Letter to the Editor, Capital Gazette, by Vikka Molldrem
I was amused by Brian Griffiths’ column about the collapse – in his dreams -- of the Democratic Party in Anne Arundel County (The Capital, Nov. 24).
Democrats are on the rise in this county. We got a major wake-up call in the 2014 election, but wake us up it did. County Democrats were out in force for the 2016 election, and for the first time in more than 50 years the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, won Anne Arundel.
Donald Trump’s election added dramatically to the energy among county residents to defeat Republicans, reinforced by Gov. Larry Hogan’s hesitation in distancing himself from Trump and County Executive Steve Schuh’s unsustainable growth policies.
There are eight impressive Democratic gubernatorial candidates to choose from. The Democratic neighborhood campaign is engaging scores of field workers throughout the county. Progressives are well organized and play a critical role in calling out politicians on poor policies. Democratic mayoral candidate Gavin Buckley's win in Annapolis affirmed and enhanced the momentum for change.
Voters seek fresh thinking and independence from big donors. In 2018, the Democratic ballot will provide this with many talented newcomers, in addition to respected incumbents. The state Senate candidates in Districts 30 and 32 exemplify this: Pam Beidle is highly regarded for her outstanding service as delegate. Sarah Elfreth has demonstrated political savvy and strong leadership in the District 30 Democratic Club. Though not all candidates have filed yet, you can expect qualified Democratic candidates for every important position.
Voters will have an outstanding choice for county executive in Steuart Pittman. A lifelong county resident and successful business owner, he understands how the county works and what needs to be done differently. His background in community organizing will serve him well in framing the county‘s new development plan.
So dream on, Republicans.
Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee.
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