Congressman Harris Supports “Right to Try” Act for Experimental Drug Use

The he U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act. This legislation increases terminally ill patients’ access to experimental drugs that have not yet been approved or licensed by the FDA. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement lauding the bill’s passage:

“Today, the House of Representatives delivered new hope to patients fighting for their lives. Stunning new cures in medicine occur each and every day, and patients deserve the right to try any and all available treatments, including treatment options still in the final approval process. The federal government has no place denying terminally-ill patients the opportunity for survival, especially when there are hundreds of potential treatments stuck in the FDA’s pipeline. As a physician, I am proud to support the Right to Try Act – a bill that will bring hope and relief to families plagued by terminal illness across the United States.”

Former GOP Rep Wayne Gilchrest Endorses Jesse Colvin for 1st District House Race

1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Jesse Colvin announced an endorsement from former Representative Wayne Gilchrest on Monday.

The endorsement, coming from the moderate Republican congressman who represented the 1st District from 1991 until 2009, marks a major win for Colvin’s campaign to unseat Representative Andy Harris in a district in which many thought a Democrat couldn’t compete.

“Jesse Colvin is an honest man, who sees America through the eyes of someone rooted in the soil of our history,” Congressman Gilchrest said after he gave the endorsement. “The integration of integrity, between all of us, is the foundation of the words, ‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’. Jesse will continue those ideals, by taking his turn to knit our communities together.”

Congressman Gilchrest is also a military veteran, having served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marines.

Jesse has distinguished himself from the rest of the primary field by demonstrating his ability to build relationships across the aisle, which are critical to representing a district like Maryland’s CD1. Much like Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Jesse is focused on bringing people together through practical solutions to local problems.

Here is Jesse’s statement on the endorsement:

“This is big for our campaign, but it’s even bigger for our district. Representative Gilchrest served our district with integrity for nearly two decades, and I’m honored to receive his endorsement. His support shows that we have what it takes to build relationships that bridge divides, at a time when leaders in Washington are only dividing us further. We are building a coalition, because that is what it’s going to take to unseat Andy Harris in November.”

Republicans of Talbot County to Host Primary Candidates Forum June 7

The Republican Central Committee of Talbot County will be hosting a Republican Candidates Forum on Thursday, June 7, 2018. It will be held at the Talbot County Agriculture and Education Center on Hiners Lane in Easton starting at 6:00 PM. The forum is free and is open to the public.

The forum will include brief remarks from Republican candidates running to serve on the Talbot County Council and serve as Clerk of the Circuit Court. It will also include brief remarks from Republican candidates running to serve in the State Senate from District 37 and to serve in the State House of Delegates from District 37B. Following remarks from the candidates, there will be a question and answer session.

Central Committee Chair Nick Panuzio noted “ This forum is an outstanding opportunity for citizens to hear firsthand from Republican candidates on their views on the most pressing public policy issues that impact Talbot County and their thoughts on how best to address them.”

Central Committee Co vice Chair Connie Sheer also noted “The timing for this forum is ideal, as it will be held one week before early voting opens.”

Advance reservations are not required but are appreciated. They can be e – mailed to: jamesjaramillo42@gmail.com

Joe Trippi Featured Speaker for Talbot County Democrats May 18

The Talbot County Democratic Central Committee’s Second Annual Douglass-Tubman Dinner will be held Friday, May 18 at Easton’s historic Waterfowl Building, 40 S. Washington St.  Festivities will begin at 5pm with a reception followed by dinner.  To attend, go to www.talbotdems.org

This year’s event commemorates the accomplishments of our renowned native son and daughter, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.  It will feature a town hall style question and answer session with Joe Trippi, Media Strategist for Democrat Doug Jones’ upset win in the Alabama Senate Campaign.  Kathleen Matthews, Maryland State Democratic Party Chair, will moderate the evening.  The next 50 guests to purchase tickets via www.talbotdems.org  will receive a complimentary copy of Joe Trippi‘s book “The Revolution Will Not be Televised.”

