HCC to host county board of education candidate forum; county Dems appoint new member

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HCC to host Washington County Board of Education candidate forum

Students from the Political Science Club at Hagerstown Community College are hosting a public forum for candidates seeking election for Washington County Board of Education — a nonpartisan position.

The forum will be Wednesday, April 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Kepler Theater at HCC. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peggy Mothershed at 301-800-8619 or mmothershed@student.hagerstowncc.edu.

Three seats for the board of education will be on the ballot this coming election. The primary is July 19, though early voting starts July 7. If there are at least seven candidates, the top six vote-getters move on to the General Election on Nov. 8.

County Democratic Central Committee appoints new member

The Washington County Democratic Central Committee announced last week the appointment of new member Angela Yamashita.

The committee, which has gender-specific positions to maintain gender balance, had been interviewing female candidates for several weeks.

Yamashita oversees a literacy and mentoring program for youth in the Hagerstown area and has worked in health care and nonprofits in the past.

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"I am excited to use my voice and experience working with youth and families of Washington County to engage more voters and to help elect the candidates who will work to serve the people in our community," Yamashita said in a news release. "And advocate for policies that will make Washington County better for everyone."

Angela Yamashita has been appointed as a new member of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee.
Angela Yamashita has been appointed as a new member of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee.

Yamashita had already filed to run for the county Democratic Central Committee in the 2022 Primary Election. Given the Maryland Democratic Party rule changes made in 2021, the current Democratic Central Committee members will serve until after the General Election.

Local political organization adds live music to its meetings

As part of their monthly meetings, political organization Cobblers and Carpenters for Liberty has added live music. Local Musician Elsa Shaw will open each meeting with her indie-music focused performances.

Shaw will be performing at 5:30 p.m. on the sixth of the month from May to December at Tony's Pizza, near Hagerstown Regional Airport at 14224 Pennsylvania Ave. Charity Parrott will be performing on July 6 instead of Shaw.

Cobblers and Carpenters is a local political organization that focuses on what an Article V Convention of States might look like, according to the organizations website.

Former U.S. government employee files to run for Congress once more

George Gluck, former U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services employee, filed to run for congress in the Maryland 6th Congressional District race.

Gluck has ran for congress in the district in 2014, 2016, 2018 and in 2020. He has filed under the Green Party in the past, but filed as a Democrat this time around.

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