Josh Kurtz of the political blog Maryland Matters wrote this article on potential Maryland LP US House candidate David Lashar on February 21:
A high-ranking official of the Maryland Health Department is seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party to challenge U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D).
J. David Lashar, the agency’s former chief of staff who is currently working as its senior transformation executive in the Office of Enterprise Transformation, is competing for the nomination at the Libertarians’ March 10 state convention. He is the only candidate in the race so far.
In an email to Maryland Matters, Lashar confirmed that he is seeking the Libertarian nod but said he was hesitant to discuss his candidacy until he wins the nomination. He said he has told higher-ups in the Hogan administration about his plans to run.
On his campaign website, Lashar, a technology executive who joined the Health Department in January 2016 after years in the private sector, describes himself as a “technology and transformation executive with business and government experience who is appalled at prevailing politics.”
“Why am I running?” Lashar asks elsewhere on his website. He then attempts to answer the question:
“1. Concerned that our liberty and prosperity are in jeopardy due to encroaching government and mounting debt…
- Appalled by the intolerance of politics as being practiced in the established national parties; in the mainstream and social media; and on college campuses; and…
- Committed to the libertarian ideas of protecting individual freedom and dignity; promoting personal and institutional accountability; and sustaining a civil American society…”
Lashar served as the Health Department’s chief of staff for a year under Acting Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. When Schrader became the agency’s chief operating officer earlier this year, under the newly-nominated secretary, Robert R. Neall, Lashar moved with him.
Sarbanes is heavily favored to win a seventh term representing the 3rd Congressional District – a controversially shaped, serpentine district that runs from north of Baltimore City, east to Annapolis and west to portions of eastern Montgomery County.
Lashar rails against gerrymandering frequently on his campaign website.
He promises to “promote political competition by putting an end to gerrymandering, a chilling practice of which the contorted 3rd Congressional District in Maryland is one of the most egregious examples in the United States. In the absence of Supreme Court decisions to prohibit gerrymandering, we need a constitutional amendment to bring about reasonably compact and competitive districts that neither favor nor disfavor any particular racial group.”
Republicans are not expected to heavily contest the district this year. A political unknown, Charles Anthony of Silver Spring, who doesn’t even have a campaign website, is the only candidate seeking the GOP nomination so far.
ATTENTION: EARLY VOTING IS OPEN IN MARYLAND. Now is the time to get out and vote for our great Libertarian candidates. Voter turnout is (and will remain) very high, so plan when and where you’ll cast your important vote. Governor Gary Johnson is our Presidential candidate. To learn about our congressional and local candidates, you can go to lpmaryland.org/vote/meet-our-candidates. Your vote is important! We appreciate your support!
Here is a list of early voting centers in Maryland where you can find where to vote in your county. The early polling centers are open today through Thursday, November 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The final election day is November 8th, but why wait until then?
Volunteers and supporters: Libertarians need to work on voter turnout just hard, if not harder, as the old party campaigns. What you can do:
- Obviously, vote yourself. If you are on social media, you can reinforce positive attitudes towards voting by announcing that you’ve voted for our Libertarian candidates.
- If you’ve had positive interactions with family, friends or co-workers about libertarians during his campaign, reinforce that with them by making the ask: please consider voting libertarian this election (or particular candidates if that’s been your prior discussion). The point is: reinforce with return messaging and then mention that early voting is open. They CAN vote for a libertarian NOW. It is no longer an abstract discussion of choice, but an act they can take now.
- Ask people to identify when and where they will vote. People who identify for themselves when and where they will vote are much more likely to actually vote, and this works best for young voters. Have the list of early voting centers handy so that if the person says they don’t know where they have to vote, you can give them their county locations.
- If you know of any libertarian supporters who may have problems getting to the polls, offer to help take them to an early voting center. Those who may have difficulty waiting in lines due to medical conditions can jump the line.
- Sign waving at poll location entrances can reinforce people driving into the polling center and traffic passing by.
- Working the polls: Asking members to support a third choice, or particular libertarian candidates (depending on the poll location-though obviously Gary Johnson applies to all), is proven to be effective at increasing the libertarian vote count at those polling center. Be positive, nice, and respectful! Some will want to debate you (rare, but happens) but are generally a waste of your time. They aren’t there to be convinced but to validate their own opinions. Be respectful, offer a counter-argument, but then let it go and return to positive messaging to other voters.
- Some will use the lesser-of-two-evils, “we can’t let candidate____ win”, type arguments with you. In Maryland, that is particularly silly at the presidential level. There is almost no chance that Hillary won’t easily win in Maryland. That fact free’s voters up to send a clear message about the values they support. If they support liberty, their vote is empowered by voting for a candidate that is the libertarian candidate. Adding another plus 1 to the old party candidates’s vote totals sends almost no message. If Gary Johnson get’s a higher than expected result, then media, politicians, and other voters learn that there is substantial support for liberty friendly candidates. Let’s play the long game!
Let’s go Libertarians!
Vote your conscience, your values, your interests:
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Leo Wayne Dymowski, the 2014 Libertarian candidate for Attorney General (as well as other prior libertarian campaigns), is the current nominee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland for Judge of the Baltimore County Circuit Court. Leo was a successful trial lawyer who now serves as hearing officer for the Maryland Parole Commission and would make an excellent judge in Baltimore County.
It is with great sadness that we report that Doug McNeil, a long time Libertarian and tireless advocate for improved ballot access and libertarian ideals, passed away on April 2, 2016. Doug was running for Mayor of Baltimore as the Libertarian candidate. A more detailed article about Doug and his impact in Maryland politics will be forthcoming.
Doug passed away from cancer and his death was noted by Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News. We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Matt Beers, the Libertarian Party of Maryland’s candidate for Congress in the 1st District, does a great job during his interview by Salisbury TV. Way to go Matt!
You can watch their video coverage of Matt’s campaign at: http://www.wmdt.com/news/more-local-news/newest-candidate-to-enter-the-race-for-marylands-first-congressional-district/37670910
You can visit the Matt Beer’s campaign website at: http://www.beersforcongress.com/
Matt’s campaign Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Beers-for-Congress-1941213389438…/…