Election 2018: Candidate Interviews (Primary — June 26, 2018)

As we tried to figure out how to best handle the 2018 Elections, we realized that there were entirely too many races and candidates (and way too few of us) to produce, forums, debates, and individual interviews as we had for last year’s Annapolis City elections.

So, what we decided was to look at specific races that we felt were critical, hotly contested, or just interesting to us and gave each candidate the opportunity to “pitch” us for 10 minutes. The premise was “I am a new voter, why do I vote for you?”

They could use the 10 minutes as they saw fit and could stop at any time. At the 10 minute mark–we hung up.  If you have not had a chance to hear from these candidates, please take a listen!

We reached out to every candidate multiple times and asked for 15 minutes of their time. If we do not have a recording, it is because they were non-responsive. If they contact us after publication, we will update this posting. We will be re-grouping and figuring out a plan for the general election in November. Stay tuned!

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SENATE DISTRICT 30 (DEMOCRAT)

Sarah Elfreth (D) Note: Expressed interest in participating, unable to schedule by deadline. Will update if possible.

Chrissy Holt (D)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT 30A (DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN)

Darren Burns (R) Note: Expressed interest in participating, unable to schedule by deadline. Will update if possible.

Chelsea Gill (R)

Bob O’Shea (R)

Doug Rathell (R)

Aron Axe (D)

Michael Busch (D) — DID NOT RESPOND

Alice Cain (D)

Mary Reese (D) — DID NOT RESPOND

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT 31B (DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN)

Brian Chisholm (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

Nic Kipke (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

John Leopold (R)

Dave Therrien (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

Harry Freeman (D) — DID NOT RESPOND

Karen Simpson (D)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT 33 (DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN)

Tom Angelis (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

Stacie MacDonald (R)

Mike Malone (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

Tony McConkey (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

Connor McCoy (R)

Sis Saab (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

Jerry Walker (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

Heather Bagnall (D)

Tracey Hovermale (D) — DID NOT RESPOND

Pam Luby (D) Note: Expressed interest in participating, unable to schedule by deadline. Will update if possible.

CIRCUIT COURT JUSTICE FOR DISTRICT 5 (ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY)

Claudia Barber

Robert Burton — DID NOT RESPOND

Mark Crooks — DID NOT RESPOND

Annette DeCesaris

Kathleen Elmore — DID NOT RESPOND

Rev. Rickey Nelson Jones

Nevin Young — DID NOT RESPOND

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY OFFICE (REPUBLICAN)

Wes Adams (R)

Kathy Rogers (R)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SHERIFF (REPUBLICAN)

Ron Bateman (R)

Jim Fredericks (R)

Damon Ostis (R)

Beth Smith (R)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 (REPUBLICAN)

Amanda Fiedler (R)

Michael Peroutka (R) — DID NOT RESPOND

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6 (DEMOCRAT)

Scott MacMullan (D)

Lisa Rodvien (D)

Former Annapolis Alderman Jared Littmann pulls back the curtain on life as an elected official (E-68)

Popular Annapolis Alderman from Ward 5 and owner of local
hardware store, K&B True Value, Jared Littmann completes five years in city government and finally gets his life back! Jared sits down with The Maryland Crabs to give an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to serve as an elected official. How does one decide to run? What happens when you actually win? Are your constituents a pain? How do you know what to do in your first meeting? Jared fills us in on all that and his future plans.

And hey, check out the Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief!  10 minutes every day at noon will bring you up to speed on all the LOCAL issues, sports, weather, events and opinions in Annapolis and  Anne Arundel County.  Here’s your link… http://bit.ly/EOA-DNB

The Maryland Crabs Podcast is usually recorded at The Commons overlooking beautiful West Street in Annapolis. The Commons is the City’s first co-working space and it is an incredibly cool one…purely because we are there! Not really, but do check it out!

Hey, before you zone out—do us a favor. Head over to Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), Google Play or wherever you listen to us and leave us a rating and if you have time a comment. Not only does it elevate (or shatter) our egos, it really helps with getting the word out about this podcast. Thanks!

If you are just joining us…. every week, our full episodes drop at noon on Thursdays. We have smaller Crabcake episodes that will drop whenever we damn well please!  Make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out!

NOW ON YOUTUBE!! 

Better yet, go to wherever you find your podcasts like iTunes or Google Play or iHeartRADIO or Stitcher or tunein or even your Amazon Echo and subscribe and rate! You’ll get new episodes automatically delivered to your device every time there is a new one!

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Personally, on Twitter, find Tim at @timhamilton47 and John at @eyeonannapolis

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Councilman Jerry Walker talks about attacks on his candidacy for the House of Delegates (E-67)

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Anne Arundel County Councilman Jerry Walker (R-Dist 7) is under attack from his own party. The term-limited Republican is fending off false accusations and twisted truth in negative mailers that have been sent by the House Republican Caucus headed by Minority Leader Delegate Nic Kipke.

Website: JerryWalker.org (coming soon)
Email: Jerry@JerryWalker.org (email with questions or concerns)

Coming up….former County Executive John R. Leopold, Baltimore County Executive and Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Kamenetz,  Maryland State Delegate Nic Kipke (if he will ever return my email), Heather Mizeur, Delegate Herb McMillan, County Councilman Jerry Walker, and a few more surprises!

And hey, check out the Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief!  10 minutes every day at noon will bring you up to speed on all the LOCAL issues, sports, weather, events and opinions in Annapolis and  Anne Arundel County.  Here’s your link… http://bit.ly/EOA-DNB

The Maryland Crabs Podcast is usually recorded at The Commons overlooking beautiful West Street in Annapolis. The Commons is the City’s first co-working space and it is an incredibly cool one…purely because we are there! Not really, but do check it out!

