Earlier today, I joined Delegate Ariana Kelly and Delegate Sara Love to file for re-election. We plan to run as a team along with State Senator Susan Lee. I hope we can earn your support for four more years. As always, you can keep up with what I am doing by following me at @mkorman on Twitter or by clicking "Like" on Delegate Marc Korman on Facebook.
Re-Election Here is the press release the team issued today:
As Chair of the Montgomery County House Delegation—the 24 Delegates who represent parts of Montgomery County—I want to share the dates of our annual fall meetings. Every year, we have a joint meeting with the Department of Transportation; have an open session where community members can tell us their priorities; and hold bill hearings on legislation that only impacts Montgomery County. More information on how to tune in or testify will be posted at www.montgomerycountydelegation.com/calendar in the weeks ahead.
After a virtual July 4th in 2020, it was terrific to see so many of you while I was out and about with the District 16 Team and my family on July 4th. As we open back up and reconnect in person, it is easy to try and disregard the last year plus as an anomalous time in our lives that we will tell our grand children about. But I hope we take some lessons from the past year including the mundane—like washing our hands—to the more significant, like the value of government during critical times. In particular, the federal government stepping up as the economy began to freeze made a huge difference in people's lives. Whatever the next black swan event is, I hope we remember the lessons from this one.
Thank you to so many of you who supported my recent campaign event. The Democratic Primary is a little more than a year from now and if you were unable to attend the event but would like to ensure I have the resources to continue as your state Delegate, please contribute if you are able: http://www.marckorman.com/contribute
With the 2021 legislative session now in the rear view mirror, I have been spending a lot of time talking to people about the work we did (more on that below) and what constituents want us to continue to make progress on in the future. My team—the hardest working nine and four year olds in Maryland—are also out most weekends sharing my constituent service guide and talking about the District 16 Team.
Thank you to so many of you who attended my virtual fundraiser a few weeks ago. If you would like to support my campaign before the legislative session begins--and fundraising is prohibited--please go to http://www.marckorman.com/contribute. Thank you for your support!
Before we get to this month's update, I hope you will consider attending my virtual campaign event on Wednesday, November 18th at 7pm. We will be joined—via Zoom—by Senator Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones. Visit http://www.marckorman.com/contribute to learn more.
It's hard to believe but the Montgomery County House and Senate Delegation is turning its attention to the 2021 legislative session. We have the annual presentation with the Maryland Department of Transportation; the Joint Priorities Hearing where County residents can tell us their priorities; and hearings on bills that only affect Montgomery County. All of these meetings will be virtual this year.
I recently had the opportunity to discuss a variety of Maryland political issues on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5. Listen to it here.
P.S. Last month I provided thorough information about the unusual voting process for the upcoming election. You can read that update here. The Montgomery County Board of Elections has also announced the locations and timing of its ballot drop box program.
The 2020 General Election will be dramatic in a scope similar to the first election after 9/11 or the 1864 election during the Civil War. Because of COVID-19, as well as more familiar partisanship and conspiracy theories, it will be an unusual election. Details are still being finalized, but the current plan for the November election is that unlike the primary this year, you will not automatically receive a ballot in the mail. Furthermore, more polling places will be open on election day itself than during the primary, with county high schools serving as voting centers. Early voting will occur at the county's designated early voting centers from October 29 to November 3. Finally, every active voter will receive an application to request a mail (sometimes called no fault absentee) ballot. Whatever you think of this structure of the election, you can and should be prepared to ensure your vote is counted. And by far, the best and safest way to vote is by mail (sometimes referred to as no fault absentee).