Early voting kicks off on October 27th for the 2022  Maryland Gubernatorial General Election! Election Day is Tuesday November 8th.

This issue of The Skipjack Current contains additional information about some of the local candidates running. 


2022 Gubernatorial General Election Information:

Voting has never been more convenient with options including mail in ballots, ballot drop boxes, early voting, and in person voting on Election Day. Democrats have paved the way in making the ability to vote more accessible and convenient. 


General Election Candidate Forums

On October 12th, starting at 5:30 pm the second of two General Election Candidate Forums will be hosted at the Lexington Park Library.  The forum will feature candidates for Delegate 29 C, Commissioner President, and Board of Education District 1. A meet and greet is scheduled from 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm before each event.

Virtual option available.

Thank you to the sponsors of this event: League of Women Voters of St. Mary's County, St. Mary's NAACP 7025, St. Mary's County Library, and the Center for the Study of Democracy.

For a listing of candidates who will appear on the ballot for the General Election, please visit: 

https://www.stmarysdemocrats.org/candidates

Please consider joining a candidate committee to help with a particular campaign! This is your chance to make a difference, so reach out to us at [email protected] for more information!

If you'd like to deliver candidate literature to neighborhoods whenever is convenient for you, send us an email at [email protected] and we will get you set up with the materials and a list of addresses!

If you would like to help out with phone banking, several happy hours will be added to the schedule, but they can be done any afternoon on your own, as well.  Email us at [email protected] and we will set you up with the numbers and script!  The phone banking is really important as these will be our second touches for many voters.


Question 4

This year, marijuana legalization is on the ballot as Question 4 in Maryland.  According to a recent Washington Post article, 73% of  Maryland voters favor legalizing “the use of cannabis” for people 21 and older. President Joe Biden's recent move to pardon and reclassify marijuana is on track with how a majority of Americans feel about this subject.


Upcoming Events/Opportunities to Help!

Please mark your calendars and join us at these events to support our candidates and the Democrats.  Any amount of time and energy you can put in is greatly appreciated.  Please consider inviting others to attend as well!

Door Knocking (with Team Crosby and Roderick Lewis, for all the candidates) - Sign up HERE.  Details in the link. Talking to voters is a tried and true way to get people to the polls. It's fun, guaranteed or your money back! 

If you'd like to deliver candidate literature to neighborhoods whenever is convenient for you, send us an email at [email protected] and we will get you set up with the materials and a list of addresses!

If you would like to help with our texting campaign, email us at [email protected], and we will get you started. Text banking is the easiest way to reach a ton of voters quickly.  

October 9 (Sunday) - 2022 SOMD Pride Festival - Please sign up to help staff the Democrats' table HERE.

 

October 9 (Sunday) - Softball Tournament and Meet and Greet for Natalie Weech - More details HERE.

 

October 15-16 (Saturday and Sunday) - St. Mary's County Oyster Festival - Please sign up to help staff the Democrats' table HERE.

October 23 (Sunday) - Get Out the Vote Rally/Canvass - time and location will be announced soon.

October 27-November 3 - Early Voting - Democrats will have tents/tables set up out front at the three early voting locations, and we will need lots of volunteers. Sign ups coming soon!

October 30 (Sunday) - Souls to the Polls - Lexington Park Library, 3:00pm.

 

November 8 (Tuesday) - General Election Day - Democrats will have tables/tents set up out front and we will needs volunteers for each precinct. The weather will be so much better than during the primary! Signs ups coming soon.

 


Candidate Spotlight

 

Marsha Williams - Board of Education District 1

Marsha has been a practicing attorney for nearly 22 years. She has represented children and parents and advocated on their behalf not only in court hearings but also in special education, best interest determination/educational needs meetings, and school disciplinary meetings. Marsha is knowledgeable about the laws, rules, and procedures that govern Maryland education (including special education law) and the St. Mary’s County Board of Education.

Marsha has been a resident of St. Mary’s County for over 20 years. She moved to St. Mary’s County following her marriage to her husband, Corey, who has been resident of St. Mary’s County for over 25 years. Marsha is a parent. Her son, Charles, has been a student in St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) for over 10 years. Marsha not only resides and raises her son in St. Mary’s County, but she volunteers in the community in which she calls home by being an active member of several community and school organizations. Marsha has served as Vice-President and later President of her son’s middle school’s Parent Teacher Organization. Additionally, Marsha has participated in meetings and on committees with the SMCPS superintendent, some of the current Board of Education members, and SMCPS administrators to discuss issues pertaining to the school curriculum, the school calendar, the hiring and retention of qualified and diverse staff, and school safety. Marsha knows how important it is to work collaboratively, disagree respectfully, listen, be open and receptive to ideas, even ones that may differ from her own, and challenge the status quo if it is not working.

The knowledge and experience that Marsha possesses, combined with her willingness to listen and be receptive to people’s ideas, feedback, and concerns would be an asset to St. Mary’s County Board of Education. Marsha will work hard to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality public education that is taught by highly qualified educators in a safe school environment. Marsha will work hard and advocate for children, teachers, and parents.

