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01 Sep
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HoCo Dems Labor Day Picnic – Sept 3rd, 2018

Join us for the Howard County Democratic Party Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 3, 2018
2:00-4:00pm
Cedar Lane Park, East Pavilion
10705 Route 108
Columbia, MD

Enjoy an afternoon of food, drink, and music. This is a great opportunity to meet other Democrats, candidates, and elected officials.

Please Purchase Tickets Here-> http://hocodems.com/donate

If you have questions, contact Mae A. Beale at (301) 596-2432 or howardcountydems@gmail.com

 

30 Aug
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We’ve Rebranded!

New Logo. New Democratic Party.

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) is the county branch of the Maryland Democratic Party. Twenty Central Committee members are elected to a four year term by Democratic voters in the Gubernatorial Primary election.
The HCDCC exists to facilitate the election of DEMOCRATS. The members are elected to work directly in the trenches on behalf of the Party and to organize an ongoing presence in the county. In that spirit, to increase our presence, it is imperative that branding be a part of that strategy.

 

Our rebrand aims to capture the excitement and energy our party is experiencing in primaries across the country. From Florida to Georgia all the way to Pennsylvania and Maryland, Democrats are well positioned to take back our state houses and local councils like never before, especially in areas once perceived as “deep red states.”

 

To represent the new direction our party is heading, you’ll notice our stately donkey is now facing the right instead of the left. This is by design to convey a sense that our party is indeed moving FORWARD ->

 

By utilizing modern font styles and clean design principles, we hope to convey a image of trust, transparency, hope, upward mobility, and change above all. Our clean design is purposeful in that we are serious about throwing out the trash and cutting out the fluff. Party building for the long game is what we are striving for. This is why the big letter D stands out in our logo, to showcase our commitment to growing and expanding the Democratic party.

 

Lastly, and most importantly, our rebrand aims to educate our community on what exactly a Central Committee does. From listening parties to knocking on doors, we’ve learned that a majority of Howard County residents do not understand the role their local Central Committees play. Our rebranding efforts hope to close that gap by inviting the community to check out our new look and ask questions about the Party. Engaging our residents and serving as local resources is the best way to get Democrats elected in November.

 

We’re starting with a new logo, but our end game is building a new, unified and energetic Democratic Party for generations to come.

07 Aug
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Central Committee Vacancy – Accepting Applications for 1 Female Position

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) is now accepting applications to replace an elected female member seat on the Central Committee.  Applicants must be female, 18-years old or older, be a registered Democrat, and reside in Howard County, Maryland.  (According to the Central Committee’s By-Laws, the Committee must be equally divided between men and women.  We currently have one female seat that is vacant.) 

Interested candidates must complete their application online by clicking HERE.  Please also make sure you read the HCDCC’s bylaws before applying.  We also ask that all applicants be sure to upload their resume where indicated on the application form.  Resumes should include any civic engagement or volunteer experience that would be relevant to Democratic campaigns or politics.

The online application and emailed resumes must be submitted no later than 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018.  We will subsequently follow-up with further details for brief interviews to be held in late August/early September.

If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Evans Arthurs or Tim Lattimer at howardcountydems@gmail.com.

19 Jul
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Volunteers Needed – Howard County Fairgrounds

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

It’s Fair time! Sat. August 4th to Sat. August 11th

This year we are turning out in force at the Howard County Fairgrounds to build momentum in the west, as we turn it from red to blue.  The 73rd annual Howard County Fair is a terrific opportunity to share all of our Democratic values across the county and to the thousands of voters who visit the fair each day. We need everyone’s support in a show of numbers and unity to staff the Democratic booth and to join in the closing parade.

Thanks to our partners for providing volunteer coverage on the following days:

  • Monday 8/6: Women’s Democratic Alliance
  • Tuesday 8/7: Ellicott City & Western Howard County Democratic Club
  • Wednesday 8/8: Columbia Democratic Club
  • Thursday 8/9: Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club
  • Friday 8/10: Young Democrats of Howard County

We need YOUR help to share our message, meet and greet voters, register voters, and sign-up future volunteers for the fair weekends (Aug. 4th/5th and Aug 11th). We are also looking for an eye catching truck, bus, or vehicle to decorate for our Democratic float, along with an energized team to walk in the parade on Sat. the 11th.

