Yesterday, we wrapped up our Maryland Primary campaign, which was both sweet and bitter. We shared in the joy of electing Jamie Raskin the next Congressman from the 8th district, and we shared the sadness of defeat in the races to elect Donna Edwards and Joseline Pena-Melnyk. We congratulate all our endorsed candidates for engaging in the incredibly difficult work of running for office.
I am so proud of DC for Democracy for being a visible part of these campaigns, all of which were groundbreaking and expanded the progressive movement in Maryland. DC4D recruited at least 26 volunteers who knocked on doors or made phone calls for our candidates, proving we don’t just “tweet the tweet,” we walk the walk.
Special recognition goes to Jonathan Silverman, our Membership Chair, who served as our de facto Maryland Field Director. Jonathan put in more time than anybody else into these campaigns, played an instrumental role in organizing volunteers to campaign in Virginia, and was by and large, DC4D’s face in Maryland. Jerry Clark would be so proud of Jonathan!
I am thrilled that we helped elect Jamie Raskin to the US Congress. On multiple occasions, Jamie recognized the contribution DC4D made to his campaign. In Jamie we have an exceptional progressive who is principled and passionate, yet works with people of different beliefs to get things done. He will be a major force in getting money out of politics and pushing for public financing of campaigns at the national level.
Jamie made this commitment in writing: “If I am elected to Congress from the 8th Congressional District in Maryland, I will go to the U.S. House as a passionate champion for complete political democracy, equal rights and statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”
Jamie, we’ll be counting on you!