Newsletter 10/29/2020

CCDemClub NEWSLETTER #192, 10/29/2020

NOTE: The Newsletter is changing! For starters, we’re streamlining the content, with large chunks now LINKED, and related items grouped together more.

We will be soliciting ideas and suggestions – watch your inboxes for that Blast, probably after the election!

NEW and UPDATED items are marked and highlighted in the Table of Contents, and in the details.

For UPDATED items, I’ll try to highlight the changed or new bits (like this!)
For information on joining the club, see “About the Club” at the end of the newsletter.

Any problems, or to submit items for the newsletter, email me at wils…
– Mark


Some folks were asking… Club meetings are on hold for now. We are looking into what would be required to hold Zoom meetings, and naturally in-person meetings will likely not resume for quite some time. Any meetings WILL be announced well in advance in this newsletter, and will also be listed on the CCDEMS Calendar:

Last-Minute Items: Two Rallies, and Support (NEW)

An evening with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, With Special Guests Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony Brown
Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm

Monday, November 2, 6pm: RALLY: At HQ (295 East Main St., Westminster). We have plenty of volunteers for sign rally. Weather permitting, please stop by after 6:00 for an outdoor, socially distanced RALLY.

Tuesday, November 3, 10am-6pm: HQ Will Be OPEN!   Headquarters (295 East Main St., Westminster) will open on Election Day from 10:00 am –  about 6:00 pm,  for any last minute issues or questions.

Note from the President (NEW)

Dear friends,

I hope this finds you all doing well.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Carroll County Democrats Victory Silent Online Auction which raised over $2,000! We appreciate all those individuals and businesses who donated items and those who bid on items or made a financial donation.

If you were a winner of the Auction – Congratulations! Your item will be available for pick up at CC Democrats 2020 headquarters which is located at 295 East Main St., Westminster.  You will need to show your photo identification to receive your item. Auction items will only be released to the actual winner, unless other arrangements are made. Please show your identification to the front desk volunteer and let them know what item you are picking up. The volunteer will have a list of auction items and winners. Please allow the volunteer to retrieve your item. No item may be removed without checking in with the scheduled headquarters’ volunteer. Any item containing alcohol will only be distributed to a recipient that is at least 21 years of age. Proper ID is required. If someone other than the winner is going to pick up your item, you must contact slo… or emds… .

Distribution of items began on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. We would appreciate all items being picked up by Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Headquarters hours of operations:

Tuesdays             11-4

Thursdays           3-7

Saturdays           10-2

If you have any issues picking up your item, please contact emds… Include your name and description of your item.


Please VOTE!

Five more days until Election Day and the end of our 2020 Election season. If you have not already voted, you can vote by:

1.Taking your mail-in ballot to one of these drop box locations:

Drop boxes are available through 8pm on Tuesday, November 3 every day, 24 hours a day. They are located at:

Board of Elections Office 300 S Center St. Westminster, MD 21157

Liberty High School 5855 Bartholow Rd. Sykesville, MD 21784

North Carroll Senior Center 2328 Hanover Pike Hampstead, MD 21074

Taneytown Police Station 120 E Baltimore St. Taneytown, MD 21787

South Carroll Swim Club 1900 W Liberty Rd. Westminster, MD 21157

Westminster Senior Center 125 Stoner Ave. Westminster, MD 21157

2. Voting early in-person:

Early Voting will be held from Monday, October 26-Monday, November 2 from 7am-8pm every day, including Saturday and Sunday. It will be located at the Westminster Senior Center and South Carroll Swim Club.

3. Voting in person on election day

Election Day will be on Tuesday, November 3 from 7am-8pm. A limited number of vote centers will be available. Voters in Carroll County can go to any of these sites to vote on election day.

Francis Scott Key High School 3825 Bark Hill Rd. Union Bridge, MD 21791

Liberty High School 5855 Bartholow Rd. Sykesville, MD 21784

Manchester Valley High School 3300 Maple Grove Rd. Manchester, MD 21102

Old New Windsor Community Room 1100 Green Valley Rd. New Windsor, MD 21776

North Carroll Middle School 2401 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074

Parr’s Ridge Elementary School 202 Watersville Rd. Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Pleasant Valley Fire Hall 2030 S Pleasant Valley Rd. Westminster, MD 21158

Sandymount Elementary 2222 Old Westminster Pike Finksburg, MD  21048

South Carroll High School 1300 W Old Liberty Rd. Sykesville, MD 21784

South Carroll Swim Club 1900 W Liberty Rd. Westminster, MD 21157

Taneytown Elementary School 100 Kings Dr. Taneytown, MD 21787

Westminster Senior Center 125 Stoner Ave. Westminster, MD 21157

Winter’s Mill High School 560 Gorsuch Rd. Westminster, MD 21157

*Voting information can be found on the website of the Carroll County Board of Elections at

Take care of yourselves and stay well. Wear your mask, socially distance and wash your hands.  And most importantly – VOTE!