Sign up HERE to help.

Let’s do this! See you at the fair…

18 Jul
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Volunteer for the HoCo Fair!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

It’s Fair time! Sat. August 4th to Sat. August 11th

This year we are turning out in force at the Howard County Fairgrounds to build momentum in the west, as we turn it from red to blue.  The 73rd annual Howard County Fair is a terrific opportunity to share all of our Democratic values across the county and to the thousands of voters who visit the fair each day. We need everyone’s support in a show of numbers and unity to staff the Democratic booth and to join in the closing parade.

Thanks to our partners for providing volunteer coverage on the following days:

  • Monday 8/6: Women’s Democratic Alliance
  • Tuesday 8/7: Ellicott City & Western Howard County Democratic Club
  • Wednesday 8/8: Columbia Democratic Club
  • Thursday 8/9: Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club
  • Friday 8/10: Young Democrats of Howard County

We need YOUR help to share our message, meet and greet voters, register voters, and sign-up future volunteers for the fair weekends (Aug. 4th/5th and Aug 11th). We are also looking for an eye catching truck, bus, or vehicle to decorate for our Democratic float, along with an energized team to walk in the parade on Sat. the 11th.

Sign up HERE to help.

Let’s do this! See you at the fair…

14 Jul
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HoCo Democratic Unity Breakfast

On July 14, 2018, Howard County Democrats came together for their Democratic Unity Breakfast. These events historically bring all Democratic primary candidates that both won and loss during the campaign season together in an effort to move the party forward. Speeches were given by several elected officials and candidates including:

  • U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
  • U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes
  • U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings
  • MD Attorney General Brian Frosh
  • Chair of the MD Democratic Party, Kathleen Matthews
  • Candidate for Lt. Governor of MD, Susan Turnbull
  • State Senator for District 13, Guy Guzzone
  • Candidate for HoCo Executive, Councilman Dr. Calvin Ball

This event is also significant as this is the time the Central Committee (CC) facilitates the transfer of power between the old CC and the incoming CC. Former HCDCC Chair, Abby Hendrix, called for a final meeting of the old CC and then called for the new central committee to elect its new chair, which Maureen Evans Arthurs soon assumed.

Democrats left the event energized and ready to battle for November. As Brian Frosh noted during his remarks, “it’s time to make our Governor Jealous!” Indeed it is Brian. Indeed it is. Let’s also remember we need #Ball4All and have to turn Democrats out to make Calvin Ball our next County Executive!

The blue wave is coming. Watch out. #forward

05 Mar
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Desserts with Democrats

Join the Howard County Democratic Central Committee for an afternoon of Desserts and Mimosas as we hear from women leaders in Maryland

Desserts with Democrats

“Women Leading Maryland”

With Kathleen Matthews, Interim Chair MDP

Howard County Councilmember Jen Terrasa

& Other Invited Special Guests

 Click here to view the invitation

Saturday, March 25, 2017

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

The Home of Patti and Dan Medinger

8324 Governor Grayson Way

Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

Tickets: $50 per person

 

Please join our Host Committee now forming:

$1000 and up

Congressman Elijah Cummings and Councilmember Mary Kay Sigaty

$500

$250

George and Christine Bachrach, Ellicott City Western Howard Democratic Club,

Abby Hendrix, Opel Jones, I, Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, 3rd Vice Chair, MDP,

The HoCo Resistance, and Courtney Watson

$100

Jonathan Branch, Sue Geckle, Richard Gibson, Dylan Goldberg, Jan Oliver,

Wanda Muir Oliver, and Peter Perini, Sr., Chairman, Washington DCC

 

Click HERE or visit www.hocodems.com to contribute

Or mail a check to HCDCC at

7050 Oakland Mills Road, Suite 120, Columbia, MD 21046

All funds raised in connection with this event are on behalf of HCDCC and not on behalf of Elijah Cummings – By Authority of HCDCC, Bill Adams, Treasurer

03 Feb
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CB-9 Supporters Call to Action!

It is not too late to make your voice heard!

