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Ben Jealous For Governor
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Ben Jealous is a civil rights leader, community organizer, investor in startups for good, educator, former investigative journalist and a Rhodes Scholar who has spent his life bringing people together to get big things done. He specializes in building diverse coalitions for change and holding government leaders accountable to the needs of everyday people.

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    Civil Rights Leader & Businessman

    Ben’s Maryland roots go back generations. His grandparents lived in Baltimore, where Ben’s grandfather worked on the B&O Railroad and his grandmother at Planned Parenthood. Ben’s mother grew up in the McCulloh Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore and helped to integrate Western High School in 1954 as a member of the NAACP’s Youth and College Division. Ben’s father was one of a small number of white men jailed during the Congress of Racial Equality’s efforts to desegregate Baltimore’s downtown business district.

    Ben grew up spending summers in West Baltimore and has lived in Maryland throughout his career as a civil rights leader and businessman. Ben has extensive experience as a non-profit executive, serving as the past president of the Rosenberg Foundation, and the founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Domestic Human Rights Program.

  • Journalist

    While working as a journalist in Mississippi, Ben’s investigations were credited with helping save the life of a white inmate who was being threatened for helping convict corrupt prison guards, free a black small farmer who was being framed for arson, and spur official investigations into law enforcement corruption.

  • Community Organizer

    As a community organizer Ben helped lead successful campaigns to abolish the death penalty for children, stop Mississippi’s governor from turning a public historically black university into a prison, and pass federal legislation against prison rape.

  • Investor for Social Change

    Ben currently works as an investor for Kapor Capital, an investment firm that invests in companies working to create progressive social change. At Kapor, Ben manages the firm’s Baltimore office where he has invested in several Maryland companies working to make our state stronger.

  • Education

    Ben is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford University and comes from a long line of activists. He is also the proud father of two children who attend public schools.

  • National President

    At age 35, Ben was named the youngest ever National President and CEO of the NAACP. During the depths of a national recession, Ben guided the NAACP through an unprecedented era of growth, nearly doubling the organization’s revenue in just five years. Online activists grew from 175,000 to more than 600,000 while donors increased from 16,000 individuals per year to more than 120,000. The NAACP’s membership increased three years consecutively for the first time in 20 years under Ben’s leadership.

  • Community Organizer

    Ben used his background as a community organizer and executive to press the NAACP forward in expanding and protecting the civil rights of all Americans. The NAACP opened national programs focused on education, health and environmental justice and worked on issues related to the economy and voting rights.

  • Tenure Programs

    Throughout his NAACP tenure, Ben worked with governors from California to Iowa, developing plans to help end mass incarceration and expand civil rights, and helped to pass numerous landmark pieces of legislation during President Obama’s first term in office.

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Ben Cardin for U.S. Senate
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A third-generation Marylander, Ben Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives. He has worked across party lines to further U.S. national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into American foreign policy efforts.

A 1967 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (1st in his class), he earned his B.A. degree in 1964 from the University of Pittsburgh (cum laude). He is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies’ National Advisory Board and the St. Mary’s College Advisory Board, Center for Study of Democracy.

Senator Cardin is married to Myrna Edelman Cardin and his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Jonathan Willis have two daughters, Madeline and Julia.

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Jesse Colvin for U.S. House, MD's 1st District
  • In His Own Words

    My family’s story in Maryland began at the Port of Baltimore in 1899 with my great-great-grandfather. He went right to work at Maryland Steel (later Bethlehem Steel) and put my family on the path towards the American Dream, founding a family business, Baltimore Paint and Color Works. The company provided jobs to over 150 Marylanders and much-needed supplies to the U.S. Navy during WW2. My family never left Maryland. Today, my parents are dedicated public servants working for the state legal system.

  • Call to Service

    My call to service begins on 9/11. I was a senior in high school and met with military recruiters that week – the first of many scares for my parents. I sensed my generation’s challenge lay in the Middle East and sought to understand the region’s languages, cultures, and politics.

  • Education

    In college, I majored in history and minored in Arabic, spending a semester in Egypt. After graduation from Duke University in 2006, I lived in Syria, where I taught English to Iraqi refugees and Syrians hoping to study in American universities. My Iraqi students blamed the U.S. government for the escalating violence in Iraq which cost many of them homes, family members, and – for some – nearly their lives. My students also held a deep respect for the American service members and diplomats they had encountered. I was against the invasion of Iraq and could see from Syria that it was going poorly. But my country needed people to step up and serve. I had a college degree, language skills, and cultural knowledge of the Arab world – who was I not to serve?

