Montgomery County, Maryland, Upcoming Free Political Events

Upcoming Free Political Events in Montgomery County, Maryland, for the 2018 Election
Free events only on this list, although for breakfast clubs you are expected to order something
I have another list for pay-to-attend events.

This list was compiled by Paul M. Bessel. My email address for changes or corrections in this list is paul@paulbessel.com

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

This list is current as of Sunday, February 25, 2018, at about 7:30am

Latest changes: March 11 Charlotte Crutchfield event; March 2 Council Member Sidney Katz on gun safety; March 24 Jamie Raskin pre-event for March; April 3 Steve Solomon event; March 11 Annual Women’s History Conference – Maryland NOW, March 3 forum for Congress district 6; May 19 Gaithersburg Book Festival; March 3 Macedonia Baptist Church event; March 1 Alec Ross event; Events for Woman’s Democratic Club; Events for D18 Dem Breakfast Club

Please, anyone, send me an email – paulbessel.com – 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 candidate forums or other events I think are of interest to politically-minded people in MoCo.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
11am – 2pm
Vaughn for Maryland Canvass–Derwood
Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School
5939 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, Maryland

Sunday, February 25, 2018
1pm
Candidate forum – candidates for County Executive
Candidate Forum on Racial Equity and Immigration
Northwood High School
919 University Blvd. W, Silver Spring
JUFJ and partner organizations are presenting questions to the candidates about these issues.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2-5pm
Joel Rubin for Delegate District
“Rally for Rubin” Campaign Kickoff Event
Lawton Center in Chevy Chase
4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD
This is an event that you won’t want to miss! It will be full of both laughter and service. To get rolling, we’ll open with a live, family-friendly comedy show given by the Baltimore Improv Group. We’ll then follow up with calls to action and speeches. And we’ll close by collecting canned items so that we can donate them to the Manna Food Center.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Meet Jim McGee in Carderock Springs
2pm – 4pm
8629 Fenway Rd, Bethesda, MD

Sunday, February 25, 2018
3pm – 5pm
Meet and Greet With The District 16 Team!
Public · Hosted by Tom Manatos and Marc Korman
8821 Ridge Rd, Bethesda, MD

Sunday, February 25, 2018
3-5pm
Charlotte Crutchfield for Delegate district 19
Meet & Greet (Strathmore / Bel Pre)
Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Todd
More info contact: charlotte.voteforcharlotte.com

Sunday, February 25, 2018
3pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Bethesda

Sunday, February 25, 2018
4 – 5:30pm
A briefing on the politics of health care reform by State Senator Paul Pinsky
MCDCC, 3720 Farragut Avenue, #303, Kensington, MD 20895
Paul Pinsky has been championing progressive values — on everything from health care to the environment — ever since his first election to the General Assembly in 1986. He has been a particularly outspoken advocate for the single-payer approach to health care reform and, in the 2018 legislative session, has introduced landmark legislation that would take Maryland down the single-payer road.
What would single-payer in Maryland mean for your family? What would make this universal health care reform a real political possibility in our state? How would such a system work?
No lawmaker in Maryland has a better perspective on questions like these than Senator Paul Pinsky. Join us for an afternoon of informal discussion with your neighbors!
An event hosted by Indivisible Homewood.
Co-sponsors: After the March Wheaton, Capitol View Democracy Crew, Maryland District 19 Democratic Club, Progressive Action Montgomery County
Let us know you’re coming at
https://actionnetwork.org/events/health-care-forum-could-maryland-lead-the-way-on-single-payer?

