Candidates for Talbot County Council to Discuss Environment Sept. 27

Candidates running for Talbot County Council are scheduled to meet at a forum Sept. 27 to discuss their positions on environmental issues.

The public forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library’s Easton Branch at 100 W. Dover Street in Easton.

The forum is being co-sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the League of Women Voters Mid Shore.

John Griep, editor of The Star Democrat, will moderate the forum and ask questions on topics such as climate change, Chesapeake Bay restoration, and land use management and growth. At the forum, members of the public can submit questions they’d like the candidates to answer.

The event is one of a series of candidate forums Chesapeake Bay Foundation is helping to organize in Maryland that are scheduled to take place in September and October in advance of the state’s Nov. 6 General Election.

CBF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not endorse or oppose any candidates in an election.

Andy Harris Receives NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award

On Thursday, September 13, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) awarded Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) with the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award for the 115th Congress.

Jon Kurrle, Vice President of Federal Government Relations, awarded Congressman Harris with the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award on behalf of the congressman’s “strong small business voting record in the 115th Congress” and his “support of small business and free enterprise.” The Congressman received the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award three times previously during the 112th, 113th, and 114th Congressional Terms. This will be his fourth consecutive Congressional term receiving the award.

Congressman Harris issued the following statement upon receiving the award:

“I am honored to receive the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB is a strong advocate for small businesses across America. Small businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators are the backbone of our country and employ the majority of our workforce.  For many people, owning their own business is part of the American Dream.  I will continue to support efforts to reduce the tax and regulatory burdens faced by our small employers.”

Eastern Shore PAC Announces Candidate Endorsements for November 2018 Election

Eastern Shore Political Action Committee for Social and Economic Justice  (Eastern Shore PAC) is pleased to endorse Jesse Colvin for U.S. Congress (District 1), and Keasha Haythe, Naomi Hyman, and Pete Lesher for Talbot County Council.These four leaders reflect the Eastern Shore PAC vision for political candidates who stand for healthy and prosperous communities and ensure fair and equitable treatment for all.

The Eastern Shore PAC endorsements reflect input, engagement and values of the community. Candidates seeking endorsement submitted written responses to a series of questions about their priorities for representing Eastern Shore communities, their personal story, and why they are running for office. Eastern Shore PAC members provided input and comments on the responses for consideration by the PAC’s candidate selection committee.

“I am grateful to the Eastern Shore PAC for voting to endorse our campaign for Talbot County Council. I look forward to working with PAC members to serve our community and promoting our shared vision for its future,” said Naomi Hyman, who is running for Talbot County Council. Keasha Haythe, also running for Talbot County Council said, “I am honored to be endorsed and stand together to join the mission of the Eastern Shore PAC by supporting the fight for a healthy and prosperous community for all. Inclusion is the best way to ensure we are hearing from all voices and all voices in Talbot County are important.” Upon learning of the endorsement, candidate for Talbot County Council, Pete Lesher replied “I am honored to have the endorsement of the Eastern Shore PAC and I share the vision of the local citizens for a prosperous rural economy in Talbot County.”

Eastern Shore PAC is a nonpartisan political action committee seeking to support political candidates on the Eastern Shore of Maryland who stand for healthy and prosperous communities and ensure fair and equitable treatment for all. “These candidates truly reflect the spirit of our community and the intention of our values-based PAC,” said Meredith Lathbury Girard, Chair of the Eastern Shore PAC. PAC Treasurer, Susan Russell, explained that the endorsements are “our way of thinking globally and acting locally.” PAC Board Member, Michele Drostin added, “This is an important time to come together and support candidates who will work for healthy and prosperous communities for all.”

Eastern Shore PAC was established in 2017 by members of the Easton, Maryland community to support candidates promoting safe and welcoming communities for all, prosperous rural economies, a quality healthcare system for everyone, high-performing schools for our children, and healthy air, land, and water for Eastern Shore communities.  For more information about Eastern Shore PAC, visit or e-mail:

Republican Central Committee Collecting Donated School Supplies for Students

The Republican Central Committee of Talbot County has launched a drive to collect and distribute donated school supplies to county students whose families are not in a position to purchase them.

School supplies needed are pens, pencils, note books, note book paper, back packs, folders and markers.

Beginning on Monday, August 13 and running through Friday, August 31, red collection baskets will be at the following locations:

Republican Central Committee Headquarters — 110 East Washington Street, Easton

Rauch Inc. – 106 North Harrison Street, Easton

Carpenter Street Saloon – 113 South Talbot Street, St Michaels

Talbot County Chamber of Commerce – 101 Marlboro Avenue, Suite 53, Easton

Easton Premier Cinema – 210 Marlboro Avenue, Easton

There are limited number of collection baskets still available. To request one or if you need more information on this community public service project,contact Central Committee member Jim Jaramillo at

District One in 2018: A Spy Goes to Harford County to Meet Barry Glassman

This Election 2018 profile is the third of a six-part series on the intricate makeup and character of the 1st Congressional District of Maryland. Each month, the Spy will be interviewing different 1st District residents from the Western Shore to the Lower Shore, both Democrats and Republicans, to discuss their unique sub-region of one of the largest congressional districts in the country, and the issues and political climate of those communities.

