By Dwight Patel
Okay, 2018 candidates, right now I’ll bet you’re feeling a lot like I did after I signed up to run for office in 1994 and was looking forward to some no-holds barred debates against my opponents. In fact, I had saved up some great one liners for former Del. Henry Heller, Len Teitelbaum and newcomer Andria Mandel. Del. Petzold had moved up to run for State Senate that year. (Remind me sometime to tell you a great Del. Petzold story).
By Liz Matory
When fellow Republican grassroots advocate Brigitta Mullican recently asked me if I knew anyone who wasn’t currently a candidate, who would be willing to give women advice about running for office at an upcoming event, I said I would be willing to do so. At that time, I did not intend to run for anything in 2018. In fact, I had reservations about re-entering potentially hostile territory, but I thought that my experience as a Democrat, independent and Republican candidate could be helpful for the women in our county.
By Mark Uncapher
Maryland Republican Party Chair Dirk Haire called upon Kathleen Matthews, Maryland Democratic Party Chair, to apologize to Maryland taxpayers for insulting them with her chicken-little scare tactics, “because hard-working Marylanders who struggle to pay bills deserve better than partisan political rhetoric.”
According to Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot’s report, over two million Marylanders will receive a Federal tax cut that averages $1,741 annually. Every Maryland Democrat voted against the legislation.
By Mark Uncapher
Earlier this month, Brian Griffith broke the story in Red Maryland of “Democrats and Heroin Houses.” At issue is the favorable action of a Maryland State Senate Committee on legislation to allow so-called “Supervised Drug Consumption” facilities to “provide a place for the consumption of pre-obtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid as needed, and provide certain other services.” 
The proposed law’s protections for “pre-obtained drugs” is worth further explanation. It protects the possession of illegal drugs from prosecution.
By Dwight Patel
It’s October – the leaves are changing colors, and hopefully the weather will get cooler soon. You are 75 days away from Christmas; 82 days away from January 1, 2018, and 391 days from Election Day (Pls note: I’m writing this on October 11, 2017). So, what does this mean? First, you only have 74 shopping days left until Christmas. But more importantly, you have 82 days until January 1, 2018, the first day of another exciting election year.
By Patricia Fenati, LD 14 Chairman
District 14 makes up the entire east side of Montgomery County. It extends from the Frederick County line in the Northeastern part of the county along the Patuxent River which is on the Montgomery County - Howard County line to the Prince George’s County line in the Southeastern part of the county.
By Robyn Sachs
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an editorial written by Robyn Sachs, who is the President and CEO of RMR & Associates, Inc. She was invited to the White House to attend the ‘Cut the Red Tape’ event, which was closed to the press.
President Donald Trump invited me and other businesses leaders to attend a session last week on the dangers of over-regulation and the damages that a clunky, convoluted system brings to small businesses across the country.
By Ann Guthrie Hingston
You are invited to meet Governor Larry Hogan in Rockville on November 2 at a reception at the Woodmont Country Club. Tickets are available online at www.mdgop.org/moco17. He looks forward to chatting with you and listening to your concerns. The evening will help the Montgomery County Republican Party build our grassroots team to re-elect the governor and Republicans in our county.
By Hessie Harris
A number of schools have become indoctrination centers instead of centers of learning “Kindergarten girl afraid she would turn into a boy after transgender lesson, mom says,” Web, Aug. 29). Variously, homosexual and transgender ideology or Islam is being pressed on children without parents being aware it is being done, or else it is revealed to parents well after the fact.
BY DWIGHT PATEL
Let’s do a Brief Review
So, it is now September 2017, you have likely gone through the process of do I run or not, possibly got your donor list together ready to go. You have your domain, Facebook, Twitter Handle secured, IF NOT SHAME ON YOU GO DO IT NOW, (STOP READING AND GET THAT DONE FIRST, THIS ARTICLE ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE). You should be working on getting a speaker for your campaign kick-off or first fundraising event. At the end of this column I will have a check list for you to do between now and the filing deadline.