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Anne Arundel County, Maryland

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Capital Gazette Newspapers Endorse Larry Hogan for Governor

Posted on October 19th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

Reprinted from the Capital Gazette newspaper, October 19, 2014

Our say: We endorse Larry Hogan for governor

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan, Republican candidate for governor. (By Paul W. Gillespie, Staff / October 14, 2014)

 In “Maryland: A Middle Temperament,” Robert J. Brugger wrote that “Marylanders at their best have stood for moderation … and a sense of proportion that reminds one of the old sailors’ attention to both sail and ballast.” Maybe this is embedded in the hearts of state residents, but we haven’t seen much evidence of it in the State House lately.

Facing a brutal recession, Gov. Martin O’Malley resorted to repeated tax and fee increases, cuts to funding for local governments, and borrowing from funds supposedly reserved for specific needs. The results include a lingering structural deficit, an unemployment rate higher than the national average, an economy kept on life support by federal payrolls, taxpayers who are in a mutinous mood, and a deluge of complaints about the state’s unfriendliness to business.

The state needs to re-evaluate its course — and that re-evaluation can happen only if there’s a break in eight years of undiluted one-party rule that has been healthy for neither party.

That’s why we’re endorsing Republican Larry Hogan for governor.

An Anne Arundel County resident for two decades and the founder of an Annapolis-based real estate services company, Hogan handled appointments as a member of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.‘s Cabinet. Three-and-a-half years ago he started the grass-roots organization Change Maryland, emerging as the leading critic of the O’Malley administration’s fiscal policies.

Hogan is no partisan firebrand — he’s a businessman who believes the state needs to live within its means and encourage investment and entrepreneurship. When he met with our editorial board we were struck by his reasonable and realistic tone. If he’s elected, a predominantly Democratic legislature might ignore many of his initiatives — but it couldn’t ignore his budgets.

His opponent is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, an earnest public servant who has had a distinguished career in the Army, including a tour of duty in Iraq. Brown has been a good soldier for O’Malley, too, for eight years, although he has rarely had a high profile — except for his nominal leadership of the state’s disastrous attempt to set up its own health care website.

Brown offers the state the attractive prospect of electing its first African-American governor. But there has been nothing attractive in his campaign’s ads, many of which smear Hogan as a sinister invader from Planet Tea Party. This was some of the worst bilge we’ve seen in a Maryland campaign.

Of late, Brown has been trying to grab as many issues as he can from Hogan, also claiming to be for tax relief and for improvement of the business climate. But which candidate is likelier to work hardest on those issues?

The basic problem with Brown isn’t his ads, but that he’s essentially offering Marylanders an O’Malley third term. That’s not what Maryland needs. The complacency of the state’s Democratic establishment — its willingness to keep doing what it has been doing, without thinking much about it — is a threat to this state’s long-term well-being.

We urge Maryland voters to puncture that complacency. We strongly urge a vote for Larry Hogan as governor.

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William H. Campbell, State Comptroller Candidate Keynote Speaker

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Dave Zwald

On Thursday, October 9, NCRC welcomes

William H. Campbell, candidate for Comptroller

as keynote speaker.  7:00 PM


Here’s your chance to meet the man who is running for the 2nd most important job in Maryland!    

William H. Campbell is the well qualified Republican candidate for Maryland State Comptroller.   Mr. Campbell has served as Chief Financial Officer for large organizations and large governmental agencies alike.  He has a record of outstanding fiscal management which certainly is sorely needed here in Maryland.  He has a MS degree from Johns Hopkins University.  He also has served his country as a Commissioned Officer in the Naval Reserve.  Mr. Campbell will detail the fiscal condition of our State and offer his prescription for how to turn it around.   

Also speaking is Ms. Hannah Marr, campaign communications coordinator for Larry Hogan for Governor.  Ms. Marr has served the Change Maryland movement since 2012 and now is a full time staffer with the campaign.  Ms. Marr will give us insight into the campaign. We will learn why Mr. Hogan’s campaign is gaining traction everywhere.  We will learn how we can help the campaign get over the top on Nov. 4.   

We will receive a report from the Nominating Committee regarding next year’s candidates for Club officers.   

David Zwald, Club President, will recap the Club’s activities in 2014 of the year and announce upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.  

There will be a question and answer period after each speaker.


North County Republican Club
Get informed!  Get inspired!  Get involved!
26 Magothy Bridge Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
Big Vanilla Fitness Center, 2nd Floor

 Public always welcome!  Refreshments served! 

