Greetings, fellow Montgomery County Republicans,
It is bittersweet that today I share with you my final Chairman’s Message. After serving for three years as Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, I have decided it is time to move on to other things. As the newly elected First Vice Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, I look forward to fresh challenges as we work to grow the party statewide, secure reelection for Governor Hogan, and provide him with enough new senators and delegates that we can sustain vetoes over wasteful spending, excessive regulation and government overreach.
Looking back at the past three years, I realize how blessed I am to have made so many wonderful friends, and to have been inspired by so many of our dedicated supporters. Early in my tenure as chairman, then-businessman Larry Hogan approached me and said that if we could get him 38% of the vote in Montgomery County, he would be our next governor. Along with Katja Bullock’s talented county campaign organization, the MCGOP helped to get within mere tenths of a point of that goal, and Governor Hogan won in a landslide.
Faced with financial pressures from the mortgage on the only permanent county headquarters in Maryland, we organized a fundraising drive to retire that mortgage. Our success in doing so means that more of every dollar raised by the MCGOP will be dedicated to party building activities and getting Republicans elected to office. I am also proud of the gains made by our technology team. The MCGOP’s website is second to none, and with fresh content and an extremely impressive open rate, our newsletter is the envy of county party organizations across the entire region. We pioneered the concept of digital advertising in Maryland, and will continue to increase our utilization of modern technology and communications for future advantage.
We are also building and strengthening our grass roots organization. Several of our legislative districts have shown tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the Republican cause; our Woman’s Federations continue to be the backbone of our support, and the many fresh faces from the Young Republicans and Teenage Republicans are proof positive that we have a very bright future ahead. Our events team has worked tirelessly to show the flag at community events, parades and fairs county-wide, as they connect with potential voters and volunteers to spread the message about how the MCGOP is working for them. Over the past 3 years we have hosted fabulous events with “A-list” speakers, including Senators Tom Cotton, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, ACU Chairman Matt Shlapp, and so many more.
And then there was the election of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president. Despite vote totals that resembled California and New York, Montgomery County Republicans showed more excitement for this election than any in memory. With our HQ staffed almost full-time in the months leading up to November 8, we gave out an unprecedented number of yard signs, sold hundreds of tee shirts, gave away thousands of bumper stickers and rally signs, and brought untold numbers of previously disaffected and apathetic Republicans into the fold. Our victory party put the structural integrity of our HQ to the test as we packed in more people than you could imagine (spilling out onto the deck and into the street) to celebrate the momentous occasion. Contrary to the lame-stream media accounts, the diversity of our crowd that night was astonishing.
As I embark on the next chapter of my life, I am pleased to be handing the reins over to Dick Jurgena. He is a good man, dedicated to the citizens of Montgomery County, and I am confident he will provide the organization with exceptional leadership during the months and years to come. I would also like to thank my fellow officers, Katja, Dwight, Mark and Joe for all of their support and hard work; I couldn’t have done it without our team. Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make these three years such a rewarding and memorable experience for me.