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.