Raskin, Brown win Mary­land Demo­cratic pri­maries


Cap­i­tal News Ser­vice

— A pair of long­time Mary­land politi­cians — former Lt. Gov. An­thony Brown and State Sen. Jamie Raskin — de­feated sev­eral strong chal­lengers to be­come the Demo­cratic nom­i­nees for the 4th and 8th U.S. Con­gres­sional Dis­tricts, re­spec­tively.

U.S. Reps. Donna Ed­wards from the 4th District and Chris Van Hollen in the 8th re­signed their po­si­tions in the U.S. House to duel for the seat of Demo­cratic Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski, who is re­tir­ing at the end of her term.

Van Hollen late Tues­day night was the win­ner of that con­test.

The 8th Con­gres­sional District, a con­tentious race among nine Demo­cratic can­di­dates vy­ing for Van Hollen’s va­cancy, wit­nessed per­haps the high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion and money poured into a Demo­cratic pri­mary race.

State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Mont­gomery) was the win­ner of this con­test late Tues­day night.

“My voice is tired tonight but my heart is on fire,” Raskin said late Tues­day even­ing to a crowd of cheer­ing sup­port­ers in Sil­ver Spring. “We raised more than $2 mil­lion ... 80 per­cent of the con­tri­bu­tions com­ing from amounts of $100 or less.”

Chal­lenger David Trone — the owner of To­tal Wine & More, a chain of wine su­per­stores — fun­neled $12 mil­lion into his cam­paign, shat­ter­ing the record for the most money a can­di­date for the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has ever put into his or her own po­lit­i­cal bid, ac­cord­ing to The Washington Post.

Trone faced stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Raskin and Kath­leen Matthews, a 25-year re­porter and later a cor­po­rate spokes­woman who re­ceived the en­dorse­ment of


The Washington Post edi­to­rial board. Matthews was ex­pected to fin­ish in third place late Tues­day night.

Josh Kurtz, an an­a­lyst with the Cen­ter Mary­land po­lit­i­cal news site, said ear­lier Tues­day that each can­di­date in the 8th District could win de­pend­ing on the turnout. Raskin, Kurtz said, was ex­pected to pre­vail if voter turnout was filled with party-line Democrats.

Gina An­gi­ola, a 52-yearold re­tired physi­cian from Ol­ney, said she sup­ported Raskin be­cause of his years of fight­ing for his con­stituents in the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly.

“Public ser­vice is not some­thing that can be bought — it’s got to be earned,” said An­gi­ola, who was elec­tion­eer­ing for Raskin Tues­day at Spring­brook High School in Mont­gomery County. “When you have some­one like him with a record of public ser­vice, that counts.”

In the race for the 4th District to re­place Ed­wards, one­time Demo­cratic can­di­date for Mary­land gover­nor An­thony Brown fended off con­tenders State Del­e­gate Jose­line Peña-Mel­nyk — who was en­dorsed by The Washington Post — and former Prince Ge­orge’s County State’s At­tor­ney Glenn Ivey. Other Demo­cratic can­di­dates — all of whom drew rel­a­tively few votes — in­cluded Ter­ence Strait, Matthew Fogg and War­ren Christo­pher.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of re­sources,” Brown told sup­port­ers af­ter he was de­clared the win­ner Tues­day night, “but we had the power of the peo­ple.”

Brown noted that “this isn’t over, (and) we’ve got some work to do” be­fore he takes on Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Dan Cox in Novem­ber.

Peña-Mel­nyk’s strong ad­vo­cacy for lib­eral causes is the main rea­son why Ben Si­masek, a 28- year- old in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist for the fed­eral govern­ment, said he de­cided to sup­port the her bid against Brown and Ivey.

“She’s sup­port­ing the fight for (the $15 min­i­mum wage), she’s sup­port­ing a woman’s right to choose, (she’s) pro­tect­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity,” Si­masek said, “and pretty much pro­vid­ing a very strong pro­gres­sive al­ter­na­tive to the con­ser­va­tive at­tacks on the mid­dle class and the poor.”

If Peña-Mel­nyk won, she would have been the first Do­mini­can Amer­i­can in Congress, said her cam­paign’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Michelle Gar­cía. How­ever, af­ter Peña-Mel­nyk’s strong start against Brown and Ivey ear­lier in the day, she dropped into third place later in the night.

“(Peña-Mel­nyk) de­fied the odds. Usu­ally, it’s a man’s job. The po­lit­i­cal world, it’s a man’s ca­reer. It’s just amaz­ing that be­ing a woman and a woman of color that she’s com­pet­ing with all men,” said Dalena Gar­cía, 15, Michelle’s daugh­ter.

In Mary­land, Democrats out­num­ber Repub­li­cans 2 to 1. But that didn’t stop some Repub­li­cans from jump­ing into the race.

Among Repub­li­cans in the 4th District, Ge­orge McDer­mott won over fel­low GOP can­di­dates Robert “Bro” Broadus, Rob Buck and David Ther­rien.

Dan Cox — the win­ner on Tues­day night —Jef­fery Jones, Liz Ma­tory, Aryeh Shud­of­sky and Shelly Skol­nick were the five can­di­dates spar­ring to se­cure their party’s nom­i­na­tion in the 8th Con­gres­sional Dis- trict.

As ex­pected, in­cum­bent can­di­dates Demo­cratic can­di­dates C.A. “Dutch” Rup­pers­berger — who ran un­op­posed, John Sar­banes, Steny H. Hoyer, John K. De­laney and Eli­jah Cummings clinched five of the re­main­ing six con­gres­sional dis­tricts. Repub­li­can in­cum­bent can­di­date Andy Har­ris claimed vic­tory in the 1st Con­gres­sional District.


State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Mont­gomery) speaks at a press con­fer­ence in An­napo­lis last month an­nounc­ing his mea­sure to le­gal­ize mar­i­juana in Mary­land.


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