Political Notes: 6th District Fundraising, Popular GOP Governors, Endorsements Galore
Lorig Charkoudian, a professional mediator who is seeking a House of Delegates seat in District 20, which covers Takoma Park and Silver Spring, has been endorsed by the district’s departing legislator, longtime Del. Sheila Ellis Hixson. “I place great stock in long term community involvement and experience in the political realm,” said Hixson, who has served in the legislature for 42 years. “Lorig, I know, has worked on many legislative initiatives in Annapolis, and as a result, she understands the legislative process and how to get things done.” Incumbent Dels. David Moon and Jheanelle K. Wilkins are seeking reelection, and four other Democrats are also running. Vaughn Stewart, one of six nonincumbents running for the House of Delegates in District 19, racked up an endorsement from former state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) this week. “He has an impressive amount of experience and is passionate about serving his community,” Gansler said. Besides the six non-incumbents, Dels. Bonnie Cullison and Marice I. Morales are seeking the Democratic nomination. The third delegate, Benjamin F. Kramer (D), is running for state Senate. Leslie Milano, one of eight Democrats running for the House in the District 18, picked up the endorsement of former Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) over the weekend. “Leslie’s focus on transit, walkable, sustainable communities and solar energy will make her a leader in efforts to protect our environment and our planet. She understands good environmental policy is good for the economy. She knows Maryland can be a leader in making alternate energy an important part of our economy,” Glendening said. Milano is one of seven non-incumbents running in the primary, along with Del. Alfred C. Carr Jr. If Milano’s endorsement from Glendening isn’t making you nostalgic, Jordan Cooper, one of six nonincumbents running for a House seat in District 16, has rolled out endorsements from Glendening, Gansler, former Gov. Harry Hughes (D), and former Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg (D). The incumbents in the Democratic primary are Dels. Ariana B. Kelly and Marc Korman. Days after Montgomery County Councilman Sidney Katz released a list of endorsements from half the current and former elected officials in the county – OK, it may have just seemed that way – his Democratic primary challenger, Ben Shnider, announced Monday that he has been endorsed by Rockville City Councilwoman Virginia Onley and former Gaithersburg City Councilwoman Yvette Monroe.