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.
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.
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.
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.
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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