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Posted 12 March 2018
The Calvert County Democratic Club was excited to host Kevin Kamenetz at the February Club meeting and hear what he had to say about his successful track record as the County Executive of Baltimore County and his plans for moving all of Maryland forward as its next Governor. Kevin spoke about education, growing the economy, the health of the Bay, stopping gun violence and several other important issues, and fielded a ton of questions from Club members. To find out more about Kevin and his campaign, visit his website here.
Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting is Tuesday, March 27th at Adam's Taphouse. Join us at 6:30 to grab some food or a drink before the meeting officially kicks off at 7. We'll be sharing more details about the meeting's agenda next week.
Phone Banking Volunteers Needed
We've made over 2000 calls so far in 2018, but we need YOUR help to reach our next milestone. We're looking for several more volunteers to help out in our weekly sessions, which are being held Sundays from 12-2 and Wednesday evenings from 6-8 at the Central Committee's headquarters in Prince Frederick. Even if you can only come once a month or for an hour, you'd be a huge help. All you need to do is show up and we'll take care of the rest - no experience required.
Please sign up at the link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Calvert County Democratic Scholarships
The Democratic Party in Calvert County is pleased to announce four scholarships of $1000 each to seniors who will be continuing their formal education. The party anticipates awarding one scholarship to a graduating senior in each of the County’s high schools. To apply, visit: www.clsap.org.
To be considered, an applicant must submit an essay entitled “What the Democratic Party Means to Me.” The essay must be no longer than one page, double-spaced. The applicant’s essay will be the most important decision criterion that the selection committee will consider.
Other criteria for selection include the applicant’s commitment to the community, academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial need, and strength of endorsements.
All parts of the Democratic Party in the County are participating in funding and judging these scholarships. The Calvert County Women’s Democratic Club is taking the lead assisted by the Central Committee, the Democratic Club, and the Riverside Club.
It is our hope all applicants will develop a deeper understanding of the political process on a national, state, and local level, and will appreciate how important participation by everyone is to the success of our democracy.
Applications must be submitted by March 30th, so be sure to fill one out today.
Scholarship Committee Calvert County Women’s Democratic Club:
Stovy Brown, Chair
Please be sure to share with every high school senior that you know!
Posted 25 February 2018
We’re halfway into the 2018 General Assembly Session, so if there's a bill you want to see passed it's time to get the word out! The House and Senate are debating many important issues like Maryland's commitment renewable energy, allowing school employees to carry guns in school, the minimum wage. We’re working to keep you informed on the decisions that will affect your life. Check out a summary of some of the legislation presented so far to stay current on the issues you care about most. And be sure you know who your representatives are and how to get in touch with them.
Since 2012, $1.7 billion has gone into the Education Trust Fund from casino revenues, but it hasn’t increased funding for schools and students as intended. Instead, the same amount of money that was already going to education was redirected to other areas of the budget. That means all of the additional gambling revenues have resulted in no change to the education budget.
We want the General Assembly to pass the Fix the Fund Act to make sure that money goes where it was intended – to increase school funding. This would result in an additional $500 million in school funding annually, a significant step toward closing the $3 billion gap.
Join the March to Fix the Fund on March 19th. A boxed dinner will be provided, as well as busses departing from Huntingtown High School at 4:45pm, sharp. Sign up here by March 12th to ride the Calvert bus and pick your food option.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Please join us for the 20th Annual Goldstein Dinner. This year’s event will be held on March 22nd 2018 at the Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. There will be a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6:30pm, followed by dinner served at 7pm.
The event is always attended by many prominent local, state, and federal representatives. This year’s honored guest will be Senator Ben Cardin. You will not want to miss this long-standing community gala.
Whether you wish to become a sponsor or to simply purchase a ticket, you can use the form attached here. Come help us kick off this election season with style. We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted 01 February 2018
The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee has had a small group working on issues development for the last year. The goal of the Task Force is to provide Democratic candidates background knowledge on a range of issues which may be of importance to their constituents, but may not be in their specific background. They determinedly avoid taking a stance on any of these issues so that the candidates have the room to develop their own positions and speak to how they feel about the issue.
Throughout the first half of the year the Issues Task Force focused on the issue of addiction with an emphasis on the opioid epidemic. By identifying the stakeholders on the issue in Calvert County, interviewing them, building background through research, and coalescing those pieces together, the team was able to put together a document which summarizes the problems, the attempts at solutions in the past, and the hypotheses for solutions in the future. From here, candidates can read the information and come to their own conclusions about the extent of the issue and the solutions they will propose
In September, the issues team made the final interim report on addiction. Members of the Women’s Club very kindly agreed to take over the maintenance of the addiction issue to keep the report and files current for the candidates moving forward. This was accomplished through those Club representatives joining the task force along with two representatives from the Riverside Club. That addition helps provide freedom to the team to pursue additional issues, while also bringing new thoughts and perspectives to the team going forward. The Democratic Central Committee is very appreciative of both clubs joining this important effort.
In October, the team had grown to the point that it was feasible to handle two issues concurrently. They began by tackling affordable housing and then added education. While both of these issues are very broad in their own right, both could play very large roles in the 2018 elections in Calvert County. The Central Committee is working hard to ensure that Calvert Democratic candidates are well-prepared for any questions voters may pose.