03 Jul

Meet Our Newest HCDCC Member!

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee is proud to announce that Jessica Nichols has been selected to fill our female vacancy. Jessica will serve the term until June 2022.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Jessica as the newest member of the HCDCC!

05 Jun

HCDCC 2020 Female Vacancy – Apply By June 14, 2020

The HCDCC now has a vacancy and is searching for an engaged and committed democratic woman to help advance and build our party!

Interested or know someone who is?

Applications are due Sunday, June 14, 2020 by 11:59pm.

Follow the link below to apply!

04 Jun

New Kids on the Block – Meet Your 2020-2022 HCDCC Exec Board

The HCDCC aims to be a powerful force for change by collaborating with our community to engage and empower Democrats and those who align with our values. Collectively, our committee has done amazing work over the last two years, both publicly and privately. Not only did we sweep the ballot in the 2018 midterms by helping secure victories in 19 of 22 races, we helped increase voter turnout in Howard County by 47%. Aside from the critical outward facing work, we also worked hard internally to revise and expand our bylaws in addition to creating and instituting a two-year strategic plan that highlights our past successes while mapping out a path forward for our future. We have 2020 vision and our sights are set on continuing our work in the community, reclaiming the White House and beyond. 

We have the utmost gratitude for each of our outgoing Executive Board members for their service, leadership, and our personal favorite, attending extra meetings over the last two years, which helped shape and guide our committee forward. 

Outgoing 2018-2020 Executive Board

Maureen Evans Arthurs, Chair 
Tim Lattimer, 2nd Chair
Jennifer Jones, 1st Vice Chair
Shahan Rizvi, 2nd Vice Chair 
Dr. Scott Berkowitz, 3rd Vice Chair 
Dhaval Shah, Treasurer
Safa Hira, Recording Secretary 
Alicia Altamirano, Corresponding Secretary

From the beginning, our committee has been committed to evolving, making way for fresh ideas, different perspectives and ultimately, creating space for others to lead. In staying true to those principles, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome a brand new Executive Board who have stepped up to take on new opportunities to serve our community and continue the great work of our committee. 

Incoming 2020-2022 Executive Board

Shahan Rizvi, Chair
Herb Smith, 1st Vice Chair 
Regina Clay, 2nd Vice Chair
Jeremy Eldridge, 3rd Vice Chair 
Dhaval Shah, Treasurer
Linda Bolen, Recording Secretary 
Alicia Altamirano, Corresponding Secretary 

We’ve always believed that representation is paramount. In 2018, Howard County ushered in many firsts, including but not limited to, the election of our first African American County Executive, State’s Attorney, and Sheriff, in addition to electing our first South Asian to the Board of Education. And within the Central Committee, we also had firsts including Maureen Evans Arthurs as our first and youngest African American woman as Chair. True to form, we are now thrilled to elevate Shahan Rizvi as the first Muslim and South Asian as Chair of the Democratic Central Committee; in addition to the continuation of a diverse board with room to grow.  

We have faith and confidence in our new leadership and a renewed sense of shared purpose as we forge ahead, stronger together. It has been humbling to serve our community and we are committed to the success of our incoming board and look forward to giving them our full support for the rest of this committee’s term. We are grateful to our fellow HCDCC members for entrusting us with leadership roles two years ago. We are honored to continue our work together to build a stronger, more dynamic, and effective Democratic party in Howard County.

Maureen Evans Arthurs, Chair
Tim Lattimer, 2nd Chair 

21 Oct

Elijah Cummings #RestInPower

Courageous. Passionate. Inspiring. Gracious.

There aren’t enough words to describe Congressman Elijah Cummings and what he meant to our community. Like many across the nation, we were heartbroken when we learned of his passing.

Elijah just wasn’t a congressman, he was our congressman. He represented the 7th district for 23 years and before that, he spent more than a decade in the Maryland House of Delegates. He dedicated his life to public service and as a champion for his constituents in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County; he fought for the inherent dignity of all people.

Congressman Cummings was not only a friend, but also the backbone of our party. He inspired us to believe in a cause greater than ourselves and to fight for our values. We are forever grateful for his steadfast and irreplaceable leadership. He left a lasting imprint on our hearts and minds and his legacy will reverberate throughout Maryland and our nation for generations to come.

May we honor his memory by living with purpose, emulating his passion, and fighting to secure social justice for all.

Our deepest condolences to his wife, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and his daughters. Our hearts go out to the rest of his family, friends and staff.

22 Aug

HoCo Dems Labor Day Picnic

Celebrate Labor Day at the Howard County Democratic Party’s annual Labor Day Picnic. Join with fellow Democrats and meet many of the elected officials who will be on hand for the festivities.

Buy your tickets today as an individual or family using our “Labor Day 19” link to ActBlue below:


Better yet, help us host the picnic by sponsoring at one of three levels: Red, White, or Blue!

05 Jun

HCDCC – Application for Female Vacancy (Closes June 6th)

Houston, we have a vacancy.

Are you a committed and engaged democratic woman looking to move our party forward by serving on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee?

You might just be the woman for the job! Applications will close June 6th @ 11:59pm. Apply here, apply now:

28 Apr

2019 HoCo Dems Unity Dinner Recap

Great turnout of #HoCo Democrats for our annual Unity Dinner! We were delighted to welcome a glittering array of stars from the #MD and Howard County Democratic Party, as well as so many friends, supporters, and volunteers who were instrumental to our successes in 2018.

A special thanks to Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party for joining us and for her inspiring keynote speech!

Thanks also to Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Howard County Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby, Howard County Council Vice Chair Opel Jones, County Council Member Liz Walsh, and County Council Member Deb Jung for joining us and, as always, for your support.

We also appreciated the attendance of so many other state and local Democratic elected officials and especially want to thank Senator Guy Guzzone for his touching words in remembrance of the late Mike Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Standing strong together, HoCo Dems are fired up and ready to push #ForwardTo2020AndBeyond!

Check out photos from the event here 

26 Mar

2019 HoCo Dems Unity Dinner! Friday, April 26, 2019


SAVE THE DATE! Friday, April 26, 2019

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee Unity Dinner and Silent Auction.

“Foward to 2020 and Beyond.”

Friday, April 26, 2019
Cocktail Hour: 6:00 PM
Dinner and Awards: 7:00 PM

The Ten Oaks Ballroom
5000 Signal Bell Lane
Clarksville, Maryland 21029


Online ticket purchases can be made following the link below:



Paid for and authorized by HCDCC, Dhaval Shah, Treasurer.

04 Nov

Vote 2018: Move Howard County Forward

Thank you to so many of you who have been volunteering and getting the word out about this crucial election. Here’s a handy list of our outstanding candidates. Please share far and wide with your networks. Vote for our future. Vote Blue.

22 Oct

HoCo Dems Election Night Watch Party – Nov 6th, 2018


After we all vote and help others get out to vote on November 6, please join us at Kahler Hall to celebrate Democrats and democracy. Enjoy the free food and fun as the votes are tallied. See you there!