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WDC Newsletter - October 29, 2018  -  In this Issue. . .

Early Voting Ends This Thursday: Early Voter Guide I Nominee Guide

President’s Message

Upcoming WDC Events:  November Happy Hour • November Luncheon: What Happened, and Why — The 2016 Election, with Fred Yang, WDC’s Favorite Pollster

Feature Articles from WDC:

WDC Member Resources & Calendars: WDC EventsCommunity Calendar, MCDCC Calendar, MDDEMS Calendar, WNDC Calendar
Editorial Note: Changes to Communications Schedule
This email is our monthly newsletter. Through the election on November 6, WDC will send an email on Fridays with volunteer information and an email on Mondays with event information. Our regularly scheduled updates will resume Monday, November 12.

President’s Message

By Fran Rothstein, WDC President

Okay, we’re down to the wire.  If Democrats vote, Democrats win.  Give some time to get out the vote:  canvass, phone bank, volunteer at early voting locations and on election day.  Send a clear message to Trump and his cronies by coming out strong for the entire Democratic ticket.

One of the most important races is that for Maryland governor.  Among the many threats we would face if we fail to defeat Governor Hogan are two that would have long-term, irreversible negative impact:  redistricting, and state judicial appointments.  The United for Maryland PAC has launched a video to educate Marylanders about redistricting, and plans a second video about judicial appointments, but as of now they are strapped for cash to finish the second video. Read More...

WDC November Happy Hour

When: Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: Denizens Brewing Co, 1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910

Come and join us at Denizens for our November Happy Hour! WDC wants to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to elect Democratic nominees during the midterms

November Luncheon: What Happened, And Why — The 2018 Election, With Fred Yang, WDC’s Favorite Pollster

When: Friday, November 16, 12:00-2:00 pm
Where: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD, 20814
Tickets: $35 each I Pay Online Click Here | Pay by Check Click Here | Flyer

This event will sell out quickly so please buy your ticket soon! Registration closes on November 11, noon. Join us on November 16 to learn more about Pollster Yang's analysis of 2018 elections.

Montgomery County resident Frederick S. Yang is a partner with the Garin Hart Yang Research Group, one of the nation's most respected and successful Democratic political polling firms. Mr. Yang has achieved a reputation for providing insightful analysis in his approach to political survey research, and for his hands-on involvement with his clients' campaigns. Campaigns & Elections magazine has singled out Mr. Yang for "his ability to master the local nuances of a race." And Capitol Hill's newspaper, Roll Call, named Mr. Yang as one of ten Democratic consultants on its list of "Consultants Who Make a Difference."

Fred Yang's clients include governors, U.S. senators, other statewide elected officials, and scores of municipal officials. He has helped elect at least one new House member in each of the past seven election cycles. Mr. Yang, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, got his start in politics at age 14, when he worked in his state assemblyman's district office. Prior to joining Hart Research, he worked on several political campaigns in a variety of roles, from precinct walker to field coordinator.

Payment Questions: email
Event Questions: contact Shruti Bhatnagar, Events Co-chair, 301-949-8006,

Laurie-Anne Sayles, Member of WDC's Board and Gaithersburg's City Council, Speaks Out for Ben Jealous

Read her rebuttal of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman’s endorsement of Hogan.

“As a lifelong Democrat, I am supporting Ben Jealous for governor. Ben Jealous offers a vision for Maryland in which our teachers are valued and our public schools are fully funded. Ben Jealous offers a plan to unleash our state’s untapped entrepreneurial energy and grow our small businesses, and his Medicare-for-all plan will ensure that affordable health care becomes a reality for all Marylanders.

“Ben Jealous stands for the values and principles Marylanders hold dear.”  Read More...

Ben Jealous—Pursuing the Promise of Maryland

By Elizabeth Joyce

Rallying a friendly WDC crowd at La Ferme restaurant in Chevy Chase on October 1, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and running mate Susie Turnbull stressed that it’s time for a new governor in Maryland. Presenting a stark contrast between life under Republican Governor Larry Hogan and the vision they offer the state, Jealous and Turnbull outlined their plans for a Maryland worthy of its promise. 

Hogan’s failures and evasive stances on key issues, they explained, far outweigh the successes he claims. On a wide range of key issues, they believe he has failed the citizens of Maryland. Read More...
View the event photo album.

Senator Ben Cardin Inspires Attendees at October 12th Luncheon at Normandie Farm 

By Alison W. Bennett

Riki Sheehan, Second Vice President of the Woman’s Democratic Club (WDC) of Montgomery County, introduced the guest speaker at the October 12th luncheon, Ben Cardin, the senior senator from Maryland. 

