January 20th Campaign Conections Newsletter


Campaign Connections

The New Year brings new energy to campaigns as candidates prepare for the June primary and November general elections. Fundraising, training and connecting with voters now take center stage. You can do your part to help by supporting candidates financially, attending events or by hosting a neighborhood party. Use Campaign Connections to stay up to date on opportunities and ways to help.












Meet the Candidate
AnneMarie Abell
St. Mary's County Commissioner


AnnMarie Abell is ready for a seat at the St. Mary's County Commissioners table. A long time Leonardtown resident, Abell worked as an analyst and program manger at Patuxent River NAS for 34 years while volunteering at her sons' schools and various county and community organizations. Her community work includes fundraising efforts for the Father Andrew White school and appointments to the St. Mary's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Board of Directors and the Economic Development Commission. With government experience at every level, Abell is seasoned in identifying priorities and solutions for the Southern Maryland community. Her collective experience emphasizes inclusiveness, balance and concern for our most vulnerable neighbors.






Open invitation to

Join AnnMarie Abell for a
“Meet the Candidate” gathering
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 3-5 pm
27973 Steeple Ct., Mechanicsville, MD.
If interested, please RSVP to by January 17th





hosted by St. Mary's Democratic Club

  1. the date and bring your friends! The St. Mary's Democratic Club will host a great evening of food, music and fun at a chili cook off on Saturday, March 3rd at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Kathleen Matthews, the the Democratic Chair of Maryland, will be a guest speaker with music provided by Groove Span. Come meet and support our local candidates.






Valentine's Day Raffle

Romantic holiday approaching? Show a loved one how much you care AND support the Julia Nichols for MD Delegate Campaign by entering to win a Valentine's Day basket.
Tickets are $5 each, 12 for $50.
The drawing will be held on February 7, 2018 and basket delivered to winner by Valentine's Day.
Purchase Tickets HERE




Share your ideas and priorities with state delegate candidate Julia Nichols.
Saturday, January 27th from 9-10 a.m. at the Leonardtown Library
Monday, February 5th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Southern Pines Community Center in Lusby




Details for these events are in the newsletter!

January 20- Meet the Candidate with AnnMarie Abell
January 20- RESCHEDULED cocktail fundraiser for Julia Nichols
January 21-St. Mary's County Precinct Captain Training
February 7-Last day for Valentines Day basket raffle
March 3- SAVE THE DATE Meet the Candidates Night with St. Mary's Democratic Club




Candidate Websites
State Delegate
Committee to Elect Brian M. Crosby,
Shawn M. Flynn, Treasurer
Jason Fowler for Delegate
John Fowler, Treasurer
Friends of Julia Nichols,
Anne Marie Dailey, Treasurer


Calvert County Commissioner
Supporters of Matt Bennett,
Max Hakun, Treasurer
Holly Budd for Commissioner,
Mark Williams, Treasurer
Friends of Tricia Powell,
Cindy Yoe, Treasurer

St. Mary's County Commissioner
Friends of AnnMarie Abell,
Joan C. Devlin, Treasurer








December 16th Campaign Connections Newsletter


Campaign Connections

In this holiday edition, candidates share seasonal messages and how they'll spend the New Year. Celebrate the start of 2018 with friends and like minded Democrats with fundraising events for Julia Nichols and Jason Fowler and keep up to date with Campaign Connections as other activities and events gear up for Election Day!






Start the New Year off right! Join Julia Nichols and friends for a festive and fun fundraiser. The evening features live music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres and includes former delegates John Bohanan (29B) and Sue Kullen (27C) as well as Delegate Jazz Lewis (District 24) as guest speakers.

Get your tickets NOW and ensure your New Year's resolution includes making a positive change in the political landscape.









Trisha Powell
Candidate for Calvert County
Board of Commissioners

Seasons Greetings from
Tricia Powell and grandkids!




Wishing you all

the best for a

wonderful 2018!

