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Former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) held the first major event of his campaign to reclaim the office Sunday and scored an endorsement from Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac.

Delaney said in a statement that Duncan’s values and expertise were well known in the county, and that he had a long-term vision to make the county a great place to work, live, start a business and raise a family. The county has been blessed with tremendous leadership over the past two decades, including current County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), Delaney said in the statement.

Delaney received Duncan’s endorsement in the 2012 congressional race. Leggett initially planned to retire at the end of his second term, but is now considering whether to seek a third term in 2014.

County Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg is the only person who has filed his candidacy for county executive, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring has formed an exploratory committee on whether she should run. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park said previously that if Leggett is out, he might be in. And Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park is also considered a potential candidate.

Duncan, 57, served as county executive from 1994 to 2006. His legacy includes the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring.

Duncan began a run for the governor’s seat in 2006, but abruptly dropped out, citing a fight with clinical depression. Since then, Duncan has been vocal about the successful treatment of his condition with medication.

Recently, Duncan has served as chair of the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance, a group that has lobbied state lawmakers for increased funding for road and transit projects.

The Duncan Family Picnic was held at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, and drew more than 300 people, according to Duncan’s campaign.

dleaderman@gazette.net