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July 17, 2013

Wendi Peters to Challenge Three Incumbents

Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Thursday, former Mount Airy Councilman Wendi Peters announced that she will seek for one of the three at-large seats in the newly redrawn General Assembly 4th District in Carroll and Frederick counties. It is widely understood that incumbent Dels. Kathy Afzali, Michael Hough and Kelly Schulz will seek re-election.


According to a news release by Ms. Peters’ son and campaign manager, Zachary A. Peters, who is also a writer with, “Peters announced her candidacy at the Counties Four Post 10076 VFW on Main Street in Mount Airy…


“Standing before a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 100 supporters, elected officials, and candidates, Ms. Peters spoke about her sadness of constitutional rights being eroded, pockets being raided, and leaders that gain our trust at election time but disappoint us with their votes after being elected.,”


Although I did not have the opportunity to attend the announcement, Cara R. Anthony, wrote in The Frederick News-Post last Friday, “The hall was filled with a crowd of supporters, including Republican Dan Bongino, who introduced Peters…


“If elected, Peters said she plans to fight for the Constitution. Her declaration spurred applause from supporters, including Frederick Mayor Randy McClement and state Sen. David Brinkley, who said he skipped a parade in Thurmont so he could support Peters.”


According to Ms. Anthony, Senator Brinkley said of Ms. Peters: “She gives me honest feedback, and sometimes it's not always what I want to hear, but that is what we need, especially when we are dealing with certain issues in Annapolis…"


Find pictures of Ms. Peters’ announcement on her Facebook page. Also find additional information on Ms. Peters and her campaign on Twitter and her website.


Ms. Peters stated in an interview following the event: “The depth of my municipal experience, coupled with my passion to serve the community, will bring fresh insight to Annapolis and a way of doing business that demonstrates compassion for the taxpayer.”


Ms. Peters has the collective benefit of being a third generation Mount Airy elected official to help guide her in the perilous waters that lay ahead.


She has served as a public official in Mount Airy in various capacities for more than 23 years, beginning when she was chair of the recycling committee from 1990 to 1996. Most recently she served as on the Mount Airy town council from 2004 to 2012.


Her father served four terms on the town council from 1988 – 2004 and her grandfather served one term from 1960 – 1962.


You should know that I had the distinct honor to work with Ms. Peters when I served as an elected official from Westminster, 1999 to 2005. Also, in full disclosure, I have also had the pleasure of working with the law firm where Ms. Peters works, Ober Kaler, although I did work directly with her, when the firm represented a bank in formation, which I served as a founding director over 10-years ago.


According to her campaign, “Her commitment to service includes serving as chair of the Communications Committee for the Maryland Municipal League, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, PTA board member, vice chair of Planning Commission, board member of Mount Airy Main Street Association and youth mentor.


“In 2010 and in 2012 The Daily Record recognized Peters as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for her leadership, community service and mentoring.


“She was also recognized by the Maryland Recycling Network for Extraordinary Achievement in 2011; and, in 2012, she was inducted into the Mount Airy Hall of Fame in recognition of her service and volunteerism in the community.”


Ms. Peters’ announcement joins quite a number of familiar – and new faces, which have declared their intentions to run for the many legislative districts that were redrawn and reshaped as a result of the gerrymandering – err – redistricting across the state last year.


Along with the fact that current Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley cannot run for another term in the Maryland Statehouse, next year’s elections, which begin with the primary June 24, 2014, are shaping-up to be a watershed election in Maryland.


Yet, like many, I have had a hard time keeping track of all the changes. And, like Maryland state Sen. Joe Getty (R., Baltimore/Carroll) wrote recently, “As candidates have been announcing their plans this spring and summer, I have been increasingly asked about the new districts created as a result of the 2010 census…


“In recent years…the legislative redistricting process has become confusing to most citizens. In Carroll and Baltimore (and Frederick) counties, redistricting entails new legislative maps at the federal, state and local level. Every 10 years, these multi-layered legislative districts are redrawn based upon the results of the U.S. census…


“The congressional and state legislative district maps are available on the Maryland Department of Planning redistricting website (click herescroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the interactive map)…


I have not kept track of all the changes, and the different political actors who have thrown their hats in the ring for the various offices, nearly as well as Senator Getty, who is recognized by many, on both sides of the aisle as a history and constitutional scholar and a public policy expert.


So, I hope to be in the audience this evening at 6 P.M. at the Buttersburg Inn (9 N. Main Street, Union Bridge), for the monthly meeting of the West Carroll Republican Club when Senator Getty will make a presentation “about the 2012 cycle of legislative redistricting and how it impacts Carroll County for the 2014 gubernatorial election.


… I’m just saying


Follow Mr. Dayhoff on Twitter: @kevindayhoff


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