Van Hollen, Raskin Win!

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John Sarbanes and John Delaney also win as Democrats roll statewide

Election Night 2016-0116 editedJamie Raskin celebrates his win in the race for Congressional District 8. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

Montgomery County voters overwhelmingly backed all available Democratic congressional candidates Tuesday, turning out strong for Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen, Reps. John Sarbanes (D-3) and John Delaney (D-6) and Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

Next door in Prince George’s County, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) resurrected his political career two years after losing the 2014 gubernatorial race by winning the open fourth congressional district.

Van Hollen won 74.8 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts counted, Sarbanes won 72.4 percent of the vote with 92 percent of the precincts counted, Delaney won 68.5 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts counted and Raskin won 74 percent of the vote with 98 percent of the precincts counted.


Raskin's victory leads state's progressive charge

Jamie Raskin  Paul Schwartz-0370Newly-elected Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) and Paul K. Schwartz. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

It has been a very long journey to win the District 8 Congressional seat, but that quest came to a successful end on Tuesday night for State Senator Jamie Raskin. The journey began when incumbent Congressman Chris Van Hollen decided to vacate his Congressional seat in favor of a run for the Senate seat held by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Both candidates are celebrating today with their impressive victories. Each candidate received more than 70 percent of the Montgomery County vote in their respective election victories.


Raskin and Cox make last pitches to 8th district voters

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Raskin  Cox 2016Congressional District 8 candidates Jamie Raskin (left) and Dan Cox (right). COURTESY PHOTOS

BETHESDA – In between his law classes at American University, state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) introduced himself to voters at Bethesda’s Metro station as the Democratic nominee for the eighth congressional district.

Meanwhile, Republican nominee Dan Cox, a Frederick County lawyer, spent his final hours before the election crisscrossing between Frederick, Montgomery and Carroll counties as a final push before polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.


Green Party nominee Jill Stein rallies at UMD

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COLLEGE PARK – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka told several hundred people at a campaign rally Sunday they had more options than the major party nominees.

 “You are what democracy looks like UMD,” Stein shouted to an audience of several hundred, populated largely by University of Maryland students. “We are in the middle of a mobilization that puts people, peace, and plant over profit.”


Five Reasons Why I Am Running To Be Your Congressman

The Olympics just ended, and if you watched like we did you heard the Maya Angelou poem on commercial breaks, “We are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike.” That is true for Congressional District 8 as well, for in our diversity we are united and share similar desires and needs.

For instance, as parents who just returned from dropping our sophomore off at college, Valerie and I identify with every parent who believes their child can accomplish great things. 

We all want the next generation to believe that they have a great purpose, to do good things in our country and world. We want them to hope, believe, dream, work hard and aspire to accomplish goals.

All this is our common interest, yet it is not guaranteed. Without freedom, the human condition goes dry.

That is why I am running to fill the open seat in Congress in Maryland's District 8 and I am asking for your vote.


By the cold light of day


Jamie Raskin

The 2016 Maryland primary is history and we may in fact be tempted to look back on this moment some 20 years from now as a turning point in the electoral process.

In the U.S. Senate race between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards we had two elected officials with track records running for the seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

In the 8th Congressional race we stared into the abyss of an election that at the moment is being vilified as the most expensive congressional primary  race in U.S. history.

It appears the cold light of reality is providing some warmth for those who profess to still have faith in the system.


Raskin Wins!

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Most expensive congressional primary in history won by local legislator

DSC 8724State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) is surrounded by well-wishers as he celebrates his Democratic primary victory for Congress. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

SILVER SPRING – State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) was a $10 million underdog.

Now the progressive legislator is one step closer to Congress after he won the Democratic primary for the  8th congressional district Tuesday night.

“My voice is tired tonight,” Raskin said at the Silver Spring Civic Center. “But my heart is on fire.”

Raskin won with the district with 37.97 percent of the vote, earning 35,982 votes. He placed third in Frederick and Carroll counties but overwhelmed his opposition in Montgomery.


GOP candidates for 8th District make their stands

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The GOP candidates running to for the 8th Congressional District have taken their stands after the congressional debate hosted by The Montgomery County Sentinel Newspapers.

From choosing between McCartney or Lennon to voter fraud, the candidates answered how they plan to reach out “across the aisle” to the majority-Democratic voters.


Chinese-American group sponsors District 8 debate

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This past Saturday evening the Coordination Council of Chinese-American Associations sponsored a Congressional candidate forum among candidates vying for the soon to be vacated District 8 Congressional seat of senatorial candidate Chris Van Hollen.

The participants included eight Democrats and two Republicans. Senator Jamie Raskin, Kathleen Matthews, Joel Rubin, David Anderson, David Trone, Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, Delegate Kumar Barve and Will Jawando were the participating Democrats. Elizabeth Matory and Jeffrey Jones were the participating Republicans.


Republican candidates for Dist. 8 Congressional seat debate

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GOP Debate 1Republican candidates Liz Matory, Jeff Jones, Shelly Skolnick and Aryeh Shudofsky took part in a debate for the 8th Congressional District on Monday night. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

ROCKVILLE – How does a Republican win in Montgomery County, where all of the County Council members, state legislators and congressional members are Democrats?

On Monday night, four of the five candidates running for the Republican nomination in the 8th Congressional District faced off in a debate hosted by the Montgomery County Sentinel at the Executive Office Building.

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