Contact David M. Zwald, Club President, for more information,










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Join us for a Fun Day in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

I don’t know about you, but I will be ready for a break after the elections.   Join us!  Only $55.00


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PASTOR’S & CANDIDATES; Tuesday, Sept. 30; 7 pm; District 32

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by Dave Zwald



Pastors and Candidates Forum

Maryland House District 32

Tuesday night, September 30, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene


61 Gambrills Rd., Severn, Md.      


Dear Friend,


Here is your chance to hear first-hand where candidates for elected office stand on issues important to Christians.  Come and support this event put on like-minded citizens to cover issues rarely covered in the mainstream media.   If you do not live in District 32, the forum will be instructive to all concerned citizens by helping everyone assess their own representatives.   All 3 Republican and 3 Democratic party candidates will attend. Come out and support Club member Tim Walters who is a District 32 candidate.  tim-walters


Where is District 32?  Generally, Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Severn, Hanover, Jessup, Ft. Meade, Gambrills…See the map attached.


For more information, please open the attachments.  Also, the church’s website is .


If you cannot come, I ask that you share this message with your email network and call those you know who live in this area not to miss this opportunity!  





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Walters, Angell, Fioravante link incumbents to tax, fee increases

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

Walters, Angell, Fioravante link incumbents to tax, fee increases


This post comes directly from The Capital Gazette, written by Brandy Bottalico.

District 32

From left, Republicans Tim Walters, Mark Angell and Joe Fioravante talk about their bids to win some of the three House of Delegates seats held for more than 20 years by Democrats. (Matthew Cole, Staff / August 29, 2014)

Tim Walters said Maryland Democrats have overtaxed and overspent but have managed to hold onto one of the longest-running, one-party majorities in America.

Sitting in his Linthicum home with Republican running mates Mark Angell and Joe Fioravante, Walters said it’s time for a change in District 32. They want voters to deny new terms for longtime incumbent Dels. Pam Beidle and Ted Sophocleus, and reject Mark Chang’s bid to replace Mary Ann Love as the district’s third Democrat.

Democrats have held the seats for decades, making it Anne Arundel County’s only district without a Republican.

“We need new ideas,” he said. “The other side likes to be the party of diversity. The real answer here is we’re the diversity. You need political diversity as much as you need diversity in any other thing. So there are too many symptoms to be ignored and people are seeing those. And they’re fleeing this state because of it.”

The Republicans point to a recent Gallup poll showing some 47 percent of Marylanders would leave the state if they could. Walters said failed policy and high taxes are to blame, as are the Democrats.

Angell, a Hanover resident and a former Nextel sales representative, said he considered leaving the state but decided to stay and run for office to make a change.

“They make decisions based on their own gut feeling; they don’t interact with the communities, they don’t speak with the people, the citizens, and see what they want in District 32 or Anne Arundel or Maryland. They just make decisions on their own and vote based on how they feel that day,” Walters said.

The Republicans have been making the case for change this fall at community meetings, forums and door-to-door in the district.

Beidle and Sophocleus have responded by saying they’ve voted against many of the tax or fee increases under Gov. Martin O’Malley, only to see them pass with big majorities from other counties.

“They’re pinning us like we voted for all these taxes,” Beidle said. “If they get elected, they’re going to do the same thing we did — they’re not going to vote for them. The tax increases are still going to happen because the other counties and jurisdictions vote for them.”

Together with Chang, a former community liaison for county government, they say they have a established record of public service their opponents can’t match.

Despite that long record, Angell said voters say they are not being heard or represented in Annapolis. He said residents come up to him at community meetings to complain about the state mandated stormwater management fee.

State lawmakers required Maryland’s 10 largest counties to adopt programs that would meet federal clean water standards being violated because of stormwater runoff pollution. Anne Arundel County adopted a fee for property owners starting at $85 a year, and plans to use the millions it will generate to repair or expand stormwater control systems.

Opponents have dubbed the fee the “rain tax” and cite it as an example of higher taxes under the Democrats.

“You need to see the ripple effect of your decisions,” Angell said.

Walters, the deputy program manager at a government IT services contractor, said Beidle and Sophocleus should have sued the federal government to block the fee, or ensure it is enacted fairly in all the states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“The rain tax is just another ridiculous tax that is being forced upon us,” said Fioravante, a retired Baltimore police officer who lives in Linthicum. “We have all these taxes that are designed to take care of the bay, but it seems like it never gets taken care of. They’re nickel and diming us.”

Walters points to the way the Democratic-controlled legislature set up the state’s casino law to dedicate money for education, local government and to address community impact but lacks the discipline to make sure that’s working.

Sophocleus said the county determines where its share of the revenue goes, and sit on the Local Development Council that makes recommendation for spending in the communities closest to Maryland Live! He said county auditors are required to explain in detail where each dollar goes.

“We’re keeping an eye on every single dollar that comes in and making sure that it’s spent where it should have been spent and what was promised to the citizens of this state and this county,” Sophocleus said.

Walters said he won’t vote for a budget or funding formula he doesn’t agree with.

“Our county tax money and our state tax money for Anne Arundel County goes to other places,” he said. “The incumbents have voted for those formulas that do that. So our wealth goes elsewhere. We’re basically punished for being populous and successful in this county.”

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Don’t MISS it! The STATE of our FREEDOMS since 9/11. This Thursday, 7:00 PM

Posted on September 10th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

The State of our Freedoms since September 11

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 PM

Big Vanilla Fitness Center, Pasadena, Md.

