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Incumbent Ike Leggett Nets Nomination For Montgomery County Executive

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The 68-year-old Ike Leggett convincingly defeated Doug Duncan and Phil Andrews in Tuesday's primary.
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The 68-year-old Ike Leggett convincingly defeated Doug Duncan and Phil Andrews in Tuesday's primary.

In the Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive, two-term incumbent Ike Leggett is the winner.

To chants of "We Like Ike," the county executive in his usual soft-spoken manner thanked his supporters for a shot at a third term.

"For all the work that you put in. For your confidence in me. For what you know what we will do for the future. I can say to you, the best is yet to come," Leggett said.

The 68-year-old Leggett convincingly defeated Doug Duncan and Phil Andrews, and will face Republican nominee James Shalleck in November as a big favorite. It's been nearly 40 years since a Republican was elected Montgomery County executive. Among the challenges awaiting the winner: completing the long-delayed Silver Spring Transit Center, a concrete eyesore years behind schedule and millions over budget.

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