December Chairman’s Message
December is a month of celebrations, whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or another cherished tradition, we set aside time to spend with friends and family. The workplace slows down as the buying frenzy speeds up. We spend a lot of time looking for the perfect gift, the also-ran gift and the reserve gift for the un-remembered recipient.
One of the challenges I remember early in our marriage was we came from different traditions. Does the tree get put up the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve? Do you buy one large gift for a family or many small ones for individuals? Do you draw names along with what they want and a maximum budget? Where are the holidays celebrated? What meal is being consumed and who is bringing what food? It requires negotiation, love and respect to make new traditions in your own, unique way. And you had to give up something that you preferred to do.
2018 is going to be like that for Republicans. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to re-elect Governor Hogan and support him down ballot with enough new senators and delegates to sustain vetoes of bad legislation. We are going to have to negotiate who is doing what to help with this effort and set aside our preferences to win this election. In a state where we are outnumbered 2:1, we need everyone on-board and voting to win!
You will have the chance to change Maryland for the next century in 2018 when you re-elect Governor Hogan. He will have the right and responsibility to redistrict our state in 2020 to eliminate gerrymandering through a fair, non-partisan, open and transparent redistricting process. Politically competitive districts will give Maryland a truly balanced government for the first time since 1898.
District 3 (below) is “the nation's second-most gerrymandered district” (Washington Post!). ‘Marymandering’ leads to disparate communities unserved by their officials.
District 4 isn’t much better!
I need your help with two things:
1) Elect 5 senators and 7 delegates that will help prevent over-riding Governor Hogan’s vetoes of bad legislation
2) Supporting the candidate of your choice with your time and resources.
What can all of us do to help?
1, Join a candidate’s team. We have great candidates running for county council, county wide races and legislative races. We need to elect 5 additional senators and 7 additional delegates to support Governor Hogan. Will you be part of the crucial crew that makes this possible?
2. Help build your community by signing up to be a precinct leader. We have 190 precincts to cover for primary and general elections not to mention 7 early day voting sites. We need people to serve shifts during those days as well as precinct leaders to help organize and communicate with them. We can help you learn what you need to do and you will have fun with your neighbors.
3) Join fellow Republicans at their club meetings (http://www.aagop.org/republican_clubs) to learn from elected officials what is going on in Annapolis and the county, and to meet our new candidates.
Have a Blessed New Year!