The Howard County Council may vote on CB-9 as early as Monday, February 6.  As of today, there are not enough committed votes to pass this important anti-discrimination legislation.  Council members Jon Weinstein and Mary Kay Sigaty are still undecided while Councilmember Greg Fox opposes it.  County Executive Allan Kittleman is also on record as opposing the bill and has suggested that he will veto it if it is to pass.  If this anti-discrimination legislation is important to you, contact Council Chairman Jon Weinstein, Councilmember Mary Kay Sigaty, and County Executive Allan Kittleman TODAY!

If you need talking points, CASA put out a Press Release yesterday that urges the County Council to pass CB-9 and “stand up to the values of inclusion and opportunity” in Howard County.  The Press Release provides many facts and reasons to support this legislation. Please take the time to read it, and perhaps gather talking points for when you call and/or send an email to voice your support.

Contact Information:
Council Chair Jon Weinstein’s office:
410 313-3110 or jweinstein@howardcountymd.gov

Councilmember Mary Kay Sigaty’s office:
410 313-2001 or mksigaty@howardcountymd.gov

County Executive Allan Kittleman’s office:
410 313-2013 or akittleman@howardcountymd.gov

09 Nov
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Thank You!

Thank You!

Today I’m am proud to be a Marylander! Maryland came through this cycle early and strong. We elected Chris Van Hollen to the Senate and look forward to working with him as our new Senator.  We are so proud to have such a hard working advocate of Maryland and Democrats around the Nation. He might have a battle ahead, but we have no doubt that he will be awesome.

We also re-elected Congressman Elijah Cummings, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger by huge margins. The three of them have been the ideal representatives and we are so proud to have the three of them back in Congress.

I’m extremely proud of our Howard County Democrats. We came out in record numbers and can point to the following:

  • Howard County Democratic vote for President increased by 3% from 2012 to 2016. The second highest increase in the state of Maryland.
  • Howard County Republican votes for the Republican Nominee decreased by 7.8%, the highest decrease in the state of Maryland.
  • Howard County had the largest margin of votes for Hillary in the state with a 2 to 1 margin.
  • Howard County percentage of Hillary votes were at 62.7%, well above the Maryland 59.5% totals.
  • Howard County voters supported Question A, the referendum to keep big money out of local politics, with a 52% to 47% vote.

What impressed me most, were the hundreds of amazing volunteers that worked endless hours. We had canvassers in Maryland and Pennsylvania any given weekend. We had phone banks out of our office 5 days a week for the last few weeks. We had dozens of volunteers bring signs to our polling sites and even more working at the polls with our Sample Ballot. We have proven in Howard County that Love Trumps Hate!

With so much enthusiasm this election, we hope that you will continue to stay involved. We have another very important round of elections in 2018. In two years, we must elect a Democratic Governor that works for all the people of Maryland. We must elect a Democratic County Executive that works collaboratively with our Council Members to draft laws that work for the people of Howard County and not for Developers. We must retain our Democratic seats on the County Council, State Senate, and State Representatives and work to win a few back from the Republicans. This starts TODAY! We need you to stay engaged, volunteer to build our coalition, and make our Democratic Party the best it can be for ALL the people.

Anne Frank said, “How Wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the World.” That moment is now!

With sincere appreciation,


Abby Hendrix, Chair

31 Oct
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Election Night Watch Party at Kahler Hall

The Howard County Democratic Party invites you to join us for our Election Night Watch Party on November 8 at 7:30 pm at Kahler Hall. A great opportunity to join fellow Democrats as we watch the returns during this historic election. We will be providing food, beverages, and lots of fun. Bring a friends and share the excitement!

To see the full invitation click here.

Although you do not need to RSVP, it does help us determine how much food to bring. Please RSVP here.

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