  • Legacy of Service

    Six decades earlier, my grandfather, one of my heroes, faced a similar choice. The U.S. Navy offered him two options: obtain a MBA on the Navy’s dime or ship out to the Pacific. My grandfather knew if he deployed, some other guy – who hadn’t been home in years – could return to his family. My grandfather didn’t see it as much of a choice. He married his college sweetheart, took a train to San Francisco, and shipped out to the Pacific. I saw my decision in similar terms. I chose to join the Army and serve my country in a time of need.

  • 75th Ranger Regiment

    I served for six years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer, completing four combat deployments to Afghanistan and a year forward-stationed near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea as the sole intelligence officer for an infantry unit. I am a proud graduate of the US Army’s Ranger Course, the premier leadership school in the military. I am even more honored to have served in the 75th Ranger Regiment – the Army Rangers. Rangers lead in many key roles throughout the Special Operations Forces’ (SOF) community, and I am lucky to have served and led with men and women of this caliber.

  • Combat Deployment

    As a Ranger, my four combat deployments in Afghanistan took place within a Joint Special Operations Task Force. I led intelligence teams whose work facilitated capture/kill missions of Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist leaders. I managed a lethal drone program. I ran human intelligence sources. Every day, my team and I made dozens of decisions whose outcomes carried life and death consequences for my fellow Rangers, our Afghan partners, and Afghan civilians.

  • Intelligence Services

    My intelligence teams were diverse; we had members representing every military branch, civilians, young Rangers, and seasoned contractors. Those differences made our teams better: we all believed in the mission and valued the different approaches each of us brought to a common problem. And we got results. My leadership style evolved into a very simple philosophy: the mission comes first. Then you take care of your people. And your personal interests always come last.

After the military, I utilized the GI Bill to obtain a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and went about adapting my leadership, analytical, and relationship-building skills to the business sector. For Control Risks Group, I helped clients make more informed decisions before major mergers or acquisitions. For Barclays Capital, I helped the bank root out instances of bank employees engaging in illicit or illegal activity. Most recently at Toffler Associates, a consultancy, I helped business leaders identify opportunities to create new jobs. I also led teams helping government executives identify ways to improve the efficiencies of their organizations.

I am walking away from my private sector experience with one fundamental lesson: leadership matters above all other factors, regardless of a company’s size, industry, or competition.

My wife, Jordan, and I welcomed our first child this year. We are an unusual couple in this era of vitriolic partisan politics: I am a Democrat, and she is a Republican. When it comes to politics, Jordan, a former police officer, and I share similar values and goals and sometimes differ on the path to get there.

You know what we argue about? It isn’t the federal tax code. It’s how often I take out the trash.

Jordan and I know that the values we share in common are far more important than the issues on which we may disagree. We both believe strongly in the value of public service. We believe that nearly everyone is going through a challenge – a recent layoff, a medical condition, a loved one struggling with addiction, so we all have a responsibility to leave our communities better than when we found them. As new parents, we think it is critical to give our child better opportunities than were afforded us. When we look out at today’s political landscape, we don’t see these values represented.

For those reasons, I feel called to service for the people of Maryland’s 1st Congressional District.

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Holly Wright for District 37 State Senator
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I treasure being an active member of New St. John’s United Methodist Church in Wittman, took training to become a chaplain and worked as an on-call chaplain at the hospital in Easton and the Regional Cancer Center in Easton and with the New Hope Jail Ministry at the Talbot County Detention Center. My community fund raising activities include the St. Michaels Tour of Homes, Travelling Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Lady Patriots for an all-terrain vehicle for a disabled Vet. I worked for small retail and historical tourism organizations, including the St. Michaels and Classic Motor Museums.

I have a sister and brother-in-law in St. Michaels, a daughter in Washington, D.C. and live with Peach, a yellow lab mix adopted from the Talbot Humane Society.

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I am running to provide a vision and serious leadership for the working families of the Eastern Shore whose wages are stagnant, school quality is deteriorating, and state and other retiree benefits are under attack.  Our district cannot afford to continue the tired conservative agenda of my opponent which ignores the big issues and advances a narrow agenda of tax credits for small businesses.  Your Senator ought to be able to do both.

I am motivated to improve the material lives of people by the central tenets of my faith to feed the hungry, care for the sick and those in prison.  The central tenets of Matthew 25 have been hijacked by an extreme conservative agenda breeding social intolerance and narrow litmus tests which are not central to the calling of generosity and caring for the least able in our communities.

I make my home in Talbot County after a life lived across the world in a military family. After attending college and beginning a career in health care in New York City, I moved to the Boston area to take care of my aunt who had developed advanced Alzheimer’s.

I had a 20+ year career in public health at the state and regional level in Massachusetts and New York and directed a nursing home quality assurance program that covered 40+ facilities in The Bronx New York. I worked with State Legislators throughout my career and know what it looks like when legislators  know the needs of the district and fight for them.

