Category: From Dan’s Desk

Former County Executive and MD Sen. Majority Leader Jim Robey Endorses Dan Medinger for MD State Delegate for District 9B

Robey: Medinger is a new, progressive leader needed in Annapolis for smart policies on education, environment, women’s and senior citizen’s rights and small businesses

February 6, 2018, Ellicott City, MD – Jim Robey, the venerable former Howard County executive and Maryland State Senate majority leader, has endorsed Dan Medinger for the House of Delegates.

Robey, a two-term county executive, said that Medinger is committed to public service. “He is not a politician. He is a public servant. He is running because he wants to help people and he cares for the future of our community,” Senator Robey said at a campaign fundraising event for Medinger. “I have known Dan for many years and I endorse him 100% and if anyone asks, you can tell them that Jim Robey is behind him all the way.”

Medinger announced his candidacy for the seat, which includes much of Ellicott City and some of Elkridge, last June. A Republican, Bob Flanagan, currently holds the seat. Former county council member Courtney Watson is also running for the office.

Senator Robey, who retired as Maryland’s State Senate Majority Leader in 2015, said Medinger represents a new, energetic voice for residents of District 9B. He cited Medinger’s policy focus on improving education, the environment, women’s and senior citizens’ rights, and helping small businesses create jobs and thrive. Robey also said Medinger’s candidacy heralds a new era of fresh, progressive voices who are needed more than ever in Maryland’s General Assembly.

“Dan wants to do public service and I know that he will work hard every day to be the very best representative he can be,” said Senator Robey. “He has the experience that we need, and we can trust him.”

Medinger said, “I’m grateful to have Senator Robey’s endorsement for my campaign for the Maryland House of Delegates. Senator Robey’s career and legacy as a public servant are an inspiration to me and my family – and I look forward to carrying these values forward as Delegate for District 9B.”

Medinger, a Howard County small business owner and former journalist whose work has appeared in numerous national publications, has been active in Democratic politics since his childhood when he volunteered for John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

Medinger served as President of the Ellicott City Western Howard Democratic Club and in 2016 was honored as “Democrat of the Year.” He currently serves on a number of community boards, including the Community Foundation of Howard County, Rebuilding Together Howard County and the Operating Budget Review Committee for the Howard County Public School System.

Robey, a native of Daniels, MD in Howard County, was a 32-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department, serving seven years as Police Chief before retiring in 1998. He later served two terms as Howard County Executive followed by two terms as Maryland State Senator, representing Howard County. Robey currently is a member of the Maryland General Assembly’s Workplace Harassment Commission.

Voters looking for more than a name

As I have met voters door to door, I have been so encouraged that they want to know what I stand for, what I have done and how they will hold me accountable as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

It is encouraging to learn that in 2018 voters will go beyond name recognition and really seek information about who wants to represent them.  Voters have learned that too often candidates have a reputation that is very different than their record or their values.  In the past, big name recognition was enough to win elections. Not any more.

I have met so many voters who told me that in this election they will be taking time to fulfill their civic duty by going deeper than just name recognition. That’s how change will happen.

Onward and upward.


Some of the doors in our district are “inaccessible” because they are in gated apartments, etc. We will be doing a phone banking to these residences from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4. Orientation, a script and assistance will be provided. We also will have pizza and soda. If you can join us for this 90-minute call-a-thon, please let me know.


Join Team Medinger on Saturday, Dec. 9 for “Candy Canes and Canvassing.” We will be door knocking in Ellicott City and sharing a sweet treat of the season. Orientation, a partner and walk list will be provided. Contact Sue Geckle at to reserve your space. Let’s get together to support a Democrat who can flip District 9B from Red to Blue.


Thanks to all of the Team Medinger members who are making our autumn door knocking such a great success. Our biggest turnout – Knocktoberfest – included 31 volunteers engaging voters at the doors. We are gathering valuable information about the concerns of voters in Ellicott City and making many, many new friends.


Yes, even though the weather is changing, the door knocking will continue each Saturday. If you want to join us, please email Sue Geckle at We will have a partner for you (or bring a friend), training and a walk list ready for you.


Going door-to-door is the best way to flip District 9B from red to BLUE.


The senior population is growing rapidly in our area. About 30 percent of our population are part of what’s been called a “silver tsunami.” As a member of the House of Delegates, I will work to make Maryland’s policy for “aging in community” the very best in the nation.


Consider this: One-third of seniors experience intense loneliness and about 28% of seniors live alone. The consequences of loneliness can also have physical affects that are as significant as diabetes, obesity and even smoking. As we move into the holiday season, please consider visiting an elderly member of your family, your neighborhood or your community. Your kindness today will benefit you, too.