Julia Nichols
Candidate for State Delegate (District 29C)


Growing up in a home with four other siblings, Christmas created the greatest moments in my life. I love everything about this time of year; from the event that inspired it to watching the Santa tracker and wrapping presents. But mostly, I love spending time gathered together with my family and friends making memories and sharing traditions.

During the holiday season, I think of our troops who are deployed, having spent a Christmas in Afghanistan myself. Many of our soldiers, sailors and airmen are far from home, and their families are serving and sacrificing right along with them. Their sacrifice, courage and dedication to keeping us safe allow us to enjoy this season.

On Christmas, I will attend mass with my family and join fellow Christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our Savior. As we listen to His story starting from the small town in Bethlehem, we remember what His life means to each of us. He taught us that kindness, empathy and compassion for those less fortunate go farther in life than riches. But most of all, he brought us hope.

With the New Year comes optimism, allowing us to recommit ourselves to the values we share that unite us as one community. From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Brian Crosby
Candidate for 29B






Click HERE to order tickets.





Know Your Government
Democratic Central Committee

Central committees, both democratic and republican, are elected governing bodies that represent each county's political party. The main function is to fill vacant elected positions such as judges, delegates and commissioners. Committees may also submit names to the Governor for the board of elections.

Involvement and roles vary among committees, but general responsibilities include setting local policy issues or platforms, organizing election day efforts, cultivating and supporting democratic candidates, fundraising and serving as the primary contact and voice for Democrats in the county.

An involved democratic central committee provides organized resources and a clear platform for local candidates as well as state and national campaigns.

  1. central committee members are voted on during primary elections in gubernatorial election years, which are held every four years. Central committee candidates will appear on the June 26, 2018 primary ballot this summer.

    New in 2018, democratic central committee members will declare and appear as either male or female candidates to streamline the gender balance requirement.

    You can learn more about local central committees HERE or by visiting the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee or the St. Mary's Democratic Central Committee.






  1. 6 -Cocktail Party for Julia Nichols
    Do you have your tickets?

    18-Candidate's Cuisine fundraiser for Jason Fowler.
    21-St. Mary's County Precinct Captain Training
    (more information to follow)

Get ready for a busy 2018! Candidates will the ground running in January





State Delegate
Jason Fowler (District 27C)
John Fowler, Treasurer

Julia Nichols (District 29C)
Anne Marie Dailey, Treasurer


County Commissioner
Matt Bennett (at large)
Max Hakun, Treasurer

Tricia Powell (District 1)
Cindy Yoe, Treasurer

Holly Budd (District 3)
Mark Williams, Treasurer





State Delegate
Brian Crosby (District 29B)
Shawn M. Flynn, Treasurer

Julia Nichols (District 29C)
Anne Marie Dailey, Treasurer

County Commissioner
J. Howard Thompson (Commissioner President)

Tim Ridgell (District 1)

AnnMarie Abell (District 2)
Joan C. Devlin, Treasurer








November 17th Campaign Newsletter

Fall Update

St. Mary's candidates kept busy in October and November with the St. Mary's NAACP annual banquet, Leonardtown Veteran's Day parade and numerous community events.
Ann Marie Abell, Howard Thompson, Brian Crosby and Julia Nichols
at the Leonardtown Veteran's Day parade.
Listening Tour Kicks Off
State Delegate candidates Brian Crosby (29B) and Julia Nichols (29C) hosted their first listening tour Monday, November 13th at the Lexington Park Library. Community members shared concerns about traffic, taxes, school funding, health care access and other infrastructure needs. Look for more listening tour dates and sites this winter.
Meet A Candidate
District 29B represents the southern section of St. Mary’s County

Brian Crosby, Candidate for State Delegate 29B

Ready to Serve

Brian Crosby is a distinguished US Army Ranger veteran, earning the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal twice after three deployments to Afghanistan. He is currently the Southern Maryland Representative and Deputy Director for the Maryland VetCouncil, volunteers with several youth and veterans’ organizations in St. Mary's County, and is a member of VFW Chapter 2632 and American Legion Post 255.

