For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2017
March 2, 2017
For More Information:
MARYLAND DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANNOUNCES AN OPEN AND INCLUSIVE ELECTION FOR STATE CHAIR
Annapolis, Md. – Maryland Democratic Party officials today outlined the process to elect its next chair. Interim Chair Kathleen Matthews promised an inclusive and transparent process to reflect the state and party's geographic and demographic diversity.
Central Committee members representing the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City will meet on May 6 to vote on the successor to D. Bruce Poole, who resigned after two years as party chair to focus on his law practice. The party's parliamentarian, Greg Pecoraro, will convene a diverse committee that will work over the next two months to oversee the process, including an open forum for the public and state central committee members to hear from prospective candidates.
"I appreciate Interim Chair Kathleen Matthews' unprecedented effort to ensure that the state party undertakes an open and transparent process to elect a permanent chair,” said Pecoraro. “I am honored that she asked me to lead this effort, and will do my best to reach out to a variety of constituencies within the party to ensure that every voice is heard and made part of this process.”
Members of the state party’s executive committee met in Annapolis yesterday to elect Matthews, a party activist from Montgomery County, to replace Poole.
"I am honored to be selected as interim chair by the leaders of the executive committee and promise an inclusive and transparent process going forward," said Interim Chair Kathleen Matthews. "In this transition, I look forward to working with democrats across the state to build grassroots support for policies that protect the wellbeing of all Marylanders, and fight back against dangerous and empty rhetoric coming from President Trump and Governor Hogan."