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Howard County Democratic Central Committee

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) is the county branch of the Maryland Democratic Party. Twenty Central Committee members are elected from three legislative districts to a four year term in the Gubernatorial Primary election.

HCDCC members must be committed to the Democratic Party and to its core values of economic fairness and equal opportunity. They should have active and recent experience in various political activities, have actively worked for or managed campaigns, or perhaps have run for office themselves. HCDCC members must support all Democratic candidates in the General Election.

The HCDCC exists to facilitate the election of local Democrats. Working at the county level, committee members train volunteers to help get out the vote, engage the Democratic community in party building activities, and encourage Democratic voters to turn out on Election Day.

HCDCC members have the official responsibility to fill vacancies in certain offices due to the death or resignation of elected officials, and to fill vacancies when no Democratic candidate has filed for nomination. We also recommend to the Governor appointment of the members and substitute members of the local Board of Elections and sometimes make recommendations for other state and county boards.

We meet regularly on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 over Zoom. Our meetings are open to the public.

Please explore the site to learn more about the HCDCC. You may also follow us on Facebook for updates and information about volunteer opportunities.

Members of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee

Executive Board

Shahan Rizvi, Chair
Mae Beale, 2nd Chair
Herb Smith, 1st Vice Chair
Regina Clay, 2nd Vice Chair
Jeremy Eldridge, 3rd Vice Chair
Dhaval Shah, Treasurer
Linda Bolen, Recording Secretary
Gabriel M. Moreno, Corresponding Secretary

Central Committee Members

Maureen Evans Arthurs
McNeal Brown
Dr. Scott Berkowitz
Kim Pezza Drake
Sean Ford
Josh Friedman
Safa Hira
Jennifer Jones
Jessica Nichols
Dr. Lillian Norris-Holmes
Jacqueline Scott
Peter Spann