Candidate forums are starting to kick off…here is one I thought I would put out to my readers: The Ellicott City & Western Howard Democratic Club will hold a Candidate Forum on February 6th. Here is information via an email I received:

Candidates Forum February 6, 2018

Ellicott City & Western Howard Democratic Club’s first candidate forum is scheduled for February 6.  The long range weather forecast looks good with no snow predicted (as of today).  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.  We have invited the following candidates to speak:

State Senator Candidates in Districts 9 & 12 

State Delegate Candidates in 9A, 9B & 12 

County Council Candidates in Districts 1,2 & 5 

County Executive Candidates

Central Committee Candidates who have filed by Feb. 1

Club members will have the opportunity to ask questions of candidates in the contested races so come prepared to get your questions answered.  

Please bring a light snack to share.

Remember in order to be able to vote at the endorsement meeting in April you will need to be a paid member by March 6 and have attended a meeting in January, February or March.

I look forward to seeing everyone on February 6.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:15 – 6:45 PM Social
6:45 – 7 PM Club Business
7 – 8:35 PM Candidates Forum
Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Dr,
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Candidates Forum

Based on the email above, I am not sure if this forum is open to the public or only open to club members. I will be sure to reach out and find out for you (watch for updates to this post in the near future). Update: “The forum is open to everyone. Only club members will be able to vote on endorsements in April. ”
Here are some of the candidates that may attend the forum on February 6th:

State Senate District 9

Katie Fry Hester

Candidate for Maryland Senate

District 9





State Delegate District 9A

Natalie Ziegler


State Delegate District 9B

Dan Medinger

Twitter @DanielMedinger 

Courtney Watson


Twitter: courtneywatson1


County Executive

Calvin Ball

Twitter: #Calvin4OurFuture

Harry Dunbar

P. O. BOX 6423, Columbia, MD, 21045



County Council District 1

Jon Weinstein


County Council District 2

Opel Jones


County Council District 5

China Williams

Other candidates that will / should be invited include:

Before I get beat up for only listing the male HCDCC candidates…as of this post there are no female candidates that have filed with the Board of Elections and the email above stated “Central Committee Candidates who have filed by Feb. 1”.
Other upcoming forums listed in the email are:

Columbia Democratic Club District 3 Candidate Mixer & Forum
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center 6030 Tamar Drive, Columbia

The Thurgood Marshal Democratic Club Candidates Forum will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Tamar Room (Lower Level, pass Celebration Church) 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia, MD 21045 at the Long Reach Village Center.

I will try and keep up with the various forums happening around Howard County…but I know I will not see them all…but will do my best. If you know of a candidate forum, feel free to reach out to me and let me know.
Scott E