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to Host Fall Forum & Recption Sept. 17
DC Council, Mayor & Other Officials Invited
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I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful summer! 

The political season is heating up as the post-primary campaigning gets underway.  Maryland's primaries were marked by unexpected upsets and razor-thin wins, while voters in neighboring DC delivered predictable results.

Maryland Democrats chose former NAACP president Benjamin Jealous to take on Governor Larry Hogan in this fall's general election. Jealous took nearly 40 percent of the vote in a crowded field of Democratic candidates, putting him more than 10 points ahead of Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.
In Maryland's 6th congressional district, businessman David Trone won the Democratic nomination, pumping more than 11.5 million dollars of his own money into his successful bid. Trone will face Republican Amie Hoeber for the seat being vacated by Rep. John Delaney who is running for president.
There were some stunning upsets in the Maryland General Assembly, including powerful Senate Finance Chairman Thomas "Mac" Middleton who lost his seat after six terms. Reaffirming that every vote counts, the Democratic winners for County Executive in Baltimore County and Montgomery County won by just 17 votes and 79 votes respectively.

Incumbents swept June's Democratic primary in the District. Mayor Muriel Bowser and U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will be back on the ballot in November. Also returning, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen. H istorically winners in the Democratic primary go on to win in the general election. There is only one Republican running in November.

We continue to build relationships with the DC Council. Last week we met with Councilmembers Robert White (At-Large) and Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1) to discuss financial reality fairs, financial exploitation of seniors, and foreclosure issues in the District.  We have shared the frustration our member credit unions have experienced with the haphazard, expensive and time-consuming foreclosure process. The councilmembers were receptive and are willing to listen. In our upcoming meetings, we will continue to pursue this issue and try to develop a consumer and lender-friendly solution.

The DC Attorney General's Office is creating a new section focused on stopping financial elder abuse, and has been very receptive to collaborating with credit unions on the issue. 

Please join us for a special DC Chapter Meeting & Reception on Monday, September 17, a Fall Forum on Advocacy. DC Councilmembers, mayor, attorney general and other officials are invited. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer!
John Bratsakis