I’m happy to do my best to help friends find candidates, including different candidates than my favorites. I’m primarily focusing on my home county of Montgomery, though many of the resources work for other parts of Maryland or even D.C. Montgomery County is presently providing a case study for why we need ranked choice voting or other systematic reforms, as is many of the victors are likely to have below 30% of the vote. Nonetheless, local elections, even in large counties like Montgomery, are a great chance to make your vote count.
Mini-ad: If you’re reading this before Saturday June 6th, please consider stopping by our humble abode sometime between 6 and 8 pm for a meet and greet for Hans Riemer, the one incumbent county council candidate, for a chance to ask about your concerns, hear his goals, and dine on wine, cheese, and other refreshments.
Non-partisan and Journalists
- Vote411.org for candidate answers to topical questionnaires, as provided to the League of Women Voters.
- Bethesda Beat Election Guide, Their Primary landing page has links to Q&As for all the major races,
- Maryland Matters on the County at Large race. They aren’t don’t have as good of a one-stop-shop for other races, but they’re a good new source of local news.
- The Washington Post goes to some details on the candidates for governor (Vignarajh, Madaleno, Baker, Jealous, Ervin published upon the writing of this post).
Endorsements by Transit-Oriented Groups
- Greater Greater Washington (summary page including legislature):
- Council At Large Endorsements and other finalists
- Council Districts
- County Executive For and Against
- Action Committee for Transit Scorecard
- Sierra Club
Helpfully, Bethesda Beat is reporting who on the range of endorsements received for County Executive/Council/School Board and Congress/General Assembly. This can be useful both for finding your favorite group, or just seeing which candidates have enough support to be serious contenders if you wish to be strategic with your vote.