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March 5, 2017

Dr. Politics:

Dr. Politics:
So, You Want to Run for Office in 2018
by Dwight Patel

Congratulations on your decision to run for elected office in Maryland in 2018. I have run twice myself, and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.  The offices we need to field candidates for in Maryland in 2018 include the entire State Senate and House of Delegates as well as 8 seats in the
U. S. House of Representatives plus County Council/Commissioners, County Executive, Sheriff, and Registrar of Wills.  On the state level, we will be working hard to re-elect Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, an Attorney General and a State Comptroller, along with Circuit Court Judges and members of your local Republican Central Committees.

Federal Offices
Office Sought Age U.S. Citizen State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Election Year
President 35 Natural born Citizen 14 years a resident within the United States   4 years from January 20th 2020
Vice President 35 Natural born Citizen 14 years a resident within the United States   4 years from January 20th 2020
U.S. Senate 30 9 years & US CITIZEN Inhabitant of the State at the time of the election   6 years from January 3rd 2018
U.S. Congress 25 7 years & US CITIZEN Inhabitant of the State at the time of the election   2 years from January 3rd 2018


State Offices
Office Sought Age State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Election Year
Governor 30 5 years & US CITIZEN   4 years from 3rd Wed. in January 2018
Lt. Governor 30 5 years & US CITIZEN   4 years from 3rd Wed. in January 2018
Comptroller   US CITIZEN   4 years from 3rd Wed. in January 2018
Attorney General   10 years & US CITIZEN   4 years and Practice law in MD for 10 years 2018
State Senate 25 1 year & US CITIZEN 6 months 4 years from 2nd Wed. in January 2018
House of Delegates 21 1 year & US CITIZEN 6 months 4 years from 2nd Wed. in January 2018
Circuit Court Judge 30 5 years & US CITIZEN 6 months 15 years or until the age of 70 and Member – Maryland Bar 2018



County Offices
Office Sought Age State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Election Year
County Executive   US CITIZEN   4 years 2018
County Council   US CITIZEN   4 years 2018
Co. Commissioners   US CITIZEN   4 years 2018
County Treasurer   US CITIZEN   4 years 2018
State’s Attorney   US CITIZEN Subdivision 2 years – Member – Maryland Bar 4 years 2018
Clerk of the Courts   US CITIZEN   4 years 2018
Register of Wills   US CITIZEN   4 years 2018
Orphans Court Judge   US CITIZEN Subdivision 1 year 4 years 2018
Sheriff 25 5 years Reside w/in subdivision 4 years 2018
Board of Education   US CITIZEN   Vary 2018


Baltimore City Offices
Office Sought Age City Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Election Year
Mayor 25 a resident and qualified voter of Baltimore City for at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
City Comptroller 25 a resident and qualified voter of Baltimore City for at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
President City Council 25 a resident and qualified voter of Baltimore City for at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
Member At Large City Council 21 resident and qualified voter of Baltimore City for 1 year preceding the election   4 years  
District Member City Council 21 resident and qualified voter of the district for which you seek office at least 1 year preceding the election   4 years  







Party Offices
Office Sought Age State Citizen/ Resident District Resident Term of Office Election Year
Central Committee       4 years 2018


These are Maryland’s 8 Congressional Districts

Congressional District 1 – Represented by Congressman Dr. Andy Harris of MD-1 – Republican holds seat – No need for candidates to run in CD1.  Vote Andy Harris for Congress in CD-1 and keep 1 Red.
Congressional District 2 – Currently represented by Democrat Dutch Ruppersburger, who has represented MD-2 since 2002. He has voted for every single tax increase that has come down the pike.  We need to find a good candidate to oppose him.  This seat was previously held by former Gov. Bob Ehrlich and the late Rep. Helen Bentley.  Let’s make CD-2 Red once more in 2018.
Congressional District 3 – Represented by John Sarbanes, the Uber liberal son of Sen. Paul Sarbanes of Sarbanes – Oxley fame.  John Sarbanes, like every other Democrat, supported Barack Obama’s radical agenda. Let’s make CD-3 Red in 2018.
Congressional District 4 – Represented by failed Lt. Governor and gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, who was elected in 2016, and joined the chorus of Trump haters in Washington.  Let’s make CD-4 Red in 2018.
Congressional District 5 – Represented by Rep. Steny “Tax, Tax, Tax, Spend, Spend, Spend Democrat” Hoyer.  In 1992, Rep. Hoyer nearly had a heart attack when Gov. Hogan was the projected winner, but was saved by mystery boxes of ballots that managed to show up and put Steny Hoyer over the top.   Let’s make CD-5 Red once more in 2018.
Congressional District 6 – Represented by John Delaney who purchased this seat after corrupt Democrats in Annapolis Marty-mandered the congressional district which represented western Maryland.   John Delaney is a carpetbagger and isn’t well liked by other Democrats.   Let’s make CD-6 Red once more in 2018.
Congressional District 7 – Represented by Elijah Cummings, who has held this seat since 1996.  Many people suggest the Rep. Cummings should be in jail for the numerous ethics issues that have dogged him over the past several years.   Let’s make CD-7 Red in 2018.
Congressional District 8 – Represented by newly minted radical leftist Democrat Jamie Raskin who hails from Takoma Park, the town that declared itself a Nuclear Free Zone.  TP is home to some of the most radical leftists in America.  Let’s make CD-8 Red once more in 2018.


