Potomac businesswoman Tammy Darvish said Thursday she will not run for the Democratic nomination for county executive.
Darvish, who previously said in December she was considering entering the race, told Bethesda Beat she has decided not to seek the county’s top leadership post.
“I kind of have a lot of things going on right now,” Darvish said. “I’m still going to continue to be very active, just in other ways.”
Darvish added that she hopes to pursue a political office in the future.
Had Darvish entered the race she would have become the second woman pursuing the post. Currently, Democrat Rose Krasnow is the only woman in the race. The other Democratic candidates include County Council members Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner and George Leventhal; businessman David Blair; and state Del. Bill Frick (D-Bethesda). Boyds attorney Robin Ficker is the only Republican running.
Other candidates could still potentially enter the race—the filing deadline is Feb. 27. However, any candidate who entered at this point would likely need to have significant fundraising capability to compete with the current candidates, some of whom reported having more than $300,000 in cash on hand to help spread their message to voters.
Darvish is well-known in the area as the former public face of the automobile business Darcars. She had a public split with the company in 2014 when her father, John Darvish Sr., appointed his two sons from a different marriage, John Jr. and Jamie, as successors and cut her out of the business. She filed a lawsuit to try to obtain ownership of one-third of the company, but a judge dismissed it in 2016.
She resigned recently from her position as executive vice president at PenFed Credit Union, where she had worked since January 2015.