A third-generation Marylander, Senator Cardin was first in his class at the University of Maryland School of Law. He was elected to the Senate in 2006, and currently serves as Ranking Member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Cardin is a leading advocate for the Chesapeake Bay and the environment. Nationally, he is a champion of protecting our clean air and clean water. Senator Cardin believes access to quality, affordable health care should be a right and not a privilege. Read More...

View the event photo album, courtesy of Audrey Rothstein Photography. 

Advocacy Committee Report

By Ginger Macomber, Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

WDC 2019 Legislative Priorities 
The WDC Board approved the Advocacy Committee’s recommendations for WDC’s 2019 legislative priorities. These priorities form the framework for the specific bills for which WDC will advocate, including the preparation and delivery of oral and written testimony. WDC advocates for legislation that is directly relevant to women and their families in six Priority Issues Areas — Aging; Affordable Housing; Children and Youth; Criminal Justice and Public Safety; Health; and Working Families. Click here to view the list of priorities.  For more information about WDC’s advocacy efforts, please visit the Advocacy portion of WDC’s web page.

Come Support WDC – Wednesday November 14, 7:00 pm at the Montgomery County State Delegation Priorities Hearing 
WDC Board President Fran Rothstein will present testimony on WDC’s 2019 State legislative priorities. All are welcome to attend the Priorities Hearing in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room of the Stella Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville. This hearing is an opportunity for the public to bring issues of importance to the attention of our elected State legislators. 

Save the Date – Saturday November 17, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm - MLAW Fall Legislative Conference, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore
WDC is a member of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW). MLAW’s annual Fall Legislative Conference “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally…What Rights Are at Stake at the Federal Level and What Maryland Can Do to Protect Them” provides an opportunity to hear State legislators and advocacy groups discuss their goals and priorities. An afternoon Advocacy 101 workshop is also offered for those interested in learning how to be effective grassroots lobbyists. For more information and to register, click here.

Help wanted – WDC Advocacy Committee

Are you interested in getting more involved with our WDC Advocacy efforts? Do you have some time to research and take the lead on specific legislation? Our Committee has a number of vacancies. Our advocacy work is limited by the number of our members. Contact Ginger Macomber, Advocacy Committee Co-Chair at if you are interested in helping with any of the following:

  • Aging Issues Committee Chair
  • Affordable Housing Issues Committee Co-chair and Committee Members
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety Issues Committee Members
  • Working Families Issues Committee Members

October Happy Hour Report

By Carl Fowler

WDC welcomed guest speakers Congressman Jamie Raskin (CD-8) and Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart at our "Oktoberfest Happy Hour With Our Candidates", on October 18th at the World of Beer in Bethesda. Other elected officials and candidates in attendance were State Senator Susan Lee (D16), Delegates Marc Korman (D16) and Al Carr (D18), County Council nominee Evan Glass, and District 3 Board of Education nominee Lynn Amano.  

President Fran Rothstein introduced Congressman Raskin, who delivered a rousing speech, stressing the importance of voting and what’s at stake in the upcoming midterm elections. Mayor Stewart echoed Jamie’s message and emphasized what is on the line with the governor’s race and the dangers if the Republicans retain control of Congress, especially regarding the threat to women's rights. 

The speakers energized their audience with messages of Democratic unity and a call to GOTV. Members signed up for canvassing, phone banking and post card writing to support the Democratic ticket and increase voter turnout. Several members left with bumper stickers for Congressman Raskin and signs for County Executive Candidate Marc Elrich.  Karen Murphy, with the Democratic Coordinated Campaign, who was celebrating her birthday, asked for and received the volunteer commitments she wanted!

View the event photo album.

WDC Member Resources: 
Donate • Membership Renewal • Sign Up to Join a WDC Committee or to Receive Advocacy Alerts • View Community & Nominee Events Calendar • View WDC Events Calendar • Update Your Directory Info

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Thank You to Our Contributors
Thanks to Alison Bennett, Shruti Bhatnagar, Tonia Bui, Tracy Dhyani, Carl Fowler, Andrea Grossman, Betsy Halsey, Elizabeth Joyce, Millie Kahn, Linda Kolko, Enid Light, Ginger Macomber, Karissa Miller, Teddi Pensinger, Audrey Rothstein, Fran Rothstein, Laurie-Anne Sayles, Riki Sheehan, and Emily Shetty for their contributions to this newsletter.

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