Fellow Democrats, for those who do not know me, my name is Matt Bennett. I’m a 19 year old running for Calvert County Commissioner At-Large. I’ve lived in Dunkirk my whole life, getting my start in county politics after being elected President of Young Democrats at Northern High School. Through Greg Brown, my Young Democrats volunteered for Central Committee activities during the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential election before starting my college education at UMBC in the fall of 2016 as a mathematics major. I decided to run for office because democracy is not a spectator sport and I will not wait on the sidelines when I know how to improve our community. The future is too important to wait my turn. I may only be twenty years old by the time I take office, but you don’t have to be thirty to care for your neighbors. You don’t have to be forty to understand a budget or fifty to play a part in our democracy.
Will I be the youngest person in the field of candidates for a Commissioner seat? Of course! But the world belongs to the audacious. Democracy is for everybody, people of all races, religions, and ages. Our system of governance works best when our elected officials represent a wide range of diverse interests and conflicting opinions. The current BOCC is made up of five clones of the same demographic. I want to break that because we have a problem in this country with youth participation. Our turnout rate is atrocious and it’s even more evident among young adults. I want to inspire a new generation to get involved, to get active, and to at least vote. There is so much good to be done through public service. I want to show people my age and disillusioned voters everywhere that politics do matter. It’s no secret Democrats have a problem in Calvert County and rural America everywhere. All five commissioners are Republican and we won’t win by running the same type of candidates. A generic Republican will beat a generic Democrat every time.
As a candidate, I will never hide who or what I am. I am a Democrat and I’m proud to say it. I have an ideology, values, and a consistent vision with how government should treat its citizens. Those principles don’t change overnight when they become politically inconvenient. I understand running as a Democrat in Calvert County is historically not the most electorally savvy move, but our residents will never question what I believe. For too long in Calvert County have we had candidates disguise themselves to get elected under the Republican ticket. Two lifelong Democrats have switched affiliation to the Republican Party for one reason: to give them an easier path to election. A couple of our current commissioners are no stranger to this strategy either. I will never call myself something that I’m not or trick voters to get elected. But 2018 is the year Democrats will win.
The issues we face are Calvert County problems, with Calvert County solutions. What I want to do in office is really a question of what Calvert County residents care about. By and large I believe that is money, traffic, and transparency. This is why I’m running on a platform of financial responsibility, common sense investment, and governmental accessibility.
Check out my website to read more on my platform and/or donate to my campaign! Any amount is appreciated! The Republicans will be going through a hotly contested primary, and this is when we need to gain a fundraising advantage! I have listed my contact information below. I would be happy to listen to your concerns about our county, unlike our current BOCC who hold their legislative meetings at 10am on Tuesdays.
By authority of Max Hakun, Treasurer of “Supporters of Matt Bennett”
Candidate Statements do not connote endorsement. The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee does not endorse candidates until after the primaries on June 26th.