The cast of the play “So You Want To Be A D20 Delegate?” is likely to reach into the thousands before all is said and done on January 9, when the Central Committee will make the appointment. Let’s take a first look at the early maneuvering.
First off, yer faithful correspondent is not running. So let’s get that out of the way.
Also not running: 2014 delegate candidate and 2016 Congressional aspirant Will Jawando. Here’s his Tuesday announcement on Facebook:
As many of you know, I was a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014 and came within less than 1% of victory thanks to the support of so many. Since then I have remained committed and involved in our community, working to expand educational opportunity and increase civic engagement in underrepresented communities in various ways and through many organizations including the nonprofit I founded, Our Voices Matter.
Now more than ever we need inclusive and diverse voices engaged in our communities and represented in elected office. And while I am announcing today that I will not seek the District 20 delegate vacancy that will be filled by the Montgomery County Central Committee next month, I remain more committed than ever to improving and expanding opportunity for all members of our community. I also appreciate the many people who have reached out to encourage me to seek the appointment. Rest assured I will remain engaged and I am keeping an open mind about electoral opportunities in 2018 when voters will have their say.
Two people who have told me they’re considering running are Debbie Spielberg, who works for Councilmember Marc Elrich, and Yvette Butler, the executive director of Gapbusters, an organization that seeks to lessen the achievement gap in Montgomery and Prince George’s County schools.
Five people have publicly declared that they’re running, and four have formally applied. In alphabetical order:
Daniel Koroma. Announcement coming this week. Facebook page here.
Darian Unger. Application here.
Jheanelle Wilkins. Application here.
I expect more applicants as we get closer to January 9. I’ll have more detailed coverage of the candidates as well as any stories that break between now and then.