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With the ever-coming wave of blue, many areas are now seeing hope where there normally wasn't one.  Take Harford County, MD for example.  Twenty years ago was when the Democratic powers that be decided, "We like things the way they are, so we won't do anything".  This brought us Republican hell.  All we have currently is one Democratic Councilman (Dion Guthrie) and Delegate Mary-Dulany James

Earlier this year, the College Dems of Harford Community College we given a special treat; Professor Stan Kollar (Biology) was to run for MD Senate 35.  His big focus was the environment and continually kept trying to pull the conversation back into that subject, he actually has some substantial economy and 'quality of life' ideas that, while moderate, are progressive in the views of Harford.

Many weeks later, I was present at a Democratic Central Committee meeting where William Kilby was nominated to run against Nancy Jacobs.  Kilby was more uni-issue than Kollar at first glance.  From what he was talking about, everything revolved around farming, and while there is some truth to that, I would not expect someone to win on one single issue.  I spent the next few weeks hoping to hear news from either of these two...

I heard nothing.  Then the primary passed and I saw something that merits notice.  Kilby, who has no website, no press and little visibility in Harford (Senate 34 covers a lot of Cecil as well) received MORE votes in his primary than Nancy Jacobs (Both ran unapposed).  
The Baltimore Sun
reported that this is one of the lowest primary turnouts in recent history.  Kilby didn't just 'outscore' Jacobs by 70 or so, but by almost 2000 votes!  Just the day after the primary, I was contacted by the Kilby Campaign for some volunteer advising.  Well, the local Democratic Central Committee isn't that effective, so I almost felt obliged to help.

Kollar on the other least showed he was competitive, but was about 3000 votes shy of tieing the race.

Up and until election day, I plan on covering more on both of these candidates, and also how they're taking the fight to the republican, pro-business establishment.

Originally posted to spuchuu on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 10:58 AM PDT.

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  •  Well (0+ / 0-)

    I do know that, although they vote Republican in general elections, Democrats still are a majority of the voters in Harford and Cecil Counties. Could these have just been nominal Democrats who will turn around and vote Republican at the general election? For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

    by jiacinto on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 11:44:59 AM PDT

    •  Hard call (0+ / 0-)

      Tough to say. Tens of thousands voted in the Democratic  and Republican primaries.  Nancy Jacobs (R) got 4946 votes.  Bill Kilby (D) got 6602 (New data I just got from MD Board of Elections).

      Both candidates ran unopposed, so many people don't vote for unopposed candidates.

      We'll just have to wait for the general.

  •  Legislative elections are so important (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for keeping us updated on these races.

    If you had to guess, would you say Democrats will lose or gain seats in MD's legislature (or whatever it's called in MD) this year? I know in 2002 they lost seats, some in places they thought they would keep, then the media trumpeted their chances of getting even more seats in 2006. But they seem to be less popular now than they were a few years ago.

    Do you know about the people who are running against Sandra Schrader or Don Dwyer?

  •  Go Harford Go (0+ / 0-)

    from a baltimore county mom who knows what it is like to be the most liberal person on the block.

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