Montgomery County, Maryland, Upcoming Pay-To-Attend Political Events

Upcoming Pay-to-Attend Political Events in Montgomery County, Maryland, for the 2018 Election
Some events also have pay-what-you-can, to allow those who are not wealthy to attend.

My name is Paul M. Bessel and my email address for additions or changes to this list is

Democratic Primary Election – June 26, 2018
General Election – November 6, 2018

This list is current as of Friday, June 22, 2018, at about 8:55pm

Latest changes: June 24 event for Aruna Miller; June 23 film

Please, anyone, send me an email – – NOT Facebook messenger, to let me know of any others events you think should be on this list.

I’ll edit this list, or make new postings, as I find out about more free or pay-to-attend events I think are of interest to politically-minded people in MoCo. Please email me with any suggestions you have.

I strongly encourage candidates to have options for “pay-what-you-can” without checking on what someone pays so voters who are financially challenged can attend your events without embarrassment. Saying you will give waivers for those who request them is not the same thing, as that forces those who can’t afford contributions to embarrass themselves.

Saturday June 23, 2018
7 – 9:30 pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
Film Screening & Discussion of the Documentary Film
“The Minority Vote” by Zinhle Essamuah
Hosted by the Justice Task Forces of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
The Minority Vote documentary film focuses on understanding how minority millennials viewed the 2016 election — what issues concerned them and what candidates they supported.
Event includes discussion with director Zinhle Essamuah of voting in America & how to work toward an inclusive, informed, and involved electoral system. Essamuah also produced Hands Up which documented the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson & Baltimore.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
10309 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
$10 Suggested Donation to support The Minority Vote project (
To Register:
Childcare Requests By June 13
Requests for ASL Interpretation By June 6 (Note: Film Not Captioned)
For more information:

Sunday, June 24, 2018
2pm – 4pm
fundraiser to support Aruna Miller
Home of Devang Shah
11404 Spice Oak Terrace
Rockville, MD 20850
Host: $2,700
Sponsor: 1,000
Friend: $500
Attendee: $250

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Hosted by Montgomery County Democrats
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, Maryland
ticket price information to be announced


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