2016 | Politics

State Court of Appeals Denies Term-Limits Ballot Challenge

Ficker calls the decision an end to a 'frivolous lawsuit'

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Robin Ficker at a press conference in August after delivering petition signatures to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Andrew Metcalf

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued a two-sentence order Friday refusing to consider a Montgomery County resident’s challenge to the petitions collected to put a question concerning the establishment of term limits for some county officials on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Former Rockville City Councilman Tom Moore asked the court to overturn a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge’s refusal to invalidate the petitions, claiming the volunteers who collected the signatures required to add the question to the ballot violated state law by filling in certain information, such as full first names or middle initials, on the petitions.

Boyds lawyer Robin Ficker organized the effort to put the term-limits question on the ballot. His measure would restrict the county executive and members of the County Council to three four-year terms.

Ficker called the court’s decision an end to a “frivolous lawsuit.”

Moore said he would continue to fight the establishment of term limits politically.