Happy New Year!
I look forward to working with you all as we face the challenges and opportunities of a new year. The Republican Party in Montgomery County is 130,000 strong and together we can accomplish great things. While the challenges that lie ahead are daunting, they are by no means insurmountable. We are in the midst of revamping our organizational efforts and re-connecting with other groups that have similar goals. So, with your help, we will be ready to seize these opportunities and face these challenges as they come.
On January 16, 2019, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan will preside over the inaugural events that mark the beginning of his second four-year term as governor of Maryland. He was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term on November 6, 2018, receiving the most votes of any Maryland gubernatorial candidate, and becoming only the second Republican governor to be re-elected in the 242-year history of the state.
By Dwight Patel
Since we are in the off-season now, many of you may be wondering what the Good Doctor is going to be talking about, since we have no state-wide elections in 2019. Don’t let your heart be troubled. Just like the Redskins, we have a lot of work to do in the off-season (Note: we are in better shape than the Redskins). If you are thinking about running again in 2020 or 2022, you need to keep your name ID out there. But how do I do that, you ask? Well I’m glad you asked, because I’d like to answer the question of how to stay relevant in the off-season.
Happy New Year !
On Monday, January 7th a full MCGOP newsletter will be sent out, but I wanted to wish all a Happy New Year today. Also, I wanted to share three important items regarding serving on County Commissions and Committees, a quick update on the 2019 MCGOP Convention, and a reminder about the deadline to be considered by MCGOP for the County Board of Elections.
Alexander A. Bush, Esq., MCGOP Chairman
"We know what works: Freedom works. We know what's right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections, and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state." — President George H.W. Bush, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1989.
In one sentence, that is what the Republican Party can and should stand for. And the loss of a man who fought for those principles is a great one.
By Yin Zheng
The midterm elections are over, and the campaign signs and slogans are gone. However, the memories and lessons learned will stay with me for the rest of my life in the fond utopias of my mind.
By Dwight Patel, MCGOP Central Committee Member - LD 20
Okay, Election Day has come and gone. For many of you who ran, the results weren’t what you had hoped for. However, to quote Sean Hannity, “…Don’t let your heart be troubled…” over your loss. You are in very good company. Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Governor Spiro Agnew, Governor Hogan and countless numbers of other Republicans lost their first, second, third or even fourth campaigns for office.
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]
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.
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.”