Montgomery Republicans nominate council candidates -- Gazette.Net


The Montgomery County Republican Central Committee has nominated four candidates to fill out the party’s County Council ballot for the November elections.

Republicans Chris P. Fiotes Jr. of Gaithersburg and Adol T. Owen-Williams II of Potomac were nominated to run in at-large races. Jim Kirkland of Bethesda was nominated in District 1 and John O’Malley of Silver Spring was nominated in District 4.

They join Republicans Shelly Skolnick of Silver Spring and Robert Dyer of Bethesda, who filed to run at-large races before the Feb. 25 deadline, and Republican Dick Jurgena, who filed in District 2.

Fiotes originally filed to run in District 2, but withdrew from that race and will instead seek an at-large seat.

Even with the additional candidates, there will be no Republican council primaries in June; GOP candidates will advance directly to the November general election.

Democrats will have primaries in each race, except District 4, where Councilwoman Nancy Navarro is unopposed.

When there are vacancies on the ballot after the filing deadline, the local central committee can nominate candidates to fill them, said Michael Higgs, chairman of the county’s Republican Central Committee.

Some candidates waited to file because they were deciding between whether to run for the council or a General Assembly seat, Higgs said.

The party has established a theme of ending one-party rule in Montgomery County, and Higgs said he expects that mantra to be used by the various Republican campaigns.

Montgomery currently has no Republicans holding elected office at the county, state or federal levels.

Democrats outnumber Republicans by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio in the county. Figures from the state Board of Elections show 345,449 registered Democrats and 125,185 registered Republicans as of the 2012 presidential election.

The party doesn’t like seeing Democrats run unopposed and wants voters to have an alternative in the election, Higgs said.