New Entry Heats Up Md. Executive Race
ABC 7 News
January 26, 2005
Former Montgomery County (website - news) Councilman Isiah
Leggett said Wednesday he is running for county executive
because Montgomery County is a wonderful place to live and he
"simply wants to make it better."
Leggett said he wants to make sure everyone has "a seat at
the table" and "a voice in the outcome."
Leggett would be the first black county executive if elected.
Leggett said he does not believe race will be a factor because
he has proven he can win countywide. Leggett was on the council
from 1986 to 2002.
The election isn't until November 2006 but Leggett said he is
announcing now because the race really has been under way for
some time and his supporters urged him to do so.
County Executive Doug Duncan is widely expected to run for
Leggett is the second person to declare for the Democratic
nomination, after Councilman Steven Silverman. Leggett already
has the support of Council President Tom Perez.
One issue sure to come up is the proposed intercounty
connector that would link Montgomery and Prince George's. During
his years on the council, Leggett recused himself because he
owns property along the route. But he says that it is part of
the master plan and as county executive, he would have to