By Ann Hingston Legislative District 16 Chair
With outcome of the District 16 primary settled, Republican Bill Day kicked off his General Election campaign for Delegate at a Bethesda back-yard get-together attended by more than 70 friends and supporters on July 13th. Day introduced himself as a self-employed Montgomery County attorney specializing in business law, a US Naval Academy graduate, and a children’s soccer coach.
By Dwight Patel MCGOP First Vice Chair*
The use of social media in politics including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has dramatically changed the way campaigns are run and how Americans interact with their elected officials.
The prevalence of social media in politics has made elected officials and candidates for public office more accountable and accessible to voters. Plus, the ability to publish content and broadcast it to millions of people instantaneously allows campaigns to carefully manage their candidates’ images based on rich sets of analytics in real time and at almost no cost.
By Pat Fenati Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 14
What does At-Large representation mean for the voters of this county? In District 14 where I live, the current state delegates, who are also the Democrat candidates for 2018, all live in the more southern precincts of the district. These delegates do not think it is important to spend much time in the up-county area. Since the votes in the more densely populated southern precinct are taken for granted, the constituents in the more rural up-county precincts are largely ignored.
In reading about the background and qualifications of Jae Hwang, this year’s GOP candidate for Montgomery County Sheriff, the write-ups about his career and experience practically jump off the page.
For example, in a section titled “Restore Safety and Security,” he pledges the following:
- Leadership from the Front Lines, Not from Behind a Desk
- Respect and Accountability Directly to You, Not to Special Interests
- Zero Tolerance for School Crime and Domestic Violence
- Restore the Sanctity of our Constitution and Shared American Values
By Sharon Cohen
The following oral statement was presented by Sharon Cohen at the July 10th meeting of the Montgomery County Council during which the issues of eliminating At-Large County Council seats and redrawing the districts to represent smaller, like-minded communities were discussed, along with two proposed Charter Amendments that would (1) eliminate the role of party central committees in the re-districting process and give Council members the exclusive right to pick their surrogates and, (2) change the nature of a unanimous County Council vote to raise property taxes in excess of the growth in CPI.
By Mark Uncapher
By the narrowest of margins, Democrat primary voters in June selected long-term County Council member Marc Elrich as their party’s County Executive nominee over his nearest rival, David Blair. The victory is hardly a mandate. Elrich’s 37,000 votes represents barely 5% of Montgomery County’s 730,000 total registered voters.
By Deborah Lambert
Liz Matory, the GOP candidate for Maryland’s 2ndcongressional district, not only scored an historic upset in Maryland’s June 26thprimary, but also appeared on the first episode of Eric Bolling’s new TV show that debuted on CRTV on July 12th.
By Dwight Patel
It is July – You’ve gotten past the primary elections, you’re knocking on doors, you’re telling yourself you are doing great . . . However, you may have neglected fundraising. It is very important that you focus on fundraising now, and I recommend that you utilize all of the methods that I mention below.
Statement by Sharon L. Cohen to the
Montgomery County Council Regarding the Charter Review Commission’s 2018
Recommendation and the Minority Report Recommendation
July 10, 2018
Good afternoon. I am Sharon Cohen, a life long resident of Montgomery County Maryland. I serve on the Executive Board of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, but I speak solely on my own behalf today and in strong support of the Minority’s Report recommendation that, “now is the time to consider changing the make up the County Council by having more smaller and more responsive council districts.” Yes, now is the time to eliminate all At-Large County Council seats and then redraw the nine Councilmatic seats to represent contiguous, smaller, similar and like-minded communities.
By Mark Uncapher, MCGOP Chairman
Maryland’s Democratic nominee for Governor Ben Jealous’ signature issue has been imposing a single-payer health plan on the state. Unfortunately, the media and his fellow Democrats largely avoided addressing the staggering price tag of “Jealous Care” during the primary. However, the more they hear about Ben Jealous' extreme and risky proposal, the less likely his candidacy will play well with everyday Marylanders.