Mr. Trippi, described by Republican Strategist Harlan Hill as “one of the most brilliant political consultants in the country,” was an integral part of the successful Senate race in Alabama.  He has been called the man who “reinvented campaigning” by the New Republic and has been at the forefront of numerous House of Representative victories including Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Janice Hahn, Mark Takano and Seth Moulton.   He began his career working on Edward Kennedy’s presidential campaign and is best known for his reinvention of campaigning during Howard Dean’s presidential run.

Ms. Matthews will highlight the need to elect strong leaders into key positions at the County, State and national level.  The discussion will center on Democratic strategy to win in 2018 while preparing for the 2020 Presidential election.

Chairman Scott Kane looks forward to hosting this event; “We are inspired today by the leadership of Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman.  They shared a vision that changed our nation.  So must we today.  We start right here, right now, with our own expert panel and path to action.  Come join us for this exciting evening.”

To attend, or for more information, go to www.talbotdems.org  or contact Karen Shook at (410) 745-3307.

MORE ABOUT THE TALBOT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

The Talbot County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Talbot County, Maryland. Chosen by Democratic voters during the gubernatorial primary election, the central committee consists of eight members who carry out the local business of the party. Together with the other jurisdictions in the state we make up the Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland, the governing body of the Maryland Democratic Party.

In addition, the Central Committee fosters other party-building activity in Talbot County, including candidate recruitment, establishing a Democratic Party Headquarters and voter registration activities in conjunction with the Democratic Clubs.

The web address of the committee is www.talbotdems.org

Election 2018: Former NATO Commander Endorses Colvin

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Democratic presidential candidate General Wesley Clark has endorsed Jesse Colvin for Congress on Thursday.

In an op-ed published by The Baltimore Sun, Clark explains why he believes veterans like Jesse are running for Congress all across the country and why he thinks they are likely to win in November.

“Former Army Ranger Jesse Colvin, who is running to represent Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, is perhaps a perfect embodiment of the unique qualities of leadership veterans possess and of the trajectory that has led them to where they are today,” Clark writes.

The piece goes on to highlight the similarities between Jesse and former marine and recently elected Pennsylvania Congressman Conor Lamb.

“Like Mr. Lamb, Mr. Colvin is running in a rural district that President Donald Trump won handily, one that until recently was considered “out of reach” for Democrats. And like Mr. Lamb, Mr. Colvin is running on a platform focused on uniting people behind practical solutions to local problems. He is running with the integrity and sense of duty that so many in Congress lack.”

 

St. Michaels Commissioner Candidate Forum May 2

The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Shore (LWVMS) is sponsoring a Town of St. Michaels Commissioner Candidate Forum on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Christ Church Parish Hall (Etherton Hall) at 103 Willow Street in St. Michaels.

Questions will be asked of the candidates by a moderator, who will also take questions from the audience via notecards. This event is free and open to the public. Voters in St. Michaels are encouraged to attend and learn more about of the Town Commissioner candidates and their positions on local issues.

The following candidates (all invited to the forum) are competing for two available seats: T. Coleman DuPont, Michael A. Gorman, William C. Harvey II, Jennifer C. Stevens, Christopher B. Thomas, & Jaime M. Windon. The election will take place May 7, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Michaels Town Office (300 Mill Street, St. Michaels).

Contact Hilary Gibson, Chair of Voter Services for LWVMS, with questions or concerns at 443-646-3338 or lwvms.md@gmail.com.

The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Shore is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to all citizens of voting age.

The League of Women Voters does not endorse candidates for this or any other election.

Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins Candidacy Clerk for Circuit Court

Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins announces her candidacy for the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Talbot County.

Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins, a Democrat, has been employed with the Maryland Judiciary for 40 years.  Her depth of experience has ranged from courtroom clerk to her present position of Supervisor I, which consists of supervising the criminal clerk and the courtroom clerk for the Talbot County District Court of Maryland.

Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins’ experience has made her a prime candidate for the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Talbot County. Adkins stated that her prime mission will be to provide professional and effective customer service while making every customer important. She further stated that this will be accomplished by promoting staff training and implementing best practices in their processes and operations.

Adkins has participated in many professional development opportunities during her Judiciary career.  During this 40 year span she has participated in substance abuse, mental health and hygiene, diversity, customer service, mediation and multicultural trainings.