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Dan O'Hare for House Delegate District 37B
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He believes that if any society thinks it’s so great then it better be able to feed, house, and provide the best possible medicine for everyone. Dan thinks investing in the future requires investing in education of all people, and that saddling people with debt is inhumane. He thinks sex education should be early and often, free contraceptives should be available to whomever asks, and that neither the government nor employers should get in between a person and their doctor. Dan believes anyone who wants to leave moral and/or ethical questions up to a “free market” sacrifices all moral authority. He also believes that the relationship of money and politics is the root of most of the problems in this country.

Dan O’Hare was the first person born to permanent residents of Ocean Pines, Maryland. After high school and some college, Dan knocked around Europe for a while, then lived in Ireland as an illegal immigrant, and then spent a year as a drifter while living out of his car and seeing the USA. He settled in New York City for 14 years before heading back to the Eastern Shore, where he currently lives on 44 acres of spiders situated on the Wicomico River.

Dan is currently a Realtor, but has worked professionally as a clown, carpenter, actor, writer, cowboy, bouncer, cook, dishwasher, bartender, waiter, manager, and commercial producer. He has owned or had partnerships in 5 small businesses. Additionally, he is an independent filmmaker and documentarian, has produced theater, was an amateur baseball writer, coaches high school lacrosse, and is a judge in the Ocean City Film Festival. In his free time Dan is a gardener, responsible whiskey philosopher, bad poet, inferior fisherman, reader of books, believer in science, and inventor of religions.

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Wanda Green for Sheriff
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Wanda Green is a native of Queen Anne County. She was raised in Wye Mills, MD which is barely a stone’s throw from Talbot County, by her aunt, Susie Green, who instilled in her the values that have served as her guide throughout her career and continues to be her guide in her everyday living.  These values are integrity, compassion, working hard, and treating others with respect.

  • Deputy Sheriff

    Lieutenant Green started her career in corrections at the Talbot County Detention Center and during her time there, she was encouraged by her peers to apply to become a deputy sheriff.  Wanda decided to take a chance, so she made a decision to apply for the position and was later hired as a Deputy Sheriff of the Talbot County Sheriff Department.

  • Chaplain

    In December of 2000, Sheriff Thomas Duncan promoted Wanda to the rank of Lieutenant making her the first person to hold the rank of Lieutenant in the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure, Sheriff Dallas Pope assigned Lt. Green to the position of Patrol Commander.

Serve the public by partnering with our community, protect life and property, prevent crime and resolve problems through leadership, integrity and fairness.

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Monica ``DeeDee`` Adkins for Clerk of Court
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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. 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.

I am Monica D. Adkins and I have lived in Talbot County for 52 years.  I moved for a brief moment in time only to realize that I belong to the land of pleasant living, right here in Talbot County.  I am a wife and mother of one son and three step-daughters. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Harold for the past 14 years. He is my rock and my number one supporter.  I am an active member of Triumph Baptist Church in Easton, MD where I serve as Chairperson of the Trustee Board. As Chairperson of the Trustee Board, I am responsible for all financial matters within the church. Since I have a love for children, the young at heart, and the elderly, during my spare time I surround myself with my nieces, nephews and their children.

I am also a  compassionate person and when I am not with children, I visit with the elderly. My time of visitation with the elderly summates the quote that states, “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”

My Mission

“Provide professional and effective customer service, while making every customer important.”
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Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson for Judge for Orphans Court
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The Orphans’ Court is a continuation of the many works which Bishop Joel has have committed to as priest and bishop. It is about preserving family unity, looking after justice and equity for all, and especially for the indigent and invisible. Much of his work as bishop and in our courts was under the canon law of the Church, and the laws of the United States and the State of Maryland. There is a remarkable continuity from England’s common law to ours in Maryland. We inherited the orphans’ court from English common law, and it was a good fit for the colonies and then our new states. ‘Common’ is the operative word in Talbot, peer citizens administering Maryland’s probate work.”

  • History

    He grew up an ecumenist in Fargo, N.D., a single child whose beloved maternal grandfather, Victor Dahlgren, a physician, took him to Temple on Friday evenings and Episcopal services on Sundays. He was Jew and a Christian, and a high school senior before confirmed an Episcopalian.

    Known on the Mid-Shore for his community outreach and Hispanic ministry, Anglican Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson learned Spanish from his “assistant mother” Estrelita, who managed his grandfather’s home. His love for authentic Mexican food is undiminished.

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Phil Foster for Judge of Orphan's Court
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Phil believes that at its heart the Orphan’s court is about bringing resolution to a tragic conflict. As a trained mediator, he understands the job to be one where the goal is to get all parties in agreement of the course forward. This is a result of listening and patiently explaining as the Judge to the parties involved why the law functions the way it does. It does not have anything to do with a political party, or being partisan.

