Though results not official yet, congratulations begin for Montgomery
Unofficial results report she beat incumbent senator Rona Kramer by 101 votes in District 14 primary
Montgomery, of Brookeville, said Miller (D-Dist. 27) called today to congratulate her on the win and said he hoped to meet with her before the General Assembly convenes in January.
Miller could not be reached for comment by mid-afternoon Wednesday.
Kramer, of Olney, a Democrat and two-term senator, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night or Wednesday.
Montgomery, a Democrat and two-term member of the House of Delegates, received 50.54 percent of the votes from the 34 precincts, or 4,740 votes, while Kramer received 49.46 percent, or 4,639 votes, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
The election results are not yet final and absentee and provision ballots had not been counted by Tuesday's primary election.
Montgomery also said she received a congratulatory call from her House colleague Del. Anne R. Kaiser, a Democrat who received the highest vote count in her own primary race for a third term.
"Lots of friends have reached out and I thank them," Montgomery said Wednesday. "I thank everyone involved [in my campaign]."
With lingering problems in transportation and infrastructure in the region, the District 14 races for Senate and House attracted several novice politicians to the primaries.
Kramer and Montgomery echo the same sentiments on a variety of issues. At a Democratic forum held at Sandy Spring Friends School last month, both said they support increasing the state alcohol tax and lowering the proposed toll rate for the Intercounty Connector, the $2.6 billion east-west toll road that will connect Gaithersburg and Laurel and go through the district. They also share a common interest in supporting residents with disabilities.
Issues dividing Kramer and Montgomery are the death penalty, which Kramer supports in certain cases and Montgomery is against all together, and slot machines, which Kramer described as a source of revenue and Montgomery objects to.
Kramer, who served on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, said her main focus is on tax and budget stability and keeping tax dollars in Montgomery County.
Montgomery said she supports increasing public transportation in the district in an effort to relieve road congestion, while working to maintain and improve infrastructure. She is also a proponent of education investment from pre-kindergarten to the university level, which would lend itself to a well-educated workforce.
Montgomery visited polling centers across District 14 and said that while the day had been "wonderfully busy," she was upset with the low voter turnout.
If her win is confirmed, Montgomery will face Republican Eric J. Cary, also of Brookeville, in the general election Nov. 2.
In the House side of the Democratic primary race, Kaiser, Craig Zucker and newcomer Eric Luedtke have the highest vote counts among the eight candidates who vied for three seats.
Kaiser, of Burtonsville, has 24.11 percent of the votes, or 6,116, followed closely by Zucker, of Brookeville, with 23.56 percent, or 5,978 votes, according to the county Board of Election website.
Zucker, who serves as deputy chief of staff for Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot, ran unsuccessfully for a District 14 House seat in 2002.
Luedtke, a schoolteacher from Burtonsville, has 13.85 percent of the votes, or 3,515.
Following Luedtke are Jodi Finkelstein of Olney with 11.95 percent, or 3,031votes; Robert Bo Newsome of Laytonsville with 10.66 percent, or 2,704 votes; Gerald Roper of Colesville with 6.32 percent, or 1,604 votes; Neeta Datt of Burtonsville with 4.86 percent, or 1,234 votes; and Vanessa Ali with 4.68 percent, or 1,188 votes.
Kaiser, Zucker and Luedtke will face Republicans Patricia Fenati, Henry Kahwaty and Maria Peña-Faustino in the general election. Fenati, Kahwaty and Peña-Faustino advanced to the election without a primary run-off.
District 14 is comprised of all or parts of Ashton, Brinklow, Brookeville, Burtonsville, Calverton, Cloverly, Colesville, Damascus, Fairland, Goshen, Laytonsville, Montgomery Village, Olney, Sandy Spring, Silver Spring, Spencerville and Sunshine.