GAITHERSBURG, MD (WUSA9)--Doug Duncan wants his old job back as Montgomery County Executive in 2014. The 57-year-old Duncan served three terms as County Executive (1994-2006) before making a short-lived bid for governor in 2006. Duncan dropped out of the Maryland gubernatorial race citing a battle with depression.
On Sunday Duncan held his first big campaign event at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg.
In an interview with WUSA9 Duncan said he thinks he can move the county forward.
"We need to get the county working together again. Right now you have the School Board fighting the County Council fighting our delegation in Annapolis. You've got the unions fighting the Democratic Party. It's just too much divisiveness in the county and it really hurts our ability to get things done and to grow our tax base and to provide a good quality of life for the people."
Several hundred people attended the Sunday picnic says a campaign news release. Among those in attendance, Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland) who gave his endorsement of Duncan's run for the top county job.
"I am proud to endorse Doug Duncan for Montgomery County Executive. Montgomery County has been consistently blessed with tremendous leadership over the last two decades and Ike Leggett has served the county well," Delaney is quoted as saying by the Duncan campaign. "Doug Duncan's record speaks for itself and his values and expertise are well-known around our county. I know Doug has the long term vision to make our county a great place tow work, live, start a business, raise a family, and he has a plan to make Montgomery work."
Ike Leggett has not announced whether he will seek a third term or not.
According to the Maryland State Board of Elections website, Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews is the only candidate who has filed to run for the office. He filed on April 17th.