Hey, before you zone out—do us a favor. Head over to Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), Google Play or wherever you listen to us and leave us a rating and if you have time a comment. Not only does it elevate (or shatter) our egos, it really helps with getting the word out about this podcast. Thanks!

If you are just joining us…. every week, our full episodes drop at noon on Thursdays. We have smaller Crabcake episodes that will drop whenever we damn well please!  Make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out!

NOW ON YOUTUBE!! 

Better yet, go to wherever you find your podcasts like iTunes or Google Play or iHeartRADIO or Stitcher or tunein or even your Amazon Echo and subscribe and rate! You’ll get new episodes automatically delivered to your device every time there is a new one!

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!

HELPFUL LINKS

If you want to find us, click on the links below:

Personally, on Twitter, find Tim at @timhamilton47 and John at @eyeonannapolis

Annapolis Mayor-Elect Gavin Buckley’s First Interview (E-65)

Just about 16 hours after the polls closed, Annapolis Mayor-Elect Gavin Buckley spoke with the Maryland Crabs about his campaign, his win, and his expectations for the next four years.

What does he think of City employees? How does he feel about historic preservation? What type of administration can we expect from the Aussie?  And did we really almost lose the campaign for him?

Coming up….former County Executive John R. Leopold, Baltimore County Executive and Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Kamenetz,  Maryland State Delegate Nic Kipke (if he will ever return my email), Heather Mizeur, Delegate Herb McMillan, outgoing Mayor Michael Pantelides, and a few more surprises!

And hey, check out the Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief!  10 minutes every day at noon will bring you up to speed on all the LOCAL issues, sports, weather, events and opinions in Annapolis and  Anne Arundel County.  Here’s your link… http://bit.ly/EOA-DNB

The Maryland Crabs Podcast is usually recorded at The Commons overlooking beautiful West Street in Annapolis. The Commons is the City’s first co-working space and it is an incredibly cool one…purely because we are there! Not really, but do check it out!

Hey, before you zone out—do us a favor. Head over to Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), Google Play or wherever you listen to us and leave us a rating and if you have time a comment. Not only does it elevate (or shatter) our egos, it really helps with getting the word out about this podcast. Thanks!

If you are just joining us…. every week, our full episodes drop at noon on Thursdays. We have smaller Crabcake episodes that will drop whenever we damn well please!  Make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out!

NOW ON YOUTUBE!! 

Better yet, go to wherever you find your podcasts like iTunes or Google Play or iHeartRADIO or Stitcher or tunein or even your Amazon Echo and subscribe and rate! You’ll get new episodes automatically delivered to your device every time there is a new one!

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!

HELPFUL LINKS

If you want to find us, click on the links below:

Personally, on Twitter, find Tim at @timhamilton47 and John at @eyeonannapolis

CRABCAKES: Interviews (17) with Aldermanic Candidates for Annapolis

Below are audio interviews originally published by The Maryland Crabs Podcast (go on and subscribe) with the Aldermanic Candidates for the upcoming City of Annapolis primary election.

We reached out to all 18 candidates and all but one, Larry Claussen a Republican in Ward 1, responded. We fanned out across the City, usually meeting at a local business, and each candidate was presented with essentially the same questions in order to allow listeners to compare the candidates apples-to-apples. There was no pre-set time limit, so some are fairly brief and others are somewhat long. We have also included links to their campaign websites and social media pages where available.  You can read the questions below.

A note on recording and editing: These interviews were conducted all over the City. Some were in homes, many were in coffee shops. Many will have some background noise that we tried to mitigate as best as possible. The interviews are presented as they happened. Long pauses, coughs, passing loud cars, very loud background noise, and excessive “uhms” have been removed to keep it relatively listenable. A note on the release schedule for these podcasts. There is nothing nefarious–We started with Ward 1 and worked through Ward 8. Within each ward, the candidates are listed alphabetically by their last name.

If you missed the Mayoral Forum we hosted in June, you can catch it here.

And in the upcoming weeks, The Maryland Crabs will have hour-long interviews with all of the Mayoral candidates leading into the primary.

As usual, we will not endorse any candidate in this election; however we will be publishing an editorial about our best guesses for the results and our reasoning. Stay tuned.

WARD 1

  • Larry Claussen (Republican)

    • No Response
  • Elly Tierney (Democrat)

WARD 2

WARD 3 (No Challenger)

WARD 4

  • Toni Strong-Pratt (Democrat)

WARD 5 (Vacant Seat)

  • Marc Rodriguez (Democrat)

WARD 6 (Vacant Seat)

WARD 7 (Vacant Seat)

    • David Frankel (Republican)

  • Rob Savidge (Democrat)

  • Alexus Viegas (Democrat)

WARD 8

    • John “Bumper” Moyer (Democrat)

Questions

  1. Specifically what is the single most pressing issue facing the ward?
  2. Likewise, what is the single most pressing issue facing the city?
  3. Where do you stand on development?
  4. How will you go about working together with a mayor or councilmembers that are of the opposite party?
  5. What has this present council and Mayor done that you would have done differently?
  6. The city needs money. How do you get it? Borrow more? Raise Taxes? Cut Services?
  7. How many hours are you prepared to contribute to this position weekly?
  8. How do you plan to keep your constituents up to date on what’s happening in the ward or city, your thoughts etc.?
  9. Many have said there are two Annapolis’s. How can we move toward “one Annapolis”?
  10. So, about you. Why are you running? What are your qualifications?
  11. Where can we learn more?