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Ike Leggett will run for third term as Montgomery County Executive

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Declaring he’s in the best position to keep his home turf’s “fiscal house in order,” Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced Wednesday morning he plans to seek a third term next year.

“During the past eighteen months, many of you have asked me to seek another term as County Executive,” he said in a statement. “I have come to the conclusion that, in fact, I do want to continue to provide my voice and leadership as we move forward together.

"Therefore, I will be a candidate in the 2014 election for Montgomery County Executive.”

Never shy about tackling controversial issues, such as an increase in the gas tax to help pay for transportation needs and finding a suitable site for day laborers to gather, Leggett believes he has unfinished business.

“I believe that I am in the best position to continue the work I have begun to keep this County's fiscal house in order, further promote job growth, protect public safety, improve the quality of our great schools, make the county a more "welcoming" community, enhance our environment, and build an even better future for our children and grandchildren,” he said in the statement.

Leggett is the former Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

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