A critical thinker and innovative problem solver, Crosby’s middle class background and dedicated work ethic propelled him to success at Drexel University, in both rowing and academics, and helped him earn a J.D. from University of Western Michigan Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Association.

A proven leader, Crosby’s vast experience and commitment to the people of St. Mary’s County will serve us well in Annapolis.

BJ Hall, Dr. Janice Walthour and Brian Crosby at the
St. Mary's County NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
October 21, 2017
Know Your Government
St. Mary's County Orphan's Court
The St. Mary's County judicial branch is divided into three different courts: Circuit Court, District Court, and Orphan's Court. Dating back to colonial times, the Orphan's Court serves as each county's probate court, handling the estates of single named property owners in the county. The court also oversees the guardianship of minors, which is where the name Orphan's Court originates.
There are three judges on the Orphan's court in St. Mary's, currently all Republicans, and all elected by county residents for four year terms.
Leonardtown Courthouse

Photo of Leonardton Courthouse by Diane F. Evartt

All three Orphan's Court positions will appear on the 2018 ballot.
You can learn more about the Orphan's Court HERE.
St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners Candidate AnnMarie Abell hosted her Campaign Kick Off at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center on Saturday, Novevmber 4th.

Stronger Together
Candidates Julia Nichols,Tricia Powell, Holly Budd and AnnMarie Abell at the October 29th Together We Will Meeting at Asbury in Solomons.

December 2 - St. Mary's County Democratic Club holiday social
December 9 - Julia Nichols Listening Tour, 10-noon, at Calvert Library Southern Branch in Solomons
January 6 -SAVE THE DATE! Start the New Year with good friends and good cheer at a Cocktail Party Fundraiser for Julia Nichols - Blake Creek from 7-10 p.m. Tickets and more info here.
By authority of: Friends of Julia Nichols, Anne Marie Dailey, Treasurer
Candidate Websites
State Delegate
Committee to Elect Brian M. Crosby,
Shawn M. Flynn, Treasurer
Friends of Julia Nichols,
Anne Marie Dailey, Treasurer

October 30th Campaign Connections

Welcome!Campaign Connections is a monthly newsletter for St. Mary's County residents who want to keep up with campaign news, help elect responsible candidates and learn more about the local political landscape.

What’s the best way to support St. Mary’s County candidates? Vote! Now is the perfect time to check your registration and make sure the address and party preference are correct before the June 26, 2018 primary. Applications for registration are available by phone, online or in person. And don't forget your family members too!
St. Mary’s County Board of Elections
Maryland State Board of Elections
Meet A Candidate
District 29C represents the central portion of St. Mary’s County
and Southern Calvert County

Julia Nichols, Candidate for State Delegate 29C

Living in St. Mary’s County for over 20 years, Nichols established herself as a strong leader and organizer for various community organizations. She worked with the St. Mary’s County Board of Education to establish the Chesapeake Public Charter School, is the founding member of the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir, and has worked for Historic St. Mary’s City and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Combining a strong work ethic and attentive ear, Nichols is an ideal problem solver ready to tackle partisan politics and key issues in Annapolis.

Join Julia Nichols and Brian Crosby for a

Candidate's Listening Tour

Monday, November 13
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Lexington Park Library-Meeting Room A


AnnMarie Abell Campaign Kickoff

Join AnnMarie Abell as she launches her campaign for County Commissioner

Saturday, November 4th
1:00-3:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
Building 1, Multi Purpose Room

Volunteers and Money...

These are the two resources candidates need to win elections! Please visit our candidates' websites to help.

Candidate Websites
State Delegate
Committee to Elect Brian M. Crosby,
Shawn M. Flynn, Treasurer
Friends of Julia Nichols,
Anne Marie Dailey, Treasurer


County Commissioner
Friends of AnnMarie Abell,
Joan C. Devlin, Treasurer

Look for more candidate filings next month...


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