Kate Sanner

President of the CC Democratic Club

Video Message from Jamie Raskin

A message for Carroll County Dems from Congressman Raskin!

Your CC Democratic Club in Action

We may not be meeting in person, but the CC Democratic Club is still doing good in the community and speaking up on important issues.

Here are some of the Club’s latest initiatives:

  1. The Club will be holding its election year Sign Rally on Monday, November 2 from 6 – 6:30 PM. Volunteers have been assigned vote centers at which to put up signs and sign bundles will be ready for porch pick up at Dem HQ at 295 East Main St. in Westminster. Sign bundles will include signs for: Biden/Harris, either Jamie Raskin or Mia Mason depending on Congressional District you live in, Virginia Harrison for Board of Education, and Laura Morton for Judge of the Circuit Court-Carroll County.

  1. Donated $100.00 through our Good Works Fund to The Shepherd’s Staff which serves those in crisis in Carroll County, Maryland

  1. Donated $500.00 to the “Get Mitch or Die Trying” fund that donates to Democrats running in top Senate races. This fund splits evenly between Steve Bullock (MT), Sara Gideon (ME), MJ Hegar (TX), Jaime Harrison (SC), John Hickenlooper (CO), Alan Gross (AK), Mike Espy (MS), Jon Ossoff (GA), Doug Jones (AL), Gary Peters (MI), Theresa Greenfield (IA), Raphael Warnock(GA), Barbara Bollier (KS), and Cal Cunningham  (NC).

  1. GOTV postcard campaign – The Club is in the midst of sending out Get Out the Vote postcards to Carroll County voters. We have so many wonderful volunteers who are writing a great message on these postcards, then addressing, stamping, and mailing them.

  1. Sponsoring the Carroll County Democrats Victory Auction. Join the Carroll County Democratic Club in supporting Democratic candidates, values, and progress for all in Carroll County, MD.  Proceeds from this auction will go toward efforts to get Joe Biden elected, as well as Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.  Let’s have a Blue Wave in Carroll County in 2020!

  1. July 2020: Contributed $100 through our Good Work’s Fund to Carroll County Food Sunday (CCFS).

“CCFS distributes a weekly, nutritionally balanced grocery package that is predicated on household size and is meant to last 3-4 days. It includes meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, breads and milk. Over 400 families a week are served at our Westminster, Eldersburg and Taneytown locations.”

Please go to their website – – to learn about their hours of operation and to learn how you can help. The need is so great right now for many families, please consider making your own contribution if you are able.

  1. July 2020: Signed on in support of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative resolution titled “Health Equity Resource Communities Initiative”.

As the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative states “All Marylanders deserve access to high-quality, affordable health care. However, health inequities based on race, ethnicity, and place of residence persist throughout the state, as shown in maternal and infant mortality rates and other measures. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed these health inequities and highlighted the need to address them and otherwise improve health outcomes in our state. In underserved areas of the state, people with chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and substance and mental health disorders have worse health outcomes and are less able to get the care and treatment they need.”

Their solution


We are advocating for Maryland to create and fund Health Equity Resource Communities to help reduce health inequities. The Communities will provide grants, tax incentives, and health care provider loan repayment assistance to locations in the state with poor health outcomes that contribute to racial, ethnic, and geographic health inequities. They will be modeled after the successful 2012-2016 Health Enterprise Zones Program which successfully increased access to health resources, improved residents’ health, reduced hospital admissions, and created cost savings. Supporting health will help reduce preventable hospital admissions, which will result in lower overall health care costs, including lower insurance premiums for everyone.”

To learn more, to get on to Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative’s mailing list, or to have your organization endorse the Health Equity Resource Communities Resolution, go to

  1. May 2020: Contributed $100 through our Good Work’s Fund to the Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. (HSP). Their Director of Development was to have been our speaker at the Club’s May meeting which was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Club also participated with an entry titled ”It Takes A Village” in HSP’s 4th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival in November 2019.


“HSP gives HOPE, inspires CHANGE, and provides OPPORTUNITY by mobilizing our community in the fight against poverty.”

Hope, change, and opportunity are the driving forces behind everything we do at Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. We believe that with the right support, everyone can embrace hope, make meaningful changes, and take advantage of opportunities that will lead to a fulfilling and self-sufficient life.”