Sunday, February 25, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC)
first Environmental Protection Open House
free event will take place at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at 1 Veterans Place
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
7pm
Progressive Neighbors
Gubernatorial Candidates forum
Piney Branch School, Takoma Park

Monday, February 26, 2018
7:30am in the morning
D18 Democratic Breakfast Club
Tastee Diner
8601 Cameron St, Silver Spring, MD
Delegate Al Carr, candidates Emily Shetty, Helga Luest

Monday, February 26, 2018
12 – 2pm
Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County
Race, Law, and Justice in Today’s America
Luncheon with Kristen Clarke

Monday, February 26, 2018
2pm – 3:30pm
Mondays with Marlin Jenkins, candidate for Delegate district 19
Leisure World, Clubhouse 1
3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring MD

Monday, February 26, 2018
6:30pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Silver Spring

Monday, February 26, 2018
6:45pm – 8:30pm
Women in Politics
Public · Hosted by League of Women Voters of Montgomery County Maryland
Rockville Regional Library
21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland
Guest Speakers, Clare Bresnahan English, Executive Director, She Should Run; Shirley Brandman, Former President Montgomery County Board of Education; and Karen Montgomery, Former State Senator, District 14, Maryland General Assembly, will discuss How can we get more women to run? What challenges do women face once elected?

Monday, February 26, 2018
7pm
Charlotte Crutchfield for Delegate district 19
B’nai B’rith Homecrest House
14508 Homecrest Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Black History Month Speaker

Tuesday. February 27, 2018
9pm
Candidate filing deadline

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:30am
in Silver Spring
The Montgomery County Black Business Council [an Affinity Group of the MD Black Chamber of Commerce] presents:
Businesses in the Black: A Montgomery County Executive Candidate Forum
“Black Business Count$”
· Connect with Black Business Leaders
· Meet County Executive Candidates
· Hear Economic Development Priorities Impacting Your Business
Refreshments will be served. This Event is FREE and open to the public.
#MoCoBizinBlack

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Education Budget Forum
Montgomery College Rockville Campus, Theater Arts Building
51 Manakee St, Rockville

Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:30am
Bethesda Chevy Chase Democratic Breakfast Club
Susan Turnbull, candidate for Lt. Gov. with Ben Jealous for Governor
Also, Past Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee
The meeting will be held in The Original Pancake House, which is located in Bethesda Plaza at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, in Bethesda. Validated Parking is available in an underground parking garage with an entrance at 7703 Woodmont Avenue.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
5pm
Deadline for withdrawal of candidacy

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Alec Ross introducing his Lt. Gov. candidate,
6 – 8pm
Denizens Brewing Co, Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Protecting Your Consumer Rights: What You Need to Know
A Consumer Protection Forum
Senator Chris Van Hollen
Attorney General Brian Frosh
MoCo Office of Consumer Protection
Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
4301 East West Hwy, Bethesda, Maryland
Questions: events@vanhollen.senate.gov 301-545-1500

Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:15pm – 9pm
County Executive Candidate Forum
Hosted by Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County
Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD

Friday, March 2, 2018
4pm to 5pm
Call to action on gun control
Councilmember Sidney Katz to be joined by Mayors from Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Washington Grove
Councilmember Sidney Katz will be joined by Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton, Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, Washington Grove Mayor Joli McCathran and leaders from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and other invited community leaders to remember those who lost their lives at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida and to call for action on federal and state gun control.
In front of the Old Grey District Courthouse: 27 Courthouse Square Rockville, MD

Friday, March 2, 2018
6 – 9pm
Rich Madaleno for Governor
Event to announce the endorsement of Rich Madaleno by Jamie Raskin and 15+ other local and state elected officials
East Silver Spring Elementary School, 631 Silver Spring Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland

Saturday, March 3, 2018
11am
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Four Corners (Silver Spring)

Saturday, March 3, 2018
12 noon
Macedonia Baptist Church, 5119 River Road, Bethesda
We are inviting political candidates to come express support for the cemetery. Join us for a community potluck and meet and greet with candidates from 12- 1pm.
We will then hear from the candidates their thoughts on this issue. We are fighting for preservation and memorialization of this sacred ground, which houses the bodies of approximately 500 African Americans dating back to the first generation of freed enslaved people.
Speakers (this list will be updated continuously):
Shruti Bhatnagar
Brandy Brooks
Bill Cook
Hoan Dang
Andrew Friedson
Seth Grimes
Ana Sol Gutierrez
Julian Haffner
Will Jawando
Ben Jealous
Jim McGee
Mohammad Siddique
Meredith Wellington
Chris Wilhelm
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/343395516153965/
Questions: Email surjmocomd@gmail.com
Note:
If people ask you questions about the cemetery issue, feel free to direct them to the Save Bethesda African Cemetery facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/bethesdaafricancemetery/
Also, this is a nice quick video that sums up the issue pretty well: http://www.wusa9.com/mobile/video/news/local/bethesda/protesters-fighting-to-save-small-piece-of-black-history-in-md/65-8007586

March 3, 2018
2pm
Our Revolution
Forum for Candidates for Congress district 6
Montgomery County Council Building
100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD

Saturday, March 3, 2018
4pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Bethesda

Sunday, March 4, 2018
3-5 pm
Bill Conway for County Council At Large
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bill-conway-meet-greet-tickets-43066990528

Sunday, March 4, 2018
5pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Olney

Sunday March 4, 2018
5pm- 7pm
Vaughn Stewart
Democratic Candidate for Delegate from Maryland’s 19th District
At the home of Susan Yu in Derwood, Maryland
(address provided upon RSVP)
Please RSVP using this link
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/4marchmeetandgreet or to Brad at BradChester00@gmail.com or 325-227-3341

Sunday, March 4, 2018
7pm – 9pm
District 18 Democratic Candidates’ Forum
Holiday Park Senior Center
Forum open to the public for voters to learn about the Democrats running for Maryland Senate & Delegate seats in District 18

Monday, March 5, 2018
6:30pm – Meet candidates in lobby
7-9pm – Debate
MoCo County Executive Debate – Democrats and Republican
Olney Theater Center
Historic Stage
Hosted by GOCA – Greater Olney Civic Association
2001 Olney – Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Maryland

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Education Budget Forum
John F. Kennedy High School Cafeteria
1901 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring MD

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
7:30pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Chevy Chase

Thursday, March 8, 2018
7pm
Democratic Club of Leisure World
Candidates for County Council At Large – 1 of 2
Clubhouse 1 Ballroom
3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring, MD

Friday, March 9, 2018
5:30ppm
Carl Ward for House of Delegates district 19
Home of Kathe and Edwin Williamson
2805 P St. NW
Washington, DC

Friday, March 9, 2018
7pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Gaithersburg

Saturday, March 10, 2018
9am – 1pm
MCDCC Precinct Organization 1st Quarter Meeting
Mid-County Community Recreation Center
20i04 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland
with candidates for Governor and Maryland Party Chair Kathleen Matthews

Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Sandy Spring

Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30pm
Evan Glass for County Council At Large
Poolesville

Sunday, March 11, 2018
12:30pm – 5pm
Annual Women’s History Conference – Maryland NOW
Public · Hosted by Linda Mahoney
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
844 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Maryland

Sunday, March 11, 2018
3pm – 5pm
Women for Charlotte
Hosted by Charlotte Crutchfield for Delegate
Olney, Maryland

Monday, March 12, 2018
D18 Democratic Breakfast Club
Tastee Diner, 8601 Cameron St, Silver Spring, MD
Speaker; Ike Leggett

Monday, March 19, 2018
7-9 pm
Kevin Mack for Delegate district 15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-greet-for-kevin-mack-tickets-43104983165

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:30pm
MCDCC (Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee) monthly meeting
3720 Farragut Ave, #303, Kensington, Maryland
open to the public

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8am
National School Walkout over mass killings in schools
The Mall, Washington DC

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8am in the mornning
Charter Review Commission
County Council Building, 100 Maryland Ave, 6th floor conference room
public welcome

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Education Budget Forum
Robert Frost Middle School Cafeteria
9201 Scott Dr, Rockville, MD

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7pm
Democratic Club of Leisure World
Candidates for County Executive – 2 of 2
Clubhouse 1 Ballroom
3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, March 18, 2018
3 – 5pm
Reggie Oldak for County Council district 1
You are invited for Happy Hour Margaritas (yes, Margaritas!!!) and to meet my friend, Reggie Oldak – who is running for the District 1 seat on the County Council
Home of Robbie Rich
5408 Duvall Drive, Bethesda 20816
RSVP to robbiestev@aol.com or call 240-463-7830
Contributions are appreciated, but not required.

Monday, March 19, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Education Budget Forum
White Oak Middle School Cafeteria
12201 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Monday, March 19, 2018
7:30pm
sponsored by the Aspen Hill Friends of the Library and the Aspen Hill Civic Association
Candidates Forum for County Executive
Aspen Hill library, downstairs meeting room

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:30am
Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, along with the Rockville and Clarksburg Chambers of Commerce
County Executive forum
Berliner, Elrich, Leventhal, Krasnow, Blair and Flicker are confirmed to participate. Delegate Bill Frick will be in Annapolis and unable to attend.
Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown
The forum is free of charge. A light continental breakfast will be served. Advance registration is required at https://goo.gl/kPk1R6.

Thursday, March 22. 2018
7-9pm
Woman’s Democratic Club
Forum for County Executive candidates
Silver Spring Civic Center

Saturday, March 24, 2018
9am
Congressman Jamie Raskin pre-march event
Silver Spring Civic Center
Congressman Raskin is inviting all 8th District friends and families—from Montgomery, Frederick, and Carroll Counties and beyond—to assemble at the Silver Spring Civic Building at 9am, for a pre-March Rally with soul-lifting music, high school a capella groups, and a dazzling and growing coalition of local activist groups, including Moms Demand Action, MoCo Women, the Women’s Democratic Club, Do the Most Good, and Our Revolution. We will then transport everyone down to the rally by bus.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
March for Our Lives (students)
Rally on the National Mall
to demand action on gun safety

Monday, March 26, 2018
D18 Democratic Breakfast Club
Tastee Diner, 8601 Cameron St, Silver Spring, MD
County Executive candidates

Sunday, April 1, 2018
11:59pm
Candidates financial reports due

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
8pm
Steve Solomon – Montgomery County Council At Large candidate
Speaking at Stand UpCounty – Clarksburg
Novel Books
23330 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Candidates speak from 7-7:30, 7:30-8, and then me from 8-8:30pm
Tickets are free, they just ask that you sign up at EventBrite to get an idea of how many people are coming.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-upcounty-clarksburg-candidate-forums-tickets-42382308626

April 9-10, 2018
12 midnight
General Assembly sine die

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:30pm
MCDCC (Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee) monthly meeting
3720 Farragut Ave, #303, Kensington, Maryland
open to the public

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8am in the morning
Charter Review Commission
final vote on 2018 report to the County Council
County Council Building, 100 Maryland Ave, 6th floor conference room
public welcome

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
7:30-9 pm
Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association (NFCCA) District 19 Candidates Forum
Forest Knolls Elementary School
10830 Eastwood Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8am
SMTA – Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance
Montgomery County Executive Candidate Forum

Thursday, April 12, 2018
7-9 pm
Ben Shnider
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ben-shnider-meet-greet-tickets-43314085596

Saturday, April 14, 2018
3pm – 5pm
Maryland candidates for Governor
Salisbury University campus hosted by the Wicomico Democratic Central Committee

Monday, April 15, 2018
7-9 pm
Sidney Katz
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sidney-katz-meet-greet-tickets-43315067533

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7:30pm
Greater Laurel Beltsville Democratic Club
Governor Candidate Forum

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Candidates for Montgomery County Executive Forum
Hosted by Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7pm
Leisure World
candidates for County Council district 3
Leisure World Clubhouse 1 Ballroom
3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:30pm
Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club
sponsoring a County Executive Candidates Forum
at Takoma Park Middle School

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:30pm
sponsored by the Aspen Hill Friends of the Library and the Aspen Hill Civic Association
Candidates Forum for County Council At Large
Aspen Hill library, downstairs meeting room

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM – Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM 2018 Western Maryland Democratic Summit
Western Maryland Democratic PAC, Inc.
Flintstone, MD

Sunday, April 22, 2018
11am – 4pm
Kensington Day of the Book Festival 13th annual
Hosted by Kensington Day of the Book Festival
Kensington Day of the Book Festival
3716-3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, Maryland

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7-9pm
Woman’s Democratic Club
Forum for candidates for Maryland Governor
Silver Spring Civic Center

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:30pm
Conservation Montgomery
2018 Green Forum for candidates who are running for County Executive
Silver Spring Civic Building
In the next day or so, we’ll have a link at the top of www.ConservationMontgomery.org so you can sign up to attend the Green Forum.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Forum for Democratic candidates for Governor
Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee has held this date for their gubernatorial forum.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
12pm – 2pm
Forum for candidates for Governor
Jaycees Waldorf hosted by the Charles County Democratic Central Committee

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Display of ballots by Board of Elections

Saturday, March 10, 2018
9 am – 2 pm
MCDCC’s 2018 1st quarter meeting of the Democratic Precinct Officials
Mid-County Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Lunch will be served
RSVP will be required
More information will be sent to the Precinct Officials
https://www.facebook.com/mcdccprecinct/

Thursday, May 10, 2018
7 p.m.
Democratic Club of Leisure World
candidates for House of Delegates district 19
Leisure World Clubhouse 1 Ballroom
3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:30pm
sponsored by the Aspen Hill Friends of the Library and the Aspen Hill Civic Association
Candidates Forum for House of Delegates district 19
Aspen Hill library, downstairs meeting room

Saturday, May 19, 2018
10am – 6pm
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Gaithersburg City Hall parking lot
City of Gaithersburg Concert Pavilion
31 S Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
11:59pm
Candidates financial reports due

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Deadline to register to vote or to change party registration for the upcoming primary.

Thursday, June 7, 2018
7:30pm
sponsored by the Aspen Hill Friends of the Library and the Aspen Hill Civic Association
Candidates Forum for County Council district 3
Aspen Hill library, downstairs meeting room

Thursday, June 14, 2018
7pm
Democratic Club of Leisure World
candidates for Maryland Governor

Thursday, June 14, 2018
10am to 8pm
Early voting for Primary Election begins

Friday, June 15, 2018
11:59pm
Candidates financial reports due

Thursday, June 21, 2018
10am to 8pm
Early voting for Primary Election ends

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7am to 8pm
Maryland Primary Election Day

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
11:59pm
Candidates financial reports due

Monday, August 13, 2018
5pm
Deadline for filing charter amendment petitions

Monday, August 20, 2018
Certification of ballot questions by County Attorney

Thursday, October 25, 2018
10am to 8pm
Early Voting for General Election Begins

Thursday, November 1, 2018
10am to 8pm
Early Voting for General Election Ends

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
7am to 8pm
Maryland General Election Day – Maryland Governor, State & County offices

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
7am to 8pm
Maryland Primary Election – President & VP, Congressmen

Saturday, July 28, 2018
10am – 3pm
Back to School and Community Health fair
Hosted by American Diversity Group
Ebenezer Church of God
7550 Buchanan St, Hyattsville, Maryland 20784
One Behalf of American Diversity Group it is our pleasure to request your presence at the Back to School abd Community Health Fair. Free Back packs, school supplies, groceries, hair cutting, new shoes, clothes for school kids. free health screenings, doctors consults, health educations and health resources.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
7am to 8pm
Maryland General Election Day – Presidential Election Day

 

 

 

 

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