Political Notes: Delaney Breaks Out Ab Roller to Promote Campaign Video

Political Notes: Delaney Breaks Out Ab Roller to Promote Campaign Video

Plus: Fourth candidate joins 8th District race; County Council appoints first African-American female clerk

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Presidential candidate John Delaney in a still from a workout video he posted on Twitter

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Delaney breaks out ab roller to promote campaign video

Presidential candidate John Delaney showed off his ab workout in a 46-second video posted to Twitter last week.

“A few sets of Ab rollers are a good way to start a workout,” Delaney wrote online as he continues to highlight fitness as part of his campaign. “All the other candidates should be ‘rolling’ out specific plans to solve our nations challenges.”

The post promoted a 30-minute documentary outlining Delaney’s own plans for the Oval Office. The candidate unveiled a series of infomercials in November, which are scheduled to air in Iowa in the months leading up to the state’s caucuses in February.

Delaney, who lives in Potomac, represented Maryland’s 6th District for three terms before running for president. He has focused heavily on Iowa since declaring his candidacy in the fall of 2017. He’s spent more time there than any other candidate, hosting 229 events over 80 days.

Recent polls still show Delaney trailing his competitors at less than 1%. He did not qualify for the latest Democratic debate.

Fourth candidate joins 8th District race

Nicholas Gladden, a Republican from Harford County, joined the race for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District this week.

He joins Michael Yadeta, a fellow Republican from Silver Spring. On the Democratic side Lih Young, from Rockville, has filed to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin.

Raskin has become a high-profile political figure as a member of the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. He announced his re-election campaign at the start of January.

Washington County Republican joins 6th District race

Washington County Republican Neil Parrott has announced his candidacy for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, joining two other candidates, including incumbent U.S. Rep. David Trone.

Trone plans to mount an “aggressive” campaign for re-election, according to spokeswoman Hannah Muldavin.

Parrott, a resident of one of the westernmost counties in the district, has said he wants to bring the true values of his district down to Washington, D.C. His website lists lower taxes, job growth, and immigration enforcement as some of his primary issues.

He told Maryland Matters that he would ban federal funding for abortions and work to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  

Parrott is a state delegate for District 2A in Washington County. He lives with his wife and three children in Hagerstown, where he helped organize the Hagerstown Tea Party in 2008.

Democrat Maxx Bero, a government teacher at Watkins Mill High School, is also running for the seat.

Montgomery County Council appoints first African-American female clerk

The Montgomery County Council appointed its first African American female clerk at a meeting last Tuesday.

Selena Mendy Singleton joins the council staff with “more than 15 years of experience in coalition building and civic engagement,” Council President Nancy Navarro posted on Twitter. 

“We also need to note that this has been a year with a lot of historic firsts for the council,” Navarro added at the meeting. “… We are thrilled and excited and look forward to working with you.”

Council members interviewed Singleton on Oct. 15.

She received her juris doctorate from the Columbia University School of Law and formerly served as the chief operating officer for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

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