Central Committee Elects Officers & Four New Central Committee Members
At the November 29th meeting of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, four new members were elected to the Committee. Deborah Lambert and Michael Higgs were elated to represent legislative district (LD) 17; Sastry Dhara and Scott Graham stepped up for LD 15. At the same meeting, the current officers were reelected to an additional one year terms.
Legislative District 15 Central Committee Spotlight
Sastry is a senior information technology executive, Dynamics Research Corporation, Inc (http://www.drc.com), located in Arlington, VA. where he provides solutions in Federal Enterprise Architecture, Health IT Architecture and solution architecture. Prior to joining DRC and for more than a decade, Mr. Dhara was a successful entrepreneur/business owner of a successful IT consulting service to Federal and State Government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.
He has been President of Republican Indian Committee’s Maryland Chapter (http://www.ricpac.org/) , through which he was involved with fund-raising efforts for Gov. Bob Ehrlich in 2010 and for Michael Steele in 2006. More recently he was appointed Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party’s Asian Coalition. (see http://mdgop.org/mdgop-launches-asian-american-coalition/ ).
Scott Graham and his family own a 25 acre farm at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain where they raise horses and raise livestock. He has been in Maryland public service in fire rescue, and emergency medical services for over 29 years, currently he is Assistant Fire and Rescue Chief with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. As Assistant Chief, Scott maintains a high public profile as the County Fire Department’s spokesperson
In 2010 he was the Republican nominee for Delegate in Legislative District 15 in in 2010. Scott was also Ehrlich-Kane County Co-Director in 2010 and Northern County Chair in 2002. His other affiliations include International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Firefighters Local 1664, chair of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Officers Association.
Legislative District 17 Central Committee Spotlight
Michael L. Higgs, Jr.
Michael L. Higgs, Jr. was elected for LD 17. He has been a resident of Montgomery County since 1987. While attending Wootton High School he volunteered for Connie Morella’s reelection campaign, and then had the pleasure of working for her district office in Wheaton while studying Government & Politics at University of Maryland. During his time as a Terp, Mike also held leadership positions with the College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key National Honor Societies. Mike went on to George Washington University School of Law where his studies focused on administrative law and contract negotiation.
More recently he was an active volunteer for Steve Hudson’s congressional campaign and has attended numerous meetings and rallies organized by various Tea Parties and Help Save Maryland. During the 2010 election he served as an election monitor on behalf of Gov. Ehrlich’s campaign. Mike has recently been named Chair of District 17.
With his wife, also an attorney, Mike operates a wireless telecommunications and business law practice-Higgs Law Group, LLC-in Rockville. He is the father of two, a girl 3½, and boy 14 months. His hobbies outside of politics include hunting, golf, sports and anything hi tech. Mike looks forward to taking a more active role in shaping the politics of our community, state and nation.
Deborah Lambert was also elected on November 29 to represent District 17. Debbie got her start promoting and advocating conservative principles across the river in Virginia in the late 1970s. She was a member of the Fairfax County Republican Central Committee for eight years in the 1980s from which she was also a convention delegate. She was Press Secretary to Del. Gwen Cody (R-Annandale) and co-founder of the Virginia Republican Forum. She has served tirelessly in all presidential campaigns and several local campaigns where she has written press releases and position papers and created bumper stickers. Moving to Maryland, Debbie is currently a volunteer with one of the campaigns for the United States Senate where she handles literature handouts, etc., and she was on the Planning Committee for the first Tax Day Tea Party under the auspices of the Americans for Prosperity (Montgomery County Chapter). She also serves with New Renaissance in Education.
Debbie has been with the conservative watchdog Accuracy In Media (AIM) for over 25 years and she is currently on its Board of Directors. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University (in English) and is a member of the National Rifle Association and the Republican Women’s Federal Forum. Ms. Lambert rounds out her time being a columnist and conference speaker as well as being an editor and/or author of numerous articles for local publications.
By Co-editor John Midlen