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McNulty Seeks Gaithersburg Council Seat

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Gaithersburg Govt logoGAITHERSBURG — City Council hopeful Jim McNulty says his commitment to public service began after the Montgomery County Police saved his life in 2010.

A longtime media producer, McNulty was working at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring when he and two others were taken hostage at gunpoint. The hostage-taker, John Jay Lee, was eventually fatally shot by the SWAT team.

"That brush with my mortality gave me a newfound perspective on what is truly important in life," McNulty said.  He subsequently founded The Upper Room, a support group for veterans and victims of violent crime who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He joined Gaithersburg's Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee and was elected president of the Saybrooke Homeowner's Association.

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Trone speaks at local BBQ on his new bid for Congress

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David TroneDavid Trone speaks at a Smokey Glen Barbecue. PHOTO BY CAROLYN KOMATSOULIS   At a barbecue at Smokey Glen to promote his run for the 6th congressional district, David Trone called to mind his simple farm beginnings and progressive ideas in the hopes of his message resonating with Maryland voters.

“You know I’m in a farm, we learned a couple of things, most important thing is hard work,” said Trone. “What we do on that farm, whether it was shoveling chicken manure, literally 13 tons of manure every day, that would be good practice in Washington.”

“We also did a lot of time feeding hogs. That could be good practice in Washington too,” said Trone.

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Bernie supports a Jealous vote

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Though Gov. Larry Hogan says he did not vote for President Trump, Ben Jealous, a progressive candidate and former NAACP president, is trying to turn his campaign for governor in 2018 into a referendum on the two Republicans.

“We are a great state with a great future with great people, but our children will not be able to realize their full potential if we continue to tolerate the status quo,” said Jealous.

Hogan is popular in the state, but certainly not among progressive voters in Takoma Park, many of whom were drawn to Bernie Sanders’ appearance at the rally. Trump, however, is not as popular in Maryland, and Jealous is ready to capitalize on that.

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Ficker does about face on running for office

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Robin FickerRobin Ficker will run for local office in 2018. FILE PHOTO

Former state Del. Robin Ficker (R) is running in 2018 for... something.

Exactly what that something is, the Boyds attorney wouldn't say Friday when he declared his intention to run for local office in two years, only ruling out a return to the state legislature. He lost a run for state Senate in 2014.

"I'm going to run for County office," he said.

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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.

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Van Hollen disses on Trump while on the stump

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Van Hollen with CardinSen. Ben Cardin, left, shows his support for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, right, during a rally in Silver Spring.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

SILVER SPRING – Fresh from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Senate candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) rallied with supporters at the Silver Spring Civic Center Sunday and criticized real estate mogul Donald Trump (R).

Much of Van Hollen’s speech focused on the presidential election rather than his own Senate campaign.

“As President Obama said, anything is possible unless we make it impossible,” Van Hollen said.

“And that is the possibility that Donald Trump could be President of the United States. It sounds like a crazy idea, we all know everything that Donald Trump has said, but here’s our message to you, all of you and the American people have to make sure that’s a crazy idea by going out and voting in historic numbers and defeating Donald Trump.”

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Slithering back from the far right

In last week's column, we provided some lessons to be learned for the running for president in 2016.  However, there are also some lessons to be learned that Republican candidates may wish to consider as they try to make their way to the White House.  From the looks of the current Republican crop of candidates, and there are many, there are several important lessons from past campaigns.  The most important lesson is probably that the farther right you go to curry favor with the right wing of the party, the further you have to go to slither your way back to the center during the general election.  If these candidates learned one thing from Mitt Romney's failed presidential bid, it should have been that it is extremely difficult to get back to center after months of moving to the far right and still maintain any semblance of credibility. Certainly, in the age of cell phone cameras, consistency of message is the only protection against the flip-flopping accusations that haunted the Romney campaign.

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Facing an uphill battle

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jim shalleckGetting his message to the people has been an uphill challenge for James Shalleck, a Gaithersburg attorney who’s taking on Ike Leggett for Montgomery County Executive.

The former Bronx, N.Y. DA who prosecuted David Berkowitz – the infamous Son of Sam killer – said running as a Republican is difficult in this county, but he’s still optimistic and incredibly inspired. Shalleck said he’s happy about how the race is going so far, and he loves the way Republicans are working together.

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