U.S. Rep. John Delaney Addresses CfM Meeting

(left) Executive Director, Universities at Shady Grove, Stew Edelstein, Congressman John Delaney(center), Director of Public Policy at Adventist Healthcare, Jonathan Sachs(right)

Congressman John Delaney discussed economic growth and election reform at Committee for Montgomery's monthly meeting.

CfM's next meeting is on 11/3/14

Rep. Delaney to Speak at CfM's October Meeting

Committee for Montgomery October 6th meeting will feature Congressman John Delaney will focus on two topics that he will focus on two issues that are critical to Montgomery County and Maryland: economic development and reform of the election process.

Congressman Delaney recently authored an op-ed in The Washington Post. It addressed what he refers to as "the structural failure" in our electoral process. 

October 6, 2014

8:00 AM

Universities at Shady Grove

9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

Building I, Room 101

October Update from CfM's Chair

Dr. Stewart Edelstein is the Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and the 2014-2015 CfM Chair

Dr. Stewart Edelstein is the Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and the 2014-2015 CfM Chair

Dear Colleagues –

It is with great delight that I convey that our congressman from Maryland’s 6th District, John Delaney, has agreed to speak at our October 6th meeting. Congressman Delaney will focus on two topics that he has actively spoken out and written about that are critical to Montgomery County and Maryland:  economic development and reform of the election process. 

Some of you know that Congressman Delaney recently authored an op-ed in the Washington Post.  It addressed what he refers to as ”the structural failure” in our electoral process. 

After two decades spent gaining a data-driven perspective in the private sector, I believe that problems on this scale are usually caused by structural failures. Our electoral process has created perverse incentives that have warped our democracy and empowered special interests and a vocal minority. Congressional dysfunction is the logical result of closed primaries, too many gerrymandered one-party seats and low-turnout elections. 

To address these problems, I filed the Open Our Democracy Act in July. If passed, the legislation would mandate open primaries for House elections, begin the process of national redistricting reform and make Election Day the equivalent of a federal holiday.

Here’s a link to the entire piece.  

We will be asking the Congressman to address questions important to CfM: 

  •  Why did you write this op-ed?  What is it within this context that CfM, which is focused solely on the State legislation and policy, can do to help?
     
  • What are the economic challenges facing Maryland and how should state government effectively address these challenges?  What specific actions can the state take to support the economic growth and development of Montgomery County and the surrounding jurisdictions in Maryland?
     
  •   How does regional and national cooperation on economic development issues work?  Are there examples of where this works best?

We encourage you to invite other members of your organization or other interested individuals to attend this meeting.  Attached is a flyer which can be distributed to others who you believe should attend. 

And, finally, I want to thank Jonathan Sachs (Adventist HealthCare), for the great job he did re-doing our website, Ellen Bogage (Chesapeake Public Strategies), for agreeing to handle the back end of the website going forward, and Mark Doore (MedStar Health), for working on our social media presence.  Please visit the new CfM website: wwww.committeeformontgomery.org and “like” us on the CfM Facebook page from your personal and organizational accounts.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 6th.  Our Board meeting will start promptly at 8 amin Room 101, Building I, Universities at Shady Grove. 

Stew Edelstein
CfM Chair

A Message from the CfM Chair

Dr. Stewart Edelstein is the Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and the 2014-2015 CfM Chair

Dr. Stewart Edelstein is the Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and the 2014-2015 CfM Chair

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Committee for Montgomery (CfM)!

My name is Dr. Stewart Edelstein and this year, I am privileged to serve as the Chair of the Committee for Montgomery. 

First, welcome to our new website! We recently redesigned the CfM site so that our members, partners, and supporters in the community can have easier access to current content, events, and news from CfM. In that spirit, this blog will be updated regularly by the CfM Communications Committee (in formation) and other members of the CfM Board of Directors.

Second, at the CfM Executive Committee retreat this past summer, we decided to continue to focus on economic development and expand our attention to look at regional issues impacting the county.    We  believe that this focus will enable CfM to best advance and support state policies and legislation to advance the interests and needs of Montgomery County. 

Montgomery County is changing – and has been for several decades now.  As we all know, Montgomery County has always been recognized across the State as the economic engine of Maryland.  As you also know, that’s a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, we want to remain that strong economic engine.  On the other hand, we are not likely to be able to continue to do that into the future without recognition and support for a changing Montgomery at the State level.

That’s why Committee for Montgomery is so important.  There’s no other organization like it in the State.  There’s no other organization that represents such a broad spectrum of organizations and interests that has managed to come to agreement on issues of mutual concern and mutual support.

Last, and most importantly, I look forward to working with our board and the other members of our community to keep moving our County forward.