Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pat Baptiste for Council At-Large, 1998

If we made a list of the heaviest hitters in MoCo politics who have never been elected to federal, state or county office, it would have to include Pat Baptiste. Baptiste is a former Planning Board Member and municipal board member of Chevy Chase Village who has been active in county affairs for decades. She made two runs for County Council: once for an at-large seat in 1998, and once for the District 1 seat in a 2000 special election. She lost the 1998 race to Steve Silverman by just 640 votes. (County history would have been very different had that election gone the other way.) We reprint Baptiste's 1998 walk piece below.