To learn more about HSP and to make a monetary donation during these critical times, please go to

The website page has also been updated:

Kate Sanner’s latest Moving Forward Podcast

Kate Sanner, host of Moving Forward, interviews Mia Mason who is running for Congress in Maryland Congressional District One. Mason discusses her plans and policies on key issues such as health care, jobs and the economy, the environment and climate change, education, veterans’ issues, and COVID-19.

Permalink URL –

Direct Download URL –

Help Flip the First!

Let’s defeat congressman Andy Harris! If you can pass out campaign literature at any of Carroll County’s voting centers during early voting or on Election Day, email lau… or call (410) 94-MASON.

Protect our Voting Rights! Poll Watchers help assure that in-person voting goes smoothly and legally. A candidate’s poll watcher is the Democratic Party’s eyes and ears at polling places. If an irregularity occurs, you are the person who contacts MDP to alert the party’s legal team and get them into action. If you’re that person, contact lau… or visit the Maryland Democratic  Party website,


The State Board of Elections says that early voting will begin October 26. Each early voting center will be open continuously from 7 am to 8 pm each day. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

There are TWO early voting centers in Carroll County:

  • Westminster Senior Activities Center, 125 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157

  • South Carroll Swim Club, 1900 W. Liberty Road, Westminster, MD 21157 (west of Eldersburg)


NOW OPEN: Carroll Co. Democratic Headquarters!

Details and Pictures Now Available:

Mail-In Ballot Request Link AND VIDEO

VOCAL Carroll County Voting FAQ

Carroll County FB Page for Biden!


BIDEN/HARRIS and RASKIN yard signs are available.   Please email ccmdde…  and indicate if you can pick up in Westminster or you need them delivered.  Donations to offset cost are welcomed.

Central Committee Billboard is LIVE!

It is located by the Sheetz on Baltimore Blvd. (Rt. 140) in Westminster.

Action Steps to Stay Politically Active While Staying at Home

A reminder on how important it is to vote:

We now have 61 (was 59) members, in 42 (was 41) memberships, with at least 23 (was 21) NEW/FIRST-TIME MEMBERS!

THE CLUB NOW TAKES PAYPAL! Details & instructions:

Mia Mason Information

Jamie Raskin’s mobile office info




Learn about the “Black Lives Matter” Movement

VOCAL Carroll County


Get Your Coronavirus Mask!

Patriots Resist Rallies Information

Request from the Humane Society of Carroll County


October 29: ONLINE Evening with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (NEW)

With Special Guests Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony Brown, Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm

October 31: Patriots Resist Rally

Saturdays, 1-2 pm, across from the Westminster Public Library.

See for details and contact information.

November 2: Rally at Headquarters (NEW)

Monday, November 2, 6pm: RALLY: At HQ (295 East Main St., Westminster). We have plenty of volunteers for sign rally. Weather permitting, please stop by after 6:00 for an outdoor, socially distanced RALLY.

November 3: Issues? Questions? Headquarters will be OPEN! (NEW)

Tuesday, November 3, 10am-6pm: HQ Will Be OPEN!   Headquarters (295 East Main St., Westminster) will open on Election Day from 10:00 am –  about 6:00 pm,  for any last minute issues or questions.

May 20, 2021: CCDCC Victory Dinner RESCHEDULED – Mark your calendars!

The Carroll County Democratic Central Committee has RESCHEDULED its Annual Victory Dinner and Silent Auction, for Thursday, MAY 20, 2021 at Martin’s Westminster. NOTE THE NEW DATE! (Changed from September 2020)

About the Club


We work to promote Democratic ideals and candidates. We also present speakers on topics of interest to voters at our meetings. We’re based in Westminster.

Officers and meeting information:
The newsletter will always have the LATEST information on upcoming meetings.

The meeting minutes are posted in our Google Group folder:

To pay CCDemClub annual dues, send a check made out to “”CCDemClub” to:

      Mark Wilson, Treasurer, 1699 King Richard Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.

$15 for a single, $25 for a couple. You will receive a spiffy club membership card in the mail!
Back to our regularly-scheduled program….

About the Newsletter

We send out a weekly newsletter listing all the news and upcoming events for the next month or so, emphasizing the newly-added or updated events.

As always, you can also go to at any time to see the full calendar and details.

To ADD an EVENT: send the information, including (if possible) a URL, to Mark Wilson, wils…

The newsletter was first published on February 25, 2017.

Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)

  • To get on the  Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s mailing list, email Tom Scanlan at trsc…

  • To give DIRECTLY to the local food bank, Carroll County Food Sunday, go to the CCFS donation page:
    This page is always available, and ensures your donation directly benefits folks here in Carroll County.

From the Carroll County Democratic Club

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