Phil grew up on the Eastern Shore, graduating from Easton High School and then went to college, law school, and was in the service. His mother was a teacher and his father was a minister, which he feels founded his desire to work in a service oriented industry.

After 15 years as a criminal prosecutor he moved to an assistant state’s attorney and then finally worked as a state’s attorney. He later went back to school to get certified in mediation first in Baltimore and then secondly at the University of Maryland. He also spent 12 years as a member of the Maryland General Assembly and is a former member of the county council.

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Peter Franchot for MD Comptroller
  • Meet Peter

    Peter Franchot was elected Maryland’s 33rd Comptroller on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. He was subsequently re-elected in 2010, and most recently in 2014, when he received more votes than any candidate for statewide office.

    Prior to his election to statewide office, Comptroller Franchot served 20 years in the Maryland General Assembly, representing the people of Montgomery County. During his time in the Maryland House of Delegates, Franchot was a member of the Appropriations Committee and served as Chairman of the Transportation & the Environment Subcommittee. There he wrote legislation to lower tuition at our 2 and 4 year colleges and universities and fought for increased funding for education at every level. He became a leading defender of our environment, preserving the Chesapeake Bay and co-authored a Constitutional amendment to protect Maryland’s public parks. He fought to raise the state’s minimum wage, to increase access to health care and passed legislation that returned over $500 million to Maryland homeowners.

    As Comptroller, Peter Franchot has been an independent, fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of Maryland. As a member of the powerful Board of Public Works and Vice-Chair of the State Retirement Board, Franchot works tirelessly to keep Maryland competitive in the knowledge-based economy, create a climate of economic equality and protect the state’s natural resources. He is a leading opponent of expanded gambling and its negative effects on Maryland’s economy and quality of life.

    In his role as the state’s chief fiscal officer and Maryland’s regulator of alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel, Comptroller Franchot has cracked down on tax cheats, cigarette smugglers and illegal alcohol and motor fuel sales. He has closed corporate tax loopholes, launched the first-in-the-nation program to ensure that federal contractors are paying their fair share in State taxes and has sought statewide compliance with Maryland’s minority business enterprise participation goals. He has also been a leader in the fight to invest State resources in cost effective, environmentally-friendly “green” technologies, and the preservation of pristine parks and open space.

    Comptroller Franchot attended Amherst College (B.A., 1973) and Northeastern School of Law (J.D., 1978). He served in the United States Army, from 1968 to 1970. Peter is married to Anne Maher, a lawyer, and they have two children, Abigail and Nick. Peter and Anne live in Takoma Park, Maryland

Peter Franchot has a record that all Marylanders can be proud of. Whether it’s ensuring his office is providing first-class customer service to Maryland taxpayers, going after tax cheats and fraudsters, supporting transparency and accountability in government, or promoting policies that strengthen our economic future, Peter has always put the interests of Marylanders ahead of political party. It’s the kind of leadership that Marylanders expect and deserve from their elected officials, and the kind of leadership that Peter will continue to provide as Comptroller.

Over the course of his tenure, Peter has led the fight against accruing more debt and irresponsible, wasteful spending – which compromise the state’s credit worthiness and ultimately leads to higher state spending and taxes.

As a member of the state’s Board of Public Works, Peter unapologetically speaks out against wasteful expenditures of taxpayer dollars. Since joining the Board in 2007, Comptroller Franchot has voted against 67 contracts worth more than $1 billion that he deemed to be fiscally irresponsible and not in the best interest of Maryland taxpayers. Additionally, Peter has exercised his oversight responsibilities by speaking out and opposing single-bid and single-sourced contracts that discourage competition, transparency, and accountability. Thanks to the Peter’s efforts, there was a 46% reduction in single-bid contracts from 54 in 2012 to 29 in 2016. To even the playing field in Maryland’s procurement system, Peter has paved the way for minority-owned and women-owned enterprises to have a fair shot at competing and receiving contracts from the state. Since 2007, the number of state contract awards to MBEs and WBEs has increased from $1 billion ten years ago to over $2 billion today.

In his own agency, Peter has worked to find ways to cut costs while not compromising first-class taxpayer service. During Peter’s tenure, he has made a series of reforms to Maryland’s purchasing card program to maximize taxpayer savings, resulting in rebates totaling $47.2 million, and thanks to Peter’s leadership, over 95% of Marylanders now file their tax returns electronically through the state’s free and secure tax filing system. The reduction in paper tax return processing has increased efficiency, thereby allowing our agency to process taxpayer refunds in three business days, increasing accuracy, and saving the taxpayers $2 per electronic return filed.

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Your 2018 Talbot County Council Candidates

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