Don’t miss your chance to meet the candidates
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.