The Political Process

With the political season in full swing, Oak Crest Now is your source for information on upcoming political events.
With the political season in full swing, Oak Crest Now is your source for information on upcoming political events.

by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

It might be hard to believe, but the Presidential Election is still a little under 6 months away. With the seemingly endless barrage of political advertisements, robo-calls, and news stories, many might be led to believe that the election is only a few short days away. All this information can lead to some confusion as to when the most important dates and information can be found. That’s where Oak Crest TV comes in.

Oak Crest TV and it’s flagship show, Oak Crest Now, will be making sure that residents stay informed on the who, what, where, when, and how. Just a few weeks ago, Nadine Wellington started the conversation on her show, In The Loop, by discussing the need for Election volunteers and the new voting machines that all voters will see in the November election as well as the Primary election later this month. Nadine spoke with residents Jim & Jo Fennessey about how the voting process will work, and they had a video from a neighboring county demonstrating how the new voting machines and process will work.

In this video from the Carroll County Board of Elections, the new voting methods are demonstrated.
In this video from the Carroll County Board of Elections, the new voting methods are demonstrated.

Oak Crest Now will feature more news on voting as the Presidential Election in November approaches, but for residents interested in revisiting the previously mentioned show, it can be found on demand at this link.

Learning about the candidates is also important to our residents. State Senator Kathy Klausmeier, and Delegates Eric Bromwell and John Cluster are regular guests on Oak Crest Now and the show has also seen appearances from Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, Former Governors Martin O’Malley and Robert Ehrlich, and Former Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. The next politician to be featured is current U.S. Representative and U.S. Senatorial candidate Chris Van Hollen.

Van Hollen does not represent Oak Crest in the U.S. House of Representatives (Oak Crest is part of District 3 which is represented by John Sarbanes), but is running to fill the seat left vacant by the retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. He’s been a Representative since he took office in 2003. His district, the 8th Congressional district, includes most of Montgomery County, as well as portions of Carroll and Frederick counties.

Van Hollen will be on campus for a brief meet and greet with the residents on Friday, April 8th from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Oak Crest Garden Room. After he meets with the residents, he’ll sit down with Public Relations manager Jeff Getek to discuss his life, his history in politics, and his plans should he be elected to the U.S. Senate. If you’d like to see the interview, it will air on Oak Crest Now on Thursday, April 14th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will also be available on Friday at www.oakcresttv.com.

Van Hollen has a tough race in store for him during the primaries with many other candidates vying for the position, including fellow representative Donna Edwards. The primary elections are important to both parties because it will decide which party candidate will be representing them during the upcoming elections in November. The Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, April 26th. You must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in the respective primaries, and unfortunately, the deadline to declare a party has since passed, but there is still time to register to vote in the November General Election. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 18th (registration is currently closed until May 9th)

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