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Leggett picks former state House candidate to manage 2014 reelection campaign

Scott Goldberg, a former Maryland House candidate and one-time head of the Montgomery County Young Democrats, is Isiah Leggett’s choice for a 2014 campaign manager.

For Goldberg, 31, Leggett’s bid for a third term as county executive will be his first as a manager. In 2004, the New Jersey native was deputy campaign manager for Ann Wolfe (D), who unsuccessfully challenged Republican incumbent Scott Garrett in the state’s Fifth Congressional District. The University of Maryland graduate ran for District 16 state delegate in 2010, finishing behind C. William Frick, Susan Lee and Ariana Kelly.

Leggett interviewed several candidates before settling on Goldberg, whose first official day on the job was Monday.

“For the past seven years Ike has run the county in responsible way, and it’s on an upward trajectory,” said Goldberg, when asked how he would describe Leggett’s basic message in the June Democratic primary against former county executive Doug Duncan and Council member Phil Andrews (D-Rockville-Gaithersburg) .

He said he will take a leave of absence from his Bethesda residential property management business.

Leggett ran unopposed in the 2010 primary. In 2006, his campaign was run by former Board of Education member Fran Brenneman, and Jennifer Hughes, currently head of the county’s Office of Management and Budget.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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