By Kathleen Stubbs
POTOMAC — What began as a gathering of more than 30 people at the Lahinch Tavern and Grill as a watch party for Robin Ficker, the Republican candidate for County Executive, soon dropped down to about 10 people as they observed the results of Republican campaign runs, and it seemed clear that a number of elections would not have Republican victors, including his.
By the time Ficker learned that he had lost, he said he already had plans in the works.
He said County residents may have a tax increase in their future.
“I would say that we’re doomed to be getting a tax increase very soon because that’s been his history, and I don’t see that County revenues are going to be increasing under his watch, and I see that County expenditures are going to be increasing under his watch,” Ficker said.
Nancy Floreen and Ficker may not have stood a chance in the election against Elrich, Ficker said, because they did not have the word Democrat next to either of their names.
However, Ficker added that Elrich is a very nice person.
Ficker’s next move is to gather signatures for a new referendum about property tax increases which he wants on the ballot.
“I’ve already written the question, I’ve already passed it through my lawyers, too,” Ficker said.
Ficker’s lawyers who have expertise in constitutional law have reviewed his draft of the question.
Ficker said he regrets not choosing to collect signatures for a referendum for limits on tax increases, saying he should have emphasized tax problems more during the election.
One thing that stopped him from collecting signatures for a referendum was that he was trying to get campaign finance from the County.