Adkins stated that, “I will use my skill set and training for the greater good of the public as well as those around me to bring forth growth in professionalism and customer service.

For more information about Adkins’ candidacy, visit www.friendsof MonicaAdkins.com, FriendsofMonicaDeeDeeAdkins on Facebook or email MAdkinsForClerkofCircuitCourt@gmail.com

Democrat Colvin Outraises Rep. Harris in Contributions for Second Consecutive Quarter

Democratic candidate for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District Jesse Colvin outraised Republican incumbent Representative Andy Harris in total individual contributions over the first three months of 2018.

As reported by The Washington Post on Monday, Colvin’s fundraising over the past six months has helped turn what was once thought to be a solid red district into a competitive race.

After edging Harris by 38% in total fundraising during the last three months of 2017, Mr. Colvin continued to build momentum through the first quarter of this year, outraising Harris for the second consecutive quarter in individual contributions, which represented 99% of the contributions Colvin received. Harris, meanwhile, raised 36% of his money from national PACs, including the NRA and the Koch brothers.

“We’re focused on voters, not corporate PACs,” Colvin said in a statement about the quarter’s results. “The community we’re building around this campaign is what ensures we have a real shot at flipping this seat in November — folks from all walks of life are fed up with career politicians like Andy Harris.”

Having nearly doubled the campaign’s cash on hand, Colvin is focused on engaging as many voters as possible across the district, which is geographically one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Winning an election requires the tireless commitment of citizens coming together for a common cause. But it also takes resources, whether that’s printing yard signs or filling my truck up with the gas it needs to get to every corner of this district.”

The 1st District: Introducing Candidate Steve Worton

It is almost too hard to believe that the 1st Congressional District of Maryland, which most political observers would say was specifically designed to be a safe and perhaps the only Republican district in the state, now has four very credible Democratic candidates eager to take on U.S. Representative Andy Harris this November.

Steve Worton is one of them. The last of the four candidates that the Spy has recently profiled, Steve comes to the race after working at the Department of Defense for 33 years. During that time, he managed over 3,000 people at 23 sites around the world maintaining operations and reducing personnel, as well as eliminated waste and improved business processes through sound management and electronic commerce.

With a degree in accounting from Temple and MBA from the University of Delaware, Steve wants to use these skills and experience in the next Congress.

The Spy met up with Steve at the Bullitt House a few weeks ago to talk about how his approach is different from his opponents in the Democratic primary in June as well as how he differentiates himself from Andy Harris in a possible Fall contest.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information about Steve Worton and his campaign please go here.

Keasha Haythe Declares Candidacy For Talbot County Council

Talbot County native and Easton resident Keasha Haythe has announced her candidacy for the Talbot County Council. The Talbot County democrat and economic development professional is running on a platform of education, business and economic development, and environment. She would be the first female African-American if elected to the County Council.
“As an economic development professional for more than 17 years and a small business owner, I know how critical business growth and retention is to our economic success,” Haythe said in making her bid official, adding, “I am dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses owners and will be an advocate for businesses.”

Haythe plans to work with traditional industries — manufacturing, farming and fishing – to have policies and programs that make economic sense for the county. A proponent that education and economic prosperity go hand-in-hand, she is also committed to supporting funding for programs that provide students with clear pathways in business and industry through technical training or college preparation. “Having a strong, prepared workforce is critical for individual and business growth.”

A waterman’s granddaughter, Haythe grew up in Talbot county, attended public schools and community college. “We must have a balance of policies that promote environmental stewardship – but don’t threaten our way of life,” she said, “I am committed to tackling environmental restoration by supporting our farmers and waterman.

Haythe will hold listening sessions throughout the county to hear concerns, ideas and discuss her agenda.
A 1991 graduate of Easton High School, Haythe attended Chesapeake College obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Additionally, she holds a Certified Economic Development Developer designation, a professional certification of mastery in economic development skills and principles.

Haythe and her husband Marcus live in Easton. They have three children, Marcus Jr. (who served in the U.S. Army), Miniah and Isaiah.

For more information visit KeashaHaythe.com