Vollmer keeps it going

[published in The Montgomery Sentinel, March 6-12, 2008, p. 5]

To the Editor:

            While the results of the Maryland Democratic Primary for the 8th Congressional District are still unofficial, it is clear from the Maryland State Board of Elections website that I received in excess of eleven thousand votes, approximately 9.3 % of the votes cast.  That result was achieved with no fundraising and no paid advertising, with a simple message that our current representative, Chris Van Hollen, has failed to use his leadership to end the War in Iraq, and bring our troops home.

            I wish to thank those who voted for me, and I also wish to thank the Sentinel for covering this campaign—something that the rest of the print media failed to do.

            I hope that my campaign for the 8th Congressional District seat sent a message to our current representative that we, his constituents, want him to take bold leadership in ending this war—by pledging to vote for no more funding for this war (save that necessary to bring the troops home immediately), and by sticking to his pledge.  He has about eight months between now and the general election to make such a pledge, and to show that he is serious about keeping it.

            In the meantime, I want your readers to know that I have decided to carry on this campaign, as a write-in candidate in the general election.  The strength of this particular effort will no doubt develop in inverse proportion to the resolve of Chris Van Hollen to exert new leadership in ending this war.

            I invite your readers to take a look at my website at http://www.deborahvollmer.com for further information on my write-in campaign for the 8th Congressional District seat.

Deborah A. Vollmer

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