North County Republican Club will hold a special meeting to celebrate and discuss the meaning of our freedoms since 9/11.  Our keynote speaker is Mr. James H. Warner.  A panel discussion will be held exploring our religious, civil, educational liberties and national security.  Panelists are Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, noted speaker on religious freedom; Mr. Spear Lancaster, Anne Arundel County resident, expert on the charter school movement, Mr. Tim Walters (USN, Ret.), national security analyst, Mr. Ken Timmerman, noted author and former candidate for Md. Lt. Governor, who will speak about our political liberties.   We are also pleased to welcome        Ms. Hannah Brewer, 2013 Miss Teenage Maryland to sing our National Anthem.   

             Stanley CarlsonThies    tim-walters  ken timmerman        Hannah-Brewer-Miss-Maryland-Teen-USA       

Capt. James H. “Doc” Warner               Mr. Tim Walters                               Ms. Hannah Brewer

                                     Dr. Carlson-Thies                      Mr. Kenneth Timmerman

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Capt. Warner served courageously in the Cold War and Vietnam War.  He suffered as a prisoner of war for 5 and 1/2 years, later receiving the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, the Navy Commendation Medal for valor and the Prisoner of War medal.  He later served President Ronald Reagan in the White House as Domestic Policy Advisor.  He received the 1990 H.L. Mencken Award for an editorial defending the First Amendment.  He received a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1978.  He is a Maryland resident.  

The public is always welcome at North County Republican Club meetings.   26 Magothy Beach Road, Pasadena, Maryland at the Big Vanilla Athletic Club.  Refreshments are served.  Please consider becoming a member.  

North County Republican Club  “Get informed, get inspired, get involved.”




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The State of our Freedoms Since September 11: James H. Warner, Keynote

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

On September 11, the North County Republican Club will celebrate and discuss our freedoms, entitled:  The State of our Freedoms Since September 11: 


KEY NOTE SPEAKER:  Capt. James H. Warner, USMC (Ret.)

James “Doc” Warner  will address the club as our key note speaker on September 11.  Capt. Warner served courageously in the Cold War and Vietnam War.  He suffered as a prisoner of war for 5 and 1/2 years, later receiving the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, the Navy Commendation Medal for valor and the Prisoner of War medal.  He later served President Ronald Reagan in the White House as Domestic Policy Advisor.  He received the 1990 H.L. Mencken Award for an editorial defending the First Amendment.  He received a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1978.  He is a resident of Maryland.  

Please watch this space for more information on our panel speakers. 

All meetings of the Club are open to the public at 26 Magothy Beach Rd., Pasadena, Md. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM.  Refreshments are served.   “Get informed, get inspired, get involved.” 


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Save the Date: The State of our Freedoms since September 11

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

You won’t want to miss the September 11 meeting. We have an exciting lineup of great Americans who will be speaking and even singing(!). Our theme: The State of our Freedoms since September 11. Open to all. Refreshments are served. Watch this space for more information.

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Don’t Miss June 12 Meeting; 7:00 PM; Big Vanilla, Pasadena

Posted on May 27th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

We could not have much of a better line up for the last day before the primary election begins.  …and actually, June 12 WILL be on the first day of early voting.  So you just might want to hold your vote.   HERE’s the LINEUP for Thursday, June 12, 7:00 PM. 

First, we will here from Ken Timmerman, candidate for Lieutenant Governor with Charles Lollar for Governor.   Then, we have ALL EIGHT candidates for District 31B speaking in our NCRC FORUM including our two local incumbents of course (Don Dwyer and Nic Kipke). 

Then, to close out, we will hear from Laura Neuman, Anne Arundel County Executive.  (We heard from Steve Schuh, candidates for County Executive last month.)  

Why would you want to miss this?  An informed citizen is a powerful citizen.    As always, refreshments are served and the public is always welcome.

Big Vanilla Athletic Center, 26 Magothy Beach Road, Pasadena, 7:00 PM.   SEE YOU THERE! 

President Dave


Ken Timmerman                     Laura Neuman

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Posted on May 27th, 2014 by Dave Zwald

  On Wednesday, April 15, 2014, the Club was honored to receive the Republican Club of the Year for 2013.  David M. Zwald, 2014 Club President, is receiving the award from Anne Arundel County Central Committee Chairman, Nathan Volke.  The evening was the annual Lincoln / Reagan Dinner.  The guest speaker was Reince Preibus, Chairman of the Republican National Party.  He gave an inspiring talk for Republicans to win back the national advantage with “good candidates who do what they say they will do.”

That evening, two other Club members were honored.  Gary Thompson received the Unsung Hero Award for many years of work and activism supporting candidates.  Among many activities, Gary serves on the Board of the Club, and has been a tireless worker in Republican campaigns.  Gary is the go-to guy for putting up candidate signs all over the county, among other things.

In addition, Mr. Dave Blanch of Pasadena