder will:
a. Celebrate a 12-4 record, as RGIII and Alfred Morris only get better in their second year.
b. Be satisfied with 10-6 again, as momentum is slowed by a tougher schedule and shortage of draft picks.
c. Mourn as RGIII gets injured early in season and team slips to 8-8.
d. Resume meddling in football operations and send team skidding to 6-10. Tailgaters storm his mansion in Potomac.
My picks: 1. (a). 2. (b). 3. (e). 4. (b). 5. (c). 6. (a). 7. (b). Happy new year!
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