Leggett won't run for governor after exec term expires, he says
Montgomery County executive will not seek elected office; County Council president rumored to be potential exec candidate
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) says he will not seek elected office after his term expires in 2015.
Leggett says he has committed to serving two terms as county executive, and despite rumors circulating in the county he is not eyeing a bid for governor.
"I'm not running for anything," he said in a phone interview Thursday. "Not governor, not nothing."
Leggett served 16 years on the County Council before being elected county executive in 2006.
The idea of Leggett running to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was discussed during a fundraiser in Silver Spring on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, there also was speculation at the fundraiser for Jubilee, a nonprofit that serves residents with disabilities, that Council President Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring is among the potential candidates considering running for county executive in 2014.
On Thursday, Ervin said she has not made a final decision.
"People have some desires that I know about," she said of the rumors.
Ervin said her goal now is to get through May 26, when the council will approve a fiscal 2012 budget. When her term as council president ends in December, she'll discuss future plans, she said.