June 24, 2013The Honorable Gabriel AlbornozChair, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee3720 Farragut Ave.Kensington, MD 20895
Re: District 15 Senate Appointment
Dear Chairman Albornoz and Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee Members:
This letter is submitted in support of my candidacy for appointment to the District 15 StateSenate seat that will be vacated by Rob Garagiola on September 1, 2013. Enclosed please findmy resume for your review.At the outset, my candidacy is strongly endorsed by all of my
District 15 colleagues, SenatorRob Garagiola, Delegate Kathleen Dumais and Delegate Aruna Miller, as well as theDistrict 15 Democratic Caucus.
In addition, my candidacy is endorsed by
County ExecutiveIke Leggett, Congressmen Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney, Comptroller PeterFranchot, Attorney General Douglas Gansler, and the vast majority of the MontgomeryCounty Delegation.
By way of background, Rob Garagiola, Kathleen Dumais and I were elected to the GeneralAssembly in 2002. Prior to my election, I was President of the District 15 Democratic Club.Senator Garagiola, Delegate Dumais and I worked closely with our District 15 Democratic precinct organization over the next several years to convert a legislative district that had leanedRepublican electorally into a strong Democratic district. Prior to the 2002 election, three of thefour legislative seats were held by Republicans. After the 2002 election, three of the four seatswere occupied by Democrats. With the addition of Craig Rice in 2006 and then Aruna Miller in2010 to our ticket, we were able to successfully transform District 15 into an all blue district.My proven electoral success in District 15 over three elections should be taken into considerationas Democrats defend the Senate seat next year in the legislative district that was the last to electRepublicans in Montgomery County. We have worked too hard over the past decade to put theseat at undue risk. Moreover, I will likely be the
person seeking the Senate appointmentwho has actually been elected by District 15 voters, a fact that should also be taken into account.I am a lifetime Democrat who has supported our county and state Democratic Party. For manyyears, I have been a member of the MCDCC Democratic Forum. I was an early supporter of Barack Obama and served as an Obama Delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention. Isubsequently served as an advisor to the Obama U.S. Department of Justice Transition Team.Professionally, I am both an Attorney and CPA, the only member of the legislature with bothcredentials. Prior to being elected in 2002, I was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justicewhere I was a three-time recipient of the Justice Department’s Outstanding Attorney Award. Mylegal background and litigation experience have proven to be extremely beneficial in the GeneralAssembly. Since the 2002 election, I have been an attorney in private practice. I also have been