Leggett wins exec race

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006

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Chris Rossi⁄The Gazette
County executive candidate Isiah ‘‘Ike” Leggett acknowledges his supporters’ cheers at his campaign headquarters in Cloverly on Tuesday night. With 40 percent of the precincts reporting, he was leading Steven A. Silverman.

Former county councilman Isiah ‘‘Ike” Leggett beat Councilman Steven A. Silverman in the Democratic primary for county executive with all precincts reporting early Wednesday morning.

In the County Council race, five-term incumbent Michael L. Subin was facing possible defeat.

As he had throughout the night, Leggett finished ahead of Silverman, 61 percent to 36 percent. Robert Raymond Fustero of Silver Spring was a distant third.

Leggett, met with applause and the chant of ‘‘Ike, Ike, Ike!” from supporters gathered in Cloverly, wrapped up the evening at 12:10 a.m. sounding confident.

‘‘You’ve heard me say for the last 18 months that I love Montgomery County, but tonight I really love Montgomery County, because in Montgomery County nice guys with good ideas can finish first,” he said. Silverman (D-At large) of Silver Spring left his campaign party at a North Bethesda restaurant at about midnight without conceding defeat. ‘‘There are thousands of paper ballots and provisional ballots that won’t be counted for days,” he said.

The winner will face Republican Charles R. ‘‘Chuck” Floyd of Kensington and Republican-turned-independent Robin Ficker of Boyds on Nov. 7.

Provisional and absentee ballots will be counted next week.

Subin’s possible loss was turning into the big story of the night in the County Council Democratic primary.

A bicycle accident, in which Subin (D-At large) of Gaithersburg punctured a lung and broke several ribs, kept him off the campaign trail for most of August.

All nine seats on the County Council, the county’s governing body, are up for re-election.

Subin was fifth in the at-large race early Wednesday, where four spots were up for grabs. Council President George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park led the field with 15.8 percent, followed by Duchy Trachtenberg, a social worker from Rockville and president of the state’s National Organization of Women, with 14.2 percent, Takoma Park Councilman Mark Elrich with 14 percent and Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park with 13.5 percent.

The results were telling, Elrich said. ‘‘If the numbers hold up, it means the people want a different approach to growth in the county. People want a change.”

Subin, with 11.8 percent, was perplexed by the results, which indicated that his two decades on the council might be over. ‘‘It’s still early, but there are trends you can’t ignore,” he said. ‘‘It’s frustrating the way the numbers are working out tonight.”

Leggett said a Subin defeat would be ‘‘a loss for the county. ... If it does happen, it will be a personal loss for me because he will not be a part of my team going forward.”

Four Republicans — county GOP Chairman Tom Reinheimer of Boyds, Adol T. Owen-Williams of Clarksburg, Shelly Skolnick and Amber Gnemi of Silver Spring — automatically advanced to the Nov. 7 election.

In District 3, Councilman Philip M. Andrews, with 75 percent of the vote, led Rockville City Councilman Robert E. ‘‘Bob” Dorsey. The winner will run against Republican Henry F. Marraffa Jr., a Gaithersburg city councilman.

In District 4, Councilwoman Marilyn J. Praisner of Calverton, with 79 percent led communications consultant Mike Jones of Layhill Village East. The winner will face Republican Mark D. Fennel of Silver Spring, membership services director of Citizens Against Government Waste, in November.

In District 5, school board member Valerie Ervin of Silver Spring, with 61 percent, outpaced Rock the Vote political director Hans Riemer of Silver Spring. The winner faces Republican retiree and baseball umpire Dennis E. Walsh in the general election.

Shirley Brandman a PTA advocate from Bethesda, and Tommy Le, an engineer from Kensington, were the leading at-large candidates in the nonpartisan school board election. Incumbent Nancy Navarro of Silver Spring and PTA advocate Philip Kauffman of Olney led in District 5.

Deputy State’s Attorney John McCarthy of Rockville, with 68 percent, was leading Daniel M. Fox of Bethesda, a former California prosecutor, in the Democratic primary to succeed Montgomery County State’s Attorney Douglas F. Gansler. The winner faces Republican and Montgomery Village defense attorney James F. Shalleck.

Sheriff Raymond M. Kight (D) of North Potomac, led in his bid for a sixth term, over Edward A. Clarke of Olney, a former security director for the county school system, and Robert A. ‘‘Rob” Moroney of Rockville, a retired State Police sergeant. The Democratic nominee will face retired county police officer Dave Stultz of Brookeville on Nov. 7.

Deputy Clerk Loretta E. Knight of Germantown was leading in the Democratic primary to succeed Clerk of Court Molly Q. Ruhl (D), who is retiring after 27 years. Terry Bork of Silver Spring was unopposed in the GOP primary.

Staff Writers Janel Davis, Melissa Chadwick and C. Benjamin Ford contributed to this report.