Maryland Democrats gathered at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Cumberland on Saturday afternoon for the 15th Annual Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Roundtable discussions took place on issues like climate change, jobs, immigration, the opioid crisis and more.
“This is the most important election of our life time, nothing even comes close to this,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin who represents Maryland’s 8th district.
A straw poll took place Saturday afternoon to forecast the candidate who will emerge as the democratic nominee in the election of 2020.
Attendees discussed their preferences on what they’re looking for in democratic candidates for the election.
“Someone who can uplift and listen to the voices of disenfranchised Americans and Marylanders, making sure that they are looking for a way that the government can break down barriers that hold people back from achieving their full potential,” saidBrooke Lierman, State Delegate for District 46.
“Compassion, civility, and competence. Those are the three things I’ve spoken about throughout the campaign,” said Congressman David Trone who represents the U.S. 6th district.
“Being able to bridge the divide that we’re seeing that’s pulling the country apart…I think there is a moderate majority growing out there that feel like both parties don’t truly represent them. And I think there [are] some folks who are trying to bridge that gap,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, the President and CEO for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
Valuable workshops, topics of interest to candidates, and networking opportunities have established the summit’s reputation as a signature event in Maryland politics.