Friday, July 02, 2010

Progressive Maryland Announces More Endorsements

Progressive Maryland (PM) has announced a new list of endorsements, which joins its early endorsements released in May. The organization will be making one more round of endorsements before the primary, which will include the Montgomery County Council races. A candidate must receive support from two-thirds of PM's board to be endorsed.

Here's the big news in MoCo: PM picked challenger Roger Manno over incumbent District 19 Senator Mike Lenett despite the fact that Lenett has been endorsed by three of PM's biggest members: the teachers, SEIU and the Carpenters. We hear the debate over this endorsement was VERY contentious. PM's support for District 14 challenger Karen Montgomery over incumbent Senator Rona Kramer was a given. PM is sitting out the Senate races in District 17 (Forehand-Kagan) and District 39 (King-Ali) because no candidate could get two-thirds support. In House District 19, PM went for Bonnie Cullison, Jay Hutchins and Sam "Hunk of the Hill" Arora. In House District 39, open seat candidate Shane Robinson won support, adding to his growing list of endorsements. In most other races, PM stuck with the incumbents (other than in House 17, where they supported no one).

Following is PM's press release.

News Release

July 1, 2010
Contact: Rion Dennis, Progressive Maryland, 301.437.9006

Progressive Maryland Announces Second Round of Candidates Who Earn its Endorsement in 2010 Election

PM vows maximal effort to elect these “Champions of Working Families”

Silver Spring, July 1. Progressive Maryland (PM) today announced its second round of endorsed candidates for federal, state and local office for the 2010 elections. With 15,000 individual members and supporters as well as dozens of organizational affiliates, PM is the strongest pro-working families’ advocacy group in the state. PM gets vigorously involved in elections to help elect its endorsed candidates and defeat opponents. In the 2006 election, more than 90 of its endorsed candidates won.

“Thursday, our board of directors reviewed the records and questionnaire responses of dozens of candidates who seek our endorsement,” said Elbridge James, PM’s President. “It takes a two-thirds supermajority vote of our Board to get PM’s endorsement, so our endorsed candidates are truly Champions of Working Families.”

“PM will now mobilize our members from all over the state as well as dozens of affiliates and knock on thousands of doors to elect this progressive slate,” said Rion Dennis, PM Acting Executive Director. “We are focused especially on improving the state Senate, where too many pro-working family reforms have died over the past four years.”

Progressive Maryland will be making another round of endorsements before the September 14th primaries and another round before the General Election.

Here are all the endorsements including the 25 new incumbents and candidates (in bold) winning Progressive Maryland’s 2010 endorsement as of July 1:

Federal Incumbents Running for Re-Election

Senator Barbara Mikulski

Representative C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, MD-2

Representative John Sarbanes, MD-3

Representative Donna Edwards, MD-4

Representative Steny Hoyer, MD-5

Representative Elijah Cummings, MD-7

Representative Chris Van Hollen, MD-8

General Assembly Delegates Running for State Senate

Delegate Karen Montgomery for Senator in District 14

Delegate Roger Manno in District 19

Delegate Joanne Benson for Senator in District 24

General Assembly Incumbents Running for Re-election

Delegate Adrienne Jones, District 10

Delegate Jon Cardin, District 11

Delegate Elizabeth Bobo, District 12B

Delegate Shane Pendergrass, District 13

Delegate Frank Turner, District 13

Delegate Anne Kaiser, District 14

Senator Rob Garagiola, District 15

Delegate Kathleen Dumais, District 15

Delegate Brian Feldman, District 15

Senator Brian Frosh, District 16

Delegate Bill Frick, District 16

Delegate Susan Lee, District 16

Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, District 18

Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher, District 18

Senator Jamie Raskin, District 20

Delegate Sheila Hixson, District 20

Delegate Tom Hucker, District 20

Delegate Heather Mizeur, District 20

Senator Jim Rosapepe, District 21

Delegate Ben Barnes, District 21

Delegate Barbara Frush, District 21

Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, District 21

Senator Paul Pinsky, District 22

Delegate Anne Healey, District 22

Delegate Tawanna Gaines, District 22

Delegate Justin Ross, District 22

Senator Douglas Peters, District 23

Delegate James Hubbard, District 23A

Delegate Aisha Braveboy, District 25

Delegate Veronica Turner, District 26

Delegate Kris Valderrama, District 26

Delegate James Proctor, District 27A

Delegate Joseph Vallario, District 27A

Delegate Charles Barkley, District 39

Delegate Kirill Reznik, District 39

Delegate Shawn Tarrant, District 40

Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, District 41

Delegate Maggie McIntosh, District 43

Delegate Pete Hammen, District 46

Delegate Doyle Niemann, District 47

Delegate Jolene Ivey, District 47

General Assembly Challengers

Ryan Trout for Delegate in District 4A

James “Ward” Morrow for Delegate in District 7

Mary Ann Maher for Delegate in District 9A

Eric Luedtke for Delegate in District 14

Craig Zucker for Delegate in District 14

Bonnie Cullison for Delegate in District 19

Jay Hutchins for Delegate in District 19

Sam Arora for Delegate in District 19

Nicole Williams for Delegate in District 23A

Greg Hall for Delegate in District 24

Stan Janor for Delegate in District 31

Shane Robinson for Delegate in District 39

Lori Albin for Delegate in District 42

Mary Washington for Delegate in District 43

Luke Clippenger for Delegate in District 46

Ann Arundel County Offices

Chris Trumbauer for County Council District 6

Howard County Offices

Jen Terrasa for County Council District 3

Prince George’s County Offices

Rushern Baker for County Executive

Sam Epps for County Council District 1

Will Campos for County Council District 2

Eric Olsen for County Council District 3

Karen Toles for County Council District 7

Obie Patterson for County Council District 8

Mel Franklin for County Council District 9

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