Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Navarro Triumphs in Special Council Election - Washington Post

By Ann E. Marimow
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Board of Education member Nancy Navarro easily defeated low-tax advocate Robin Ficker yesterday to win an open seat on the Montgomery County Council, retaining an all-Democratic lineup on the nine-member panel.

With all precincts reporting, Navarro led Ficker, the Republican candidate, by 63 percent to 33 percent. Also on the ballot was Green Party candidate George Gluck, a software consultant.

Navarro pledged in a written statement to hold a series of town hall meetings to reach out to "all members of the community" and to provide "steady, responsive representation."

Voter turnout was light yesterday in District 4, in the eastern part of the county, with about 10,500 voters, or 9 percent of those registered, casting ballots. Election officials are scheduled to begin counting at least 1,380 absentee ballots this week, but spokeswoman Marjorie Roher said the review was unlikely to affect the outcome.

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