Don’t miss your chance to meet the can­di­dates

The Calvert Recorder - - Community Forum -

In ex­actly one month and a day, it’ll be Elec­tion Day. And in just a few weeks, we’ll be in the midst of the early vot­ing pe­riod for the gen­eral elec­tion.

This sum­mer, we saw a very quiet cam­paign for such a busy lo­cal bal­lot, but it has picked up steam over the past cou­ple of weeks with a num­ber of can­di­date fo­rums — and five more are yet to come.

The first of these fo­rums sched­uled for the com­ing weeks is this Wed­nes­day, Oct. 10, start­ing at 7 p.m. at the Dunkirk Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. The Dunkirk Area Con­cerned Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion in­vites the pub­lic to hear from can­di­dates run­ning for the Calvert County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers.

The very next night, Oct. 11, an­other fo­rum in­volv­ing Calvert can­di­dates is planned. Calvert’s League of Women Vot­ers chap­ter will start the event with a can­di­date meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. at the St. John Vianney Fam­ily Life Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick. This one is for state del­e­gate, Se­nate and U.S. House can­di­dates. Del. Ger­ald W. “Jerry” Clark (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) is in­vited to face off against Demo­cratic chal­lenger Ju­lia Ni­chols, along with Del. Michael Jack­son (D-Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s) and chal­lenger Michael Thomas (R) and Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert) and op­po­nent Ja­son Fowler (D).

We will have a new state se­na­tor for Dis­trict 29, after Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) lost in the June pri­mary elec­tion. Can­di­dates Jack Bai­ley (R) and Thomas Brewer (D) are ex­pected to take ques­tions that night. Mean­while, Re­pub­li­can Jesse Peed is ex­pected to take on Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s) at the fo­rum in a de­bate-like set­ting Peed has been re­quest­ing of the Dis­trict 27 se­na­tor for many weeks now.

Also planned for that fo­rum in Prince Fred­er­ick are can­di­dates for the Dis­trict 5 seat in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives: Re­pub­li­can Wil­liam Devine, Green Party can­di­date Pat El­der and Lib­er­tar­ian Ja­cob Pulcher. The in­cum­bent, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th), was not ex­pected to at­tend.

The Calvert LWV also plans to host a Tues­day, Oct. 16, fo­rum for North Beach may­oral can­di­dates Mike Ben­ton and Randy Hum­mel, both cur­rent coun­cil­men who an­nounced they would seek the of­fice of mayor after Mark Frazer opted not to seek re-elec­tion. The town coun­cil slate is un­con­tested. That fo­rum starts with a net­work­ing ses­sion at 6:30 p.m. at town hall.

The league al­ready held its fo­rum for lo­cal county races Oct. 4. Our cov­er­age of that fo­rum, fea­tur­ing can­di­dates for reg­is­ter of wills, sher­iff, county com­mis­sioner and or­phans’ court, will be avail­able in our Wed­nes­day, Oct. 10, print edi­tion as well as on­line.

Fi­nally, there will be two more chances to meet and learn more about the po­si­tions of some of this elec­tion’s county com­mis­sion­ers’ can­di­dates. On Mon­day, Oct. 15, the Sus­tain­able Calvert Net­work will host a fo­rum for com­mis­sion­ers’ can­di­dates start­ing at 6 p.m. at the fair­grounds. Then on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, the Calvert County Re­pub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee will host a “speed date”-style fo­rum with Re­pub­li­can can­di­dates for lo­cal and state of­fices, start­ing at 6:30 p.m. at North Beach Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. At that fo­rum, vot­ers will sit eight to a roundtable and can­di­dates will visit each table for seven min­utes, an­swer­ing vot­ers’ ques­tions.

So as you can see, the po­lit­i­cal sea­son is ripe. Check out as many of these fo­rums as you like, read our com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of them on­line and in print in The Calvert Recorder, and then, most im­por­tantly, vote on Nov. 6. If you can’t wait, then cast your bal­lot dur­ing early vot­ing from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1.

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