- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Isiah “Ike” Leggett appeared last night to win the Montgomery County executive race, fending off minimal opposition from Republican Charles R. “Chuck” Floyd.

With 87 of 241 precincts reporting, Mr. Leggett, 61, a four-term County Council member from Burtonsville and a Howard University law professor, had 46,230 votes, or 67 percent.

Mr. Leggett will succeed Douglas M. Duncan, a three-term county executive who campaigned for governor until dropping out June 22.

Mr. Floyd, 56, a retired military officer, had 16,205 votes, or 23 percent.

In the U.S. House race for the District 8 seat, incumbent Chris Van Hollen, a Kensington Democrat, appeared to be the winner. With 65 of 170 precincts reporting, Mr. Van Hollen, 47, had 38,867 votes, or 75 percent.

Jeffrey M. Stein, 3l, a Rockville Republican, had 12,052 votes, or 23 percent.

In the U.S. House race for the District 6 seat, incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a Republican from Buckeystown, appeared to be the winner.

With four of the nine precincts reporting, Mr. Bartlett, 80, had 1,756 votes or 52 percent. Andrew Duck, 44, a Brunswick Democrat, had 1,518 votes, or 45 percent.

In the race for county state’s attorney, John McCarthy, 54, a Rockville Democrat, appeared to win, with 87 of 241 precincts reporting. Mr. McCarthy had 47,083, or 72 percent. Republican challenger James F. Shalleck, 60, of Montgomery Village, had 18,251 votes, or 27.6 percent.

The winner will replace Douglas F. Gansler, who left the office to run for the state’s attorney general office.

In the County Council races, there were four open at-large seats.

With 87 of 241 precincts reporting, the four apparent at-large County Council winners were all Democrats — incumbent Nancy M. Floreen, 55, the mayor of Garrett Park; George L. Leventhal, the incumbent council president from Takoma Park; Marc Elrich, 57, a Takoma Park teacher; and Duchy Trachtenberg, 52, a social worker and north Bethesda Democrat.

Mrs. Floreen, 55, had 44,806 votes, or 18 percent. Mr. Leventhal, 44, had 44,104 votes, or 17.7 percent. Mr. Elrich, 57, had 43,053 votes, or 17 percent. Mr. Trachtenberg, 52, had 42,276 votes, or 16.9 percent.

Candidates also went head-to-head in the County Council races for Montgomery’s five districts.

In the District 1 race, Democratic challenger Roger Berliner, 55, a Potomac lawyer, appeared to be the winner, with 23 of 58 precincts reporting. Mr. Berliner, 55, had 10,931 votes, or 56.5 percent. Republican incumbent Howard A. Denis, 66, of Chevy Chase, had 8,390 votes, or 43.4 percent.

In District 2, incumbent Michael J. Knapp, 40, a Germantown Democrat appeared to be the winner, with 16 of 49 precincts reporting. Mr. Knapp, 40, had 7,625 votes, or 62 percent. Republican challenger Scott R. Dyer, 27, of Montgomery Village had 4,672 votes, or 38 percent.

In District 3, incumbent Philip M. Andrews, a Gaithersburg Democrat, appeared to be the winner, with 14 of 47 precincts reporting.

Mr. Andrews, 47, had 7,099 votes, or 73 percent. Republican challenger Henry F. Marraffa Jr., 68, of Gaithersburg, had 2,650 votes, or 27 percent.

In District 4, incumbent Marilyn J. Praisner, 64, of Calverton, appeared to win, with 19 of 47 precincts reporting. Mrs. Praisner had 11,142 votes, or 75 percent. The challenger, Mark D. Fennel, 40, a Silver Spring Republican, had 3,774 votes, or 25 percent.

In District 5, Valerie Ervin, 49, a Silver Spring Democrat, appeared to win, with 15 of 52 precincts reporting. Mrs. Ervin had 8,783 votes, or 79 percent. Republican candidate Dennis E. Walsh, 52, a semi-retired businessman from Kensington, had 2,340 votes, or 21 percent.

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