When Barry Glassman was attending Washington College in the early 1980s, he mirrored a world that ranged from the unbridled optimism of Ronald Reagan on one end and the cultural acceptance of TV’s right wing teen idol, Alex P. Keaton, on the other. Not burdened with memories of Watergate or the violence of the 1960s, Glassman, and his contemporaries, eagerly welcomed the Reagan era’s full throttle patriotism and America’s new, and much more hip, form of political conservatism.

From those early beginnings in Chestertown, where he sought his first political office as the president of WC’s Student Government Association, Glassman made politics a career choice that has taken him to become a Maryland state delegate, senator, and now the County Executive of Harford County.

A few weeks ago, the Spy drove over to Bel Air to talk the County Executive Glassman about his native Harford County, its role in the 1st District, as well as the increasingly polarized nature of national politics and what it means to be a Reagan Republican in the era of Donald Trump.

This video is approximately seven minutes in length. 

Talbot County Council Election Results

In addition to the highly contested primary election for the Democratic nominee to take on Rep. Andy Harris this fall, there were other local election results to report.


Grassroots Progressive Groups in MD 1st District to Protest Family Separation

Members of Together We Will Harford County/Upper Chesapeake, Talbot Rising, Kent and Queen Anne’s Indivisible, Worcester Indivisible, Queen Anne’s County Democratic Club, Harford Indivisible, Together We Will – Delmarva and Lower Shore Progressive Caucus will gather on Thursday in a coordinated effort to protest the treatment of asylum seekers and their families at the U.S. border, including the separation of parents and children and the placement of these children in internment camps.

Rallies will take place at Representative Andy Harris’s offices in Bel Air (15 East Churchville Rd.) and Salisbury (100 E. Main St.) at 5:00 pm and Kent Island (100 Olde Point Village, Chester) at 6:30 pm. Harris supports the inhumane immigration policies of the Trump administration.

For further information contact:

District One in 2018: A Spy goes to Queen Anne’s County to Meet Barry Donadio

This Election 2018 profile is the first of a six-part series on the intricate makeup and character of the 1st Congressional District of Maryland. Each month, the Spy will be interviewing different 1st District residents from Carroll County to the Lower Shore, both Democrats and Republicans, to discuss their unique sub-region of one of the largest congressional districts in the country, and the issues and political climate of those communities.

The Spy continues with a conversation with Republican Barry Donadio from Queen Anne’s County. Like many residents of western Queen Anne’s, Barry commuted across the Bay Bridge from his home in Chester for more than a decade as part of the Secret Service assigned to protect both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. After retiring in 2013, he quickly signed up as a volunteer for the GOP in QAC and eventually ran and won a seat on the county’s Republican Central Committee the following year.

In his Spy interest, Barry talks about his conservative positions, his support of both President Trump and Congressman Andy Harris, as well as his political analysis that the factors that drove many Queen Anne’s Democrats to vote Republican in 2016 still holds true in 2018.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. Barry Donadio is currently running for a seat on the Queen Anne’s County Commission.

Former Governor Ehrlich To Attend Book Signing In Easton

Former Governor Bob Ehrlich will be the special guest at a book signing luncheon sponsored by the Republican Central Committee of Talbot County.

The luncheon will be held on Wednesday June 20 at noon at Scossa Restaurant on Washington Street in downtown Easton. Cost to attend is $35.00 per person which includes lunch and a complimentary personally signed copy of Governor Ehrlich’s latest book — Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming.

Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming is Governor Ehrlich’s analysis of the unexpected election of Donald Trump, the earth-shattering and ongoing changing of the guard in Washington, how it’s turned establishment politics on its head, and what it all means for the future of the nation.

It includes a recap of Governor Ehrlich’s efforts on behalf of the 2016 Trump campaign to successfully reengage “Reagan Democrats” in several key blue states that were thought to be the path to the White House for Hillary Clinton.

To RSVP for this event, email the names of attendees to Charlene Marcum at Payment in cash or by check made payable to RCCTC will be accepted at the doors. All proceeds from this event as well as additional voluntary contributions at the event will benefit the Republican Central Committee’s 2018 Campaign Headquarters.

Election 2018: 1st District LWV Democratic Candidates Forum Highlights

While the League of Women Voters forum on Sunday afternoon at Chesapeake College for Republicans running in the 1st District primary race turned out to be a bust with only one candidate (Rep. Andy Harris) out of three showing up, which meant, according to League rules, the program was canceled, the Democrats seemed to make up for it by having all five of their primary candidates show up for their own LWV  forum a few hours later.

Candidates Jesse Colvin, Allison Galbraith, Erik Lane, Michael Pullen, and Steve Worton all made their case for winning the Democratic nomination on June 26 to take on Representative Harris in the general election in November.

The Spy was there to capture their opening statements and responses to audience questions.

This video is approximately fifty-six minutes in length