Leggett: I was the right man for tough times

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) leaves office on Monday, after 12 years on the job. Councilman Marc B. Elrich (D) takes the oath of office on December 3 at noon. Leggett sat down with Maryland Matters reporter Bruce DePuyt recently for an extended look back at his ground-breaking career. The first African-American to hold elective office in Montgomery County, Leggett served on the County Council from 1986-2002, became chairman of the state Democratic Party in 2002, and was elected executive in 2006, 2010 and 2014. (Md. Matters)

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Ike Leggett’s ‘soft approach’ won applause in 12 years leading Montgomery County

Former Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin remembers many times when County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett summoned her to his office to urge she tone down her left-wing rhetoric. Although the conversations between the two Democrats were “not always pleasant,” she said, she came to appreciate the “soft approach” of the man who is about to step down after 12 years in the top job in the state’s largest county. (Wash. Post)

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Going out together: Baker, Leggett celebrate a long friendship as they leave office

It is their favorite picture together. The law professor and his student are grinning, clad in stylish black shades and sitting side by side, laughing as if sharing a joke only the two of them understood. The caption reads, “Friends for Life.” The inside joke is this: One of the two men never expected to be there. By his own telling, Rushern L. Baker III, the outgoing Prince George’s County executive, was not the greatest student at Howard University School of Law in the mid-1980s. Isiah Leggett — who will step down as Montgomery County executive on Monday, the same day Baker leaves office — was the intimidating dean who didn’t let him give up. (Wash. Post)

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Rushern Baker’s stubborn focus helped transform Prince George’s County

They call him the closer. Eight years after Rushern L. Baker III declared he would renew and reform Prince George's County, the outgoing executive has done so. A shimmering glass hotel and casino brands the horizon along the Potomac River in National Harbor, where deciduous trees once grew. In Largo, bulldozers rumble over dirt, preparing to lay the foundation of a regional research hospital. And throughout the 500-square-mile county, which sits just outside Washington, thousands of residents have jobs in offices, shops and businesses that, several years ago, did not exist. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel Republicans blame Trump, turnout for their defeat on Election Day

The Fado Irish Pub in Annapolis was full of hopeful Republicans drinking alcohol and listening to loud music as they waited for election results to pour in on Nov. 6. Internal polls showed Republicans up across the county, so the party was a celebration. But as the results came in, the party made the transition from celebration to mourning. Republicans across the county were losing their races, including County Executive Steve Schuh who was a favorite over challenger Steuart Pittman. All the polls showed the campaign up by 10 to 15 points, Shuch said. He ended up losing 52 to 48 percent. Schuh pointed to one reason for the Republican defeat: President Donald Trump. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman promises community-focused inauguration ceremony

Steuart Pittman will become the new county executive at noon Monday, and he is promising an inauguration ceremony focusing on community and not political dignitaries. Four of the major speakers include a student, a firefighter, a farmer from north county and local historian Janice Hayes-Williams, Pittman said. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The ceremony is expected to take about an hour, with lunch to follow. (Capital)

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Outgoing Commissioner Howard says goodbye, give North Carroll High School back to Hampstead

At his last Board of County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29, Doug Howard, R-District 5, thanked county staff and his fellow commissioners, and recommended getting North Carroll High School off the county’s hands. Many residents have advocated for re-opening North Carroll High, which was closed in 2016 — despite county staff’s calculations that it would not be feasible to do so — and ideas about putting the building up for sale or lease or creating a community center have been bounced around without making much headway. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Parrott, Corderman invest heavily in General Assembly election

In the waning weeks of the 2018 election season, Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington, far outspent every other Washington County legislative candidate, even though his victory was never really in doubt. But Del. Paul Corderman, R-Washington, has spent way more than any of them this year in order to win a full term in the House of Delegates seat to which he was appointed last year. (Herald-Mail)

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