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Craig Rice Named Montgomery County Council President

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New council president Craig Rice, left, stands next to his predecessor Nancy Navarro.
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New council president Craig Rice, left, stands next to his predecessor Nancy Navarro.

The Montgomery County council has picked a new president: Craig Rice.

Rice, who is going into the last year of his first term on the council, was chosen by his colleagues as president this morning. He follows Nancy Navarro, whose one-year tenure as president ended today.

A former state delegate, Rice says he will focus on helping small businesses during his year as the top councilman. He also plans on leaning on his experience in Annapolis in advocating for several bills the General Assembly will take up next year that would benefit the county.

This is likely to include a measure that would give the county more money for school construction.

Rice also wants the state to pass its own minimum wage hike, something Montgomery and neighboring Prince George's County approved locally last week.

Councilman George Leventhal, who served as president in 2006, was elected vice president this morning.

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