St. Mary's County Democrats

   Welcome to September

September marks the unofficial start of fall, and it also signals that just over two months remain until the big event -- Election Day 2018. We have so much going on this month we can hardly fit it all here. Please join us as we prepare to make history!

Sept. 1

Canvassing in the area of Chopticon HS. Contact Matt Willett for details:

Julia Nichols’ Birthday Bash and Campaign Rally, 2-5 p.m. Help State Delegate candidate Julia Nichols celebrate her birthday with cake, snacks, drinks, and special guest speakers, including Susan Turnbull, candidate for Lt. Governor. Donations appreciated. Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse, 500 Clubhouse Dr., Lusby.

Sept. 8

Timothy Ridgell Pig Roast Meet & Greet, 1-5 p.m. Join Commissioner candidate Tim Ridgell for a pig roast with music, 50/50 raffle, and more. Donations appreciated. Brass Rail, 20331 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills.

Sept. 13

Faye Wheeler Meet & Greet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Faye Wheeler, candidate for Clerk of Court, hosts a meet and greet with light refreshments, cash bar, and raffle ticket sales. Donations appreciated. Pax River Alehouse, 46590 Corporate Dr., Lexington Park.

Sept. 17

Democratic Club Meeting, 7 p.m. Come out and learn how you can get involved. Lexington Park VRS, 21685 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park.

Sept. 19

Brian Crosby Fundraiser, 6 p.m. A night of politics and fundraising in support of State Delegate candidate Brian Crosby, featuring special guest Sen. Van Hollen. Heavy hors’ d'oeuvres and cocktails. RSVP at Woodlawn Farm, 16040 Woodlawn Dr., Ridge.

Sept. 20-23

St. Mary’s County Fair. The St. Mary’s Democrats will host a booth throughout the fair, and participate in the parade on Saturday morning. We need lots of help! Please sign up to volunteer here.

Sept. 21

Democrat of the Year Dinner, 6-10 p.m. This is our signature annual fundraiser, and we want to make 2018 our biggest year yet. Please visit our website to purchase tickets, sponsorships, or program advertisements:

Sept. 22

Thomas Brewer Meet and Greet, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Come out to meet Thomas Brewer, candidate for State Senate. St. Inie’s Coffee, 46915 S. Shangri-La Dr., Lexington Park.

Rose Frederick Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. Join Rose Frederick, candidate for County Commissioner, for a dinner and silent auction. Purchase tickets at Bay District VFD, 46900 S. Shangri-La Dr., Lexington Park.

Looking ahead…

Oct. 6-7 Blessing of the Fleet

Oct. 14 Democrats Unity Breakfast

Oct. 20-21 Oyster Festival

Oct. 25-Nov. 1 Early Voting 

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Nov. 6 Election Day

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Don't Miss These Canvassing Opportunities

With less than three months until the election, it is time to get out talking to St. Mary’s Democratic voters about our candidates and the importance of voting in this year’s election!  We have several canvasses scheduled over the next few weeks.

On Tuesday, August 14 (evening) and Sunday, August 19, we will be in precinct 8-009, Lexington Park Elementary. This is our highest priority precinct and our biggest.

If you are available to volunteer, please contact Lisa Shender at by Sunday, August 12 for Tuesday’s canvass and/or by Friday, August 17 for Sunday’s canvass.

We will also be canvassing in the Town Creek/Esperanza Farms area. We will meet at Esperanza Middle at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 16 and Thursday, August 23. Please contact Amanda Yowell to sign up:

Finally, we will be in Wildewood, meeting at Evolve Yoga on Saturday, August 25 at 10:00 am and Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 pm. Contact Amanda Yowell to sign up:

August is Upon Us

Believe it or not, we are within 100 days of the election! This is the time when our candidates most need your support -- as they make their final push towards a seat in Washington, Annapolis, or Leonardtown. As the bottom of this blog post you’ll find a list of the local Democratic candidates. Any donation, no matter the size, will help them on their way.

Beyond donations, August if full of opportunities to get more involved:

August 4: Beach Party on the Square in Leonardtown, 4-9 p.m.

The St. Mary’s Democrats will have a booth at this fun, family-friendly event. Stop by to say hello and create a free sand art craft. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Caroline King at

August 18: Faye Wheeler Meet & Greet, Brambly Inn, Bushwood, 6:30-10 p.m. Music by Cut Loose Band (Jimmy Strine). Light refreshments; cash bar. $10 at the door; YETI cooler raffle tickets also available.

August 20: Democratic Club Meeting, Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, 7 p.m.

We will discuss current events and hear updates from our committees. We’ll also be collecting donations of school supplies in support of the NAACP at this meeting.

August 22: Democrats Happy Hour, Pax River Alehouse, 5-7 p.m.

Join the Democratic Club and newly elected Central Committee members for drinks, socializing, and political trivia!

August 26: Howard Thompson’s Back to School BBQ Bash, Bowles Farms, Clements, 1-4 p.m.

Support Howard Thompson, candidate for County Commissioner President, at this big fundraising event. Hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, and refreshments will be served. Live auction and live music. Special door prizes for teachers and those who donate school supplies. $30/person or $50/couple. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor click here.

September 1: Julia Nichols' Birthday Bash and Campaign Rally, Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse, Lusby, 2-5 p.m.

Join Julia Nichols, candidate for State Delegate District 29C, as she celebrates her birthday! This is a free event, with cake, snacks and drinks for all. Hear from exciting guest speakers and gear up for the election. More at


Looking ahead ...

September 19: Brian Crosby Fundraiser with Sen. Van Hollen, Woodlawn Farm, 6-8 p.m.

September 20-23: St. Mary’s County Fair

September 21: Democrat of the Year Dinner at Olde Breton Inn, Leonardtown, 6-10 p.m. The St. Mary’s Democrats’ signature annual event. For details and to purchase tickets, sponsorships or advertisements, click here.

September 22: Rose Frederick for Commissioner Fundraiser, Bay District Fire Department, 4-7 p.m.


Calling all volunteer drivers!

In our efforts to get everyone who wants to vote to the polls we will be offering rides. Early voting runs from Oct. 25 through Nov 1, every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day is Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you have time available and are willing to help those in our community to get to the polls, please email with your address, telephone number and, if you know it, your availability. We will try to match you up with people in your general location.


2018 Candidates

US Senate

Ben Cardin:

US House of Representatives (District 05)

Steny Hoyer:

Maryland Governor/Lt. Governor

Ben Jealous/Susan Turnbull:

Maryland Comptroller

Peter Franchot:

Maryland Attorney General

Brian Frosh:

Maryland State Senate (District 29)

Thomas Brewer:


Maryland House of Delegates

District 29A (northern St. Mary's County)

Roberta Loker:

District 29B (southern St. Mary's County)

Brian Crosby:

District 29C (middle St. Mary's County)

Julia Nichols:


St. Mary's County Commissioners


Howard Thompson:

District 1

Timothy Ridgell:

District 2

Rose Frederick:

St. Mary’s County Sheriff

Ted Belleavoine:


St. Mary’s County Courthouse

Clerk of the Circuit Court

Faye Wheeler:

Judge of the Orphans Court

Deborah Curtis:

Julie Randall: