Van Hollen endorses Leggett for Montgomery executive -- Gazette.Net


Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington has endorsed Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett in his race for re-election.

Leggett is seeking a third term as county executive, and is being challenged by former County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg for the Democratic nomination.

Duncan served as county executive from 1994 through 2006, while Andrews has been on the council since 1998.

Van Hollen sent out a letter praising Leggett for his work in keeping federal jobs in the county and dedication to causes such as affordable housing and the environment.

“As we move into the future, Montgomery County continues to need a visionary and principled leader who can deliver results,” Van Hollen wrote. “Our county executive, Ike Leggett, has demonstrated that, time and again, he is that leader.”

The letter carried an authority line from Van Hollen’s congressional campaign.

Leggett said he was “very appreciative” of the endorsement.

Leggett said Thursday that Van Hollen had indicated some time before the holidays that he would likely endorse Leggett.

Leggett said he and Van Hollen have a strong relationship and have worked together on a number of projects for the county, including bringing Walter Reed Medical Center to Bethesda and the downcounty Purple Line project.

But they’ve also worked on less high-profile programs such as increasing the number of federal government housing vouchers for veterans in the county, Leggett said.

He praised Van Hollen’s “extraordinary level of commitment” to Montgomery County despite his senior leadership positions among the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives.