As expected (and as cheered by Correspondent Ken on my previous post), the veto override of CB9-2017 failed, by the same margin by which the original legislation passed. For the override to be successful, four votes were needed to override, and well, since three is less than four, the veto was upheld.
As I watched last night's Council hearing on TV, I noticed again dozens of people in the crowd representing both sides of the debate on this bill. And thus continues a trend I've noticed ever since the election, and continuing throughout and across a number of venues. And that trend is an increasing number of people coming out and getting involved at meetings of local civic and political organizations.
Will this increased activism turn into increased participation in the electoral process, as we move towards the 2018 state and local elections? Well, to answer that question ably, one has to assume the trend towards increased participation and involvement will continue. And with the political landscape not likely to change on either the national or state level over the next, say, 18 months, I think we can safely say that the trends will continue. Since it is this current state and national landscape, especially the national landscape, that has created this increase in involvement.
And so, with there being more involvement, will there be more candidates running for office? Especially in looking at Howard County, where there will definitely be at least four new Councilmembers, and in absolutely, well, zero of those Councilmanic Districts, has the incumbent Councilperson groomed a likely successor. This would sound like a ripe environment for a newcomer to break in and kick some butt to me! And even in the one District with an incumbent Councilmember, Councilman Jon Weinstein won by a small margin in 2014 and will likely face a spirited Republican challenger in 2018, and possibly may face a Democratic primary election as well. Assuming that he chooses to run for re-election, and not for some other office, or doesn't run at all! An all-new County Council is not a far-fetched possibility.
On the State level-- for the last two elections I've heard that Delegates Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner are retiring. They're still there. So who knows about the complexion of District 13 at this point? And this cycle I'm starting to hear about the possibility of District 12 State Senator Ed Kasemeyer retiring. But this is also pooh-poohed by others among the punditry. And in District 9, will Senator Gail Bates be challenged by Delegate Warren Miller, creating a Delegate vacancy, or will someone else run? And of course, the opposing parties will run full slates for these offices.
But who? And I haven't even brought up the school board or courthouse offices. Or statewide or Congressional offices!
My belief is that 2018 is going to see an incredibly high number of candidates for office, from both parties, for almost all offices. If someone thinks they can make a stand from the high pedestal of the Judge of the Orphan's Court, then by cracky, they will be in!
I'm interested in your thoughts on this topic, readers, so please share! Do you believe there will be a lot of new faces hitting the bricks, knocking on doors, shaking hands and kissing babies in 2018? Does this political environment favor those who know the tricks of the trade of campaigning? Or is the playing field made more level given dissatisfaction with party orthodoxy on both sides of the aisle? Do third party candidates stand more of a chance in the 2018 state and local cycle?
I'm interested in your feedback and in starting a discussion, so please put your comments here on the blog, not on my Facebook page or anywhere else. I'll keep this up for a few days so as to promote a more, errrrr, robust discussion! OK?
And let's be careful out there.
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