The Maryland Democratic Party on Monday announced the first two forums in what it said would be a series of events featuring candidates for state party chair.
For the moment, the only confirmed candidate is the interim chair. Former Marriott executive and 8th District congressional candidate Kathleen Matthews was elected to the post by the party’s executive committee on March 1. Former Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin appears to be testing the waters; on Crowdpac, a crowdfunding site, she is listed as a “potential candidate.” Ervin had charged that Matthews’s election, which came with the blessing of the state’s senior Democrats, lacked transparency.
All 24 central committee delegations — 23 counties plus Baltimore City — will meet on May 6 in Greenbelt to elect a chair. Monday’s announcement also included filing deadlines and other rules that will govern the election.
“Our goal is to have an open, inclusive and transparent election process for our next chair that reflects our party’s demographic and geographic diversity,” party parliamentarian Greg Pecoraro said in a statement. Pecoraro is leading a committee overseeing the election.
Bruce Poole, a former member of the House of Delegates, stepped down earlier this month after two years as chair.
The first forum will be April 1 at the Young Democrats of Maryland convention in Largo. The second is scheduled for April 29 after the Western Maryland Democratic Summit in Rocky Gap.