 

Brian Crosby - Delegate 29 B

Brian grew up in a working class family and knows the struggle families face today. His family taught him the value of hard work and commitment to service. After earning his law degree, Brian joined the U.S. Army and served as an Infantry Officer and Army Ranger on three deployments to Afghanistan.

After his time in uniform, Brian continued his commitment to public service and his community. He started as a volunteer for a youth running club at George Washington Carver Elementary as a mentor and coach. His experience with these children motivated him to want to make a bigger difference, and he decided to run for state delegate.

Brian has been a leading voice for his constituents in Annapolis, ensuring that St. Mary’s County is well represented at the state level. Brian is a champion for education, prioritizes infrastructure projects in his community, and advocates on behalf of small businesses. As a veteran himself and as a representative for a naval air station, Brian is an avid supporter of veterans issues.

Brian lives in Great Mills with his wife, Annie, and their daughter, Penny, and works as a government contractor supporting the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.


Recent Happenings

St. Mary's Democrats participated in the St. Mary's County Fair Parade on 9/24.

 

We were proud to sponsor the St. Mary's County NAACP (#7025) Freedom Fund Jazz Brunch on 10/1.


The Skipjack Circle

Early voting for the General Election starts THIS MONTH! We’re going to need all the help we can get to build a strong and successful democratic presence in St. Mary’s County. One of the easiest ways you can help is to join our recurring donor program, Skipjack Circle. 

Members have already enjoyed exclusive benefits over the past year (read more here: https://www.stmarysdemocrats.org/skipjack_circle)–so don’t miss out! One of the perks for donors at the Potomac and Chesapeake Levels are tickets to the annual Skipjack Gala.

 

Democratic Club

October 17th (Monday) 7:00 pm -8:00 pm - The St. Mary's County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom. Please email Julia Nichols for information on joining the meeting. [email protected]

Brooke Lierman who is running for Maryland Comptroller will be in attendance for this meeting, don't miss it! 

Please stay tuned for a call for volunteers to help at tables during early voting and Election day.  If interested please email us at [email protected]

Thank you for your support!

You may now pay your dues online. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $35 for a family. To join, renew, or make a donation to the club online, please visit the St. Mary’s Democratic Club Paypal [https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/stmarysdemclub] .

When paying, please include your email address and indicate whether you are a new or renewing member.

You can also mail a check to:

St. Mary’s County Democratic Club

PO BOX 631 Leonardtown, MD 20650


I Am St. Mary's

#IAMSTMARYS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF ST. MARY’S

SKIPJACK October 2022

 

Women Supporting Women Reception, 25 September—We had a really nice reception on Sunday evening showing our support toward Sheila Milburn, Natalie Weech, and Marsha Williams! They are great candidates who care about our county now and into the future. They have vision and actionable plans to help everyone. Thank you to all those who came and got fired up!

 

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month



St. Mary’s County Domestic Violence Crisis Number

240-925-0084

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ATTENTION‼️ The emails and Facebook postings from #IAMSTMARYS will be more frequent as campaign and GOTV activity increases. We’ll do our best to get the information out to you (and please forward it to your family and friends). We want you to know what’s going on and where you can lend your time, energy, and support. 

Contact us via [email protected] if you are interested in getting our emails, for more information, or interested in joining the Democratic Women of St. Mary’s.

Please be sure to have [email protected] in your contacts so you’ll see our emails. 


Candidate updates:

On the week of 10/3, we received notification from the Maryland Board of Elections that the Democratic candidate for Commissioner President, Natalie Weech, is disqualified from holding the office because she does not meet the five-year residency requirement. Natalie has lived in St. Mary’s County for three years. Unfortunately, Natalie was not aware of the residency requirement when she filed. Even though she provided residency information to the St. Mary’s County Board of Elections at the time of filing, the local board did not notify Natalie of the requirement or challenge her candidacy.

As Natalie stated last week, she only recently discovered the residency requirement when she was researching the County code to determine if there was any conflict with her accepting a job with St. Mary’s County Public Schools. She immediately notified the St. Mary’s County Board of Elections. The Board investigated the issue and explained to her that because no one had challenged her candidacy and the ballots had already been certified, she could continue her candidacy.
However, the Maryland Board of Elections later determined that Natalie was indeed disqualified from holding the office. Natalie conferred with the state board and agreed that she was disqualified. Although it is too late for her to withdraw and her name will appear on the ballot, she has suspended her campaign for Commissioner President.
It is unfortunate that the Board of Elections did not catch this mistake sooner. If the board had, another Democratic candidate may have filed or the Democratic party may have had the opportunity to nominate another candidate. We hope this situation will lead to reform so that similar issues do not occur in the future.
St. Mary's County Democrats

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Change that matters. By authority St. Mary’s County Democratic Central Committee; Kaitlin Fraer, Treasurer