In addition to this line-up, we will also have a U.S. Senate race in 2018 when radical leftist Democrat Ben Cardin is up for re-election.  We need to find a great candidate for this slot, especially since there is speculation that Cardin will be retiring from the Senate. With the popularity of Governor Hogan, someone like Former MD First Lady Kendell Ehrlich could pull off an upset and beat Democrat Ben Cardin or someone else.  The open Senate seat would create an interesting dynamic, since some of the above congressional seats may become vacant.

Now that you’ve got the offices and districts that need candidates in mind, it’s time for the next step.

Let’s Start with the Basics

Before you announce, it’s important to talk to your spouse, your family and close friends.  Let them know you are thinking about running.  RED FLAG: If your spouse isn’t on board with your plans, then you don’t want to run.  It will lead down a rough and bumpy road.

After you’ve gotten the blessing to run for office from your spouse and family, your first task is to find a campaign treasurer.  You can’t run without one, and you’ll want to find someone who is detail oriented, because you don’t want to be late with filings.   Your treasurer’s name will be on every piece of political material you put out, from your website to tee shirts.  A good rule to follow is that when in doubt,  put the authority line on it.   I will address the authority line in a later column.

After you become a candidate and get a treasurer, you need to go to Annapolis to file. This is a cool location, and depending on which office you are running for, you should make a day of it and take plenty of pictures and videos on the day you file.  Consider doing a Facebook Live right after you file – just something brief.  Congratulations!  You are now a candidate.  My next column will cover do’s and don’ts  for setting up your first campaign event and building a donor list.

Final thoughts

Before you file and make the decision to run for office, depending on the office.  If you are running for State Senate or State Delegate contact the Republican Caucus and spend a day with some of our great elected Republicans in Annapolis.

If you are running for Congress, contact Rep. Dr. Andy Harris, talk to his people and find out the pros and cons to see if this is something you actually want to do.  Speak with the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) as well as the MDGOP.  When I first ran for House of Delegates, I spoke with Sen. Marty Madden and Larry Haines who were my political mentors during the 1994 race.  I also spoke with Sen. Alfonse D’Amato and old family friend Rep. Peter King. If you are interested in running for county office, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh is a great resource, as are many of our Republican County Executives and County Council members around the state.

One more thing: If you’d like to run for office or need advice, feel free to email me at  I have over 20 years of experience in managing and
consulting to various campaigns.


December 29, 2016

2016 Predictions – RECAP

  1. Get ready for blizzards in the Midwest this January and February – HIT
  2. Redskins will choke in wild card game. – HIT
  3. Winners of Iowa caucus 1. Cruz, 2. Rubio 3. Trump – HIT
  4. New Hampshire Primary winners 1. Christie 2. Rubio 3. Cruz – MISSED THIS ONE
  5. Rand Paul Drops out before super Tuesday – HIT
  6. Thunderstorms in Mid-Atlantic and people will lose power – HIT
  7. A Democrat(s) will have to resign from office – I think this happened
  8. Donna Edwards will win the Democrat Primary for US Senate – MISSED THIS ONE
  9. Hillary Clinton will have yet more problems with campaign and yet do another re-boot. – HIT – I lost Count of all the reboots
  10. Republicans pick up more seats in house and senate – HIT
  11. Republicans win the White House – HIT
  12. Comptroller Peter Franchot switches parties – WRONG
December 29, 2016

2017 Predictions

  1. Snow storms in January and February in the north east and Midwest. Keep those snow blowers and shovels handy
  2. Thunderstorms this spring, will lead to power losses
  3. No major hurricanes
  4. Obama will not leave Washington
  5. Few more stars will pass away in Hollywood
  6. Real Unemployment will drop like a rock
  7. Major Traffic Delays over Memorial Day weekend
  8. Continued staged sightings of Hillary Clinton
  9. Big Foot will be discovered in pacific northwest (when he goes to a 7-11 for a Slurpee)
  10. UFO Sightings in New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and other western States
  11. Democrats still will be harboring resentment of 2016 Election blowout
  12. iPhone 8 will be awesome
  13. black will be the number one color of new cars
  14. Stock Market will break 21,000
  15. Russian economy falters
  16. Civil War in China
  17. Home prices will go up
  18. Housing market will heat up
  19. Earth quake in California
  20. Cat 1 or 2 Hurricane hit south Florida no major damage
  21. Global warming exposed as a hoax
  22. Prepare for some lousy movies in 2017 and three or four great ones
  23. New desert craze will sweep the nation
  24. First Contact will be made
  25. President Trump Approval ratings got to 60%
  26. Bill Clinton Reveals he voted for Donald Trump
  27. Wild fires this summer
  28. Hollywood liberals fail to keep promise of moving to Canada
  29. Announcement of reboot of Space 1999 with big screen movie of Space 2099
  30. 2 vacancies on Supreme Court


March 27, 2016

NEA Back to Its Old Tricks

Dwight Patel

March 10, 2000


WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, I went to vote in the Maryland Republican Primary. The usually suspects were all rounded up. The neighborhood Liberals were out in full force, ranting and raving about the usual stuff, how Gingrich, DeLay, and basically anyone with an “R” next to their name, are ruining public education.


I was talking to a few voters out at the polls about how the government wants to tax the Internet. That’s all it took. Three teachers came up to me and said, “you know the net is costing public schools billions of dollars a year.” (All Maryland public school teachers were off Tuesday, apparently so they can better harass freethinking voters, instead of teaching our children in school, not that they do that when they are in school. Virginians manage to vote and keep school going at the same time.)


I was curious about their thought processes, and since I always enjoy mixing it up with the liberals, I asked them to tell me how the Internet is robbing school children. They explained that since the state sales taxes are used to fund public schools, the schools are suffering because the state is not collecting them on Internet sales. Then the Rhodes Scholar of the bunch went on to say that it’s not just schools, it’s also emergency services. He asked me (Standard NEA Script ALERT) to imagine my dad having a heart attack and calling 911. I was to imagine that rescue services are not able to man the 911 lines and my dad dies of the heart attack because the net was not taxed.


At this point I just had to applaud them for not disappointing me. This is the standard scare tactic the Liberals use. It’s always someone having a heart attack and dying because he wasn’t taxed enough. Well, I was in a good mood because this was the day John McCain became John Who, so I played their little game. I asked them if they ever wondered what gives these hypothetical fellows heart attacks in the first place. They could not grasp that point, insisting that my father would die because of service cuts due to undertaxation. I said the thing that kills people is paying high taxes, like the marriage tax, the death tax, capital gains taxes, the gas tax and so on.


I had to educate these educators as to the real effects of Internet taxation. I asked them if they knew that a tax on the Internet (which is not the same thing as sales taxes on Internet commerce, by the way, though they were very confused on this point) would drive large segments of the population off the net. In particular, the progress of ethnic and minority groups in getting wired would be slowed. I also asked them if they recognized the impact of Internet taxes on those on fixed incomes, such as senior citizens. One of them said with a chuckle that old people don’t go online and so they really don’t care. I had to educate these educators to the fact that the fastest-growing segment of the online population is retirees.


At this point the teachers were getting nasty and belligerent, as they were not making much progress. In fact, the few spectators were on my side. So they played the class warfare card, going on about how a tax-free Internet only benefits the rich, just as they say that Republican across-the-board tax cuts only benefit the rich, and how a flat tax only benefits the rich. I asked them if everyone online is rich. They said no, of course not.


I rested my case: a tax-free Internet benefits all.

March 27, 2016

Two Possible Futures for the Internet

by Dwight Patel on 11/19/99


These are exciting times for the Internet industry. It is a growing field, just in its infancy today. The Internet today may be where television was in the 1940s. One in every three new jobs created is within the Internet, and the other two are results of the Internet boom. The Internet is already changing the way we live today by the growth of commerce and education. Just think what tomorrow will bring! I for one will plan my vacation and make the majority of my purchases online. My nine-year-old nephews already use the Net to do research for projects in school. They are able to learn about issues and historical facts through multiple sources, not just what the teacher says and what is in the textbook.


All of the positives of the Internet can be crushed if politicians in Washington and in many state governments have their way. They will bring the growth of the Net to screeching halt and turn the Internet into a place only the privileged few can afford. Here are a couple of scenarios illustrating the possible futures of the Internet. We will have to choose which scenario we want.


First Possible Future


The first future for the Internet is bright. In this future people around the world do everything from sending e-mail to conducting multi-million dollar business deals online. We see students in rural areas benefiting from the Internet: kids in a village school in Africa learning about space travel from a NASA scientist in America and kids in rural West Virginia learning French from a French teacher in Paris, France.

In this bright Internet future, the need for expensive business travel is reduced. The easy access and high speed of the Net allows businessmen to organize web conference calls for face-to-face meetings without leaving the office. Millions of dollars in business travel expenses are saved. Families spend more time together as the need for an hour-long commute is eliminated because the Internet provides the ability to work from home. Parents are there when the kids come home from school, and the television as babysitter disappears.


Entertainment is revolutionized as the Internet allows us to view what we want, when we want. As Vice President Al “Father of the Internet” Gore said, we can watch “Gilligan’s Island “on demand, but we can also see movie and dramatic classics from Shakespeare to Charlie Chaplin, and we can order up educational films and programs at the sweep of a mouse. No more being held hostage by TV executives who put unfriendly programming on the air during the family hour.


The ease of online commerce eliminates that pesky telephone “hold.” Instead of waiting for a ticket clerk, or wondering if the travel agent has found the best fare, we can do it all: plan the itinerary, buy the ticket, print out the e-ticket and take it directly to the gate, where we get our boarding pass.


Unburdened by heavy government regulation and taxation, commerce on the Internet increases rapidly, creating millions of jobs, both in the United States and worldwide. People now buy everything from books and music to cars and homes on the Internet. Senior citizens shop online for everything from medicines to groceries. Manufacturing increases to meet the demand and unemployment continues to fall.


An untrammeled Internet has international implications as well, raising the standard of living in the Third World and spreading crucial knowledge of the best health practices and practical home economy.


Children in the developed Western countries learn directly about other cultures from those living in those cultures. Inner city school children are exposed to fine arts from around the world. “Distance learning” provides the best teachers to children everywhere as the best suburban schools share teachers with other schools around the country and around world. Children learn about communism from victims of communism and about the Panama Canal from people living on the banks of Gatun Lake.


Second Possible Future


After the three-year moratorium on Internet taxation ends, the politicians begin to milk the cash cow they have been eyeing so greedily. Big spenders rush new taxes for the Internet into law. First they tax the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who simply pass the tax on to their subscribers in the form of higher subscription prices. This increase is enough that middle to lower-income households on fixed incomes, such as many senior citizens, can no longer afford basic Internet access.


Small business owners are the next group affected, losing their commercial Internet connection because of the higher costs. With their reduced Internet presence, small businesses must rely on the old fashioned and less efficient mail order and toll-free telephone numbers They do less business, and must downsize to survive


One year after the ISP tax has been introduced, many smaller, local ISPs are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The decreased competition allows the fewer and larger ISPs to raise prices, but at the same time the decreased Internet use cuts into the tax revenues fueling government tax and spenders. They decide to raise the Net tax once more. This double whammy begins to drive upper middle class households off the Net and pushes medium size companies to cut back. Unemployment is going up and the economy has had no significant growth since the Internet Tax was introduced.


As the Internet shrinks from its flourishing heyday in the 1990s to an all time low, businesses that were selling goods worldwide are now selling only in local markets. Simply put, there are fewer goods being sold. Manufacturing jobs are being cut. We are now in a full blown recession. The government is subsidizing the few ISPs that have survived and there is talk of government-provided Internet services.