News Corner

Embezzlement Scandal Raises Questions about Montgomery County Financial Management

By Mark Uncapher

In the days right after the November election, prosecutors made the shocking revelation that a senior Montgomery County official had embezzled over $6.7 million during a six-year period.  The thefts were made by Byung Il “Peter” Bang, the second-in-command at Montgomery County’s Economic Development Department. He had been diverting economic development funds to a sham company that he had created.[i]


Observations at the Polls during Midterm Election Day

By Dennis Melby, At-large MCGOP Central Committee Member

Early November was cold and wet and on Election Day the rain came down in buckets during the morning rush. In regular years, the turnout in a mid-term election is fairly light, but not this year. The numbers for all parties were up, and the voters turned out in droves.


New MCGOP Officers Elected

Alexander Bush

Newly Elected Chairman

of Montgomery County GOP

 

During the November 13th meeting of the Montgomery County GOP Central Committee, Alexander Bush became the newly elected chairman of the MCGOP Central Committee for 2019, replacing Mark Uncapher, whose current term ran through the November 2018 elections. Chairman Bush, who was elected by acclamation, noted that he welcomed the prospect of working with the current and newly elected committee members. “I believe that I am someone with whom everyone feels they can have a productive conversation,” he said, adding that “it is vital that we improve communication among Republican organizations in the County. We will focus our time and energy on the real – external – goals.” Although Alexander has only lived in Montgomery County for two years, he noted that “this is long enough to learn what needs to be done.”  


Post Election Thank You from MCGOP Chairman Uncapher

November 7, 2018

To all our candidates for office and to our terrific volunteers -- THANK YOU!  We are part of making history, the re-election of a Republican Governor -- Larry Hogan -- to a second term.  Something that has not happened since 1954.

Many individuals and organizations worked along side our outstanding national, state and local candidates for office in 2018.  First, thank you to all the candidates who ran.  This is not easy here in MoCo.  And thank you all our local Republican organizations, to your leaders and volunteers!


When A Single Vote Matters

By Mark Uncapher

Here’s a flashback:

On November 4, 2014, based on averages of polling results from multiple sources, Anthony Brown was leading Larry Hogan by just under 10%, with the polling trends moving against Hogan.  Consequently, political punditry website FiveThirtyEight gave Brown a 94% chance of being elected Maryland Governor.[i]


Dear Fellow Republican

Dear Fellow Republican

I am Dwight Patel, candidate for State Senate in District 20, which covers the Silver Spring, Takoma Park and White Oak areas of Montgomery County.  I am sure that like myself, you are tired of the lack of action by our current state Senator Will Smith, who has done nothing but oppose Governor Hogan’s agenda.


Al Phillips, A Sound-Minded Conservative Candidate for State Senate, District 39

By Deborah Lambert

For Al Phillips, this election year has provided an opportunity to inject some conservative viewpoints into his campaign for the Maryland State Senate. As a strong believer in liberty, prosperity and adherence to the U.S. Constitution, Phillips decided to run for office in order to promote traditional values, stress the importance of maintaining border security, reject the concept of sanctuary cities and acknowledge the importance of law enforcement.  A Maryland native, he and his wife Debra live in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


Dr. Politics – Game Day

By Dwight Patel, Candidate for State Senate, District 20

Okay, you have been at it since last spring, or even longer for some of you. Tomorrow is your final exam, you worked hard, and most of you guys did all the right things.  I was very impressed with the quality of our candidates, yard sign designs, palm cards and over-all campaign collateral.  


Not the Typical Woman

By Pat Fenati

It was not typical for a woman to major in math in the 1960’s, nor was it typical for a woman to serve a president of the student body at a co-ed college, But, there I was, the first female Student Government President at Jacksonville University graduating with a BS in Mathematics … And there I was again in New York City, working in the burgeoning computer industry, usually one of only a handful of women in a room. But I loved what I was doing which, throughout my career, included programming, consulting, sales, teaching, and network simulation for large businesses, military, and government agencies


Help Wanted: 19 Maryland Republican Senators Needed

By Mark Uncapher, MCGOP Chairman

Of the 47 current Maryland state senators, today only 14 of them are Republicans. Emboldened by these numbers, Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly can routinely pass legislation that they expect Governor Hogan will veto, confident that these vetoes can be overturned. During the governor’s first legislative session in 2015, some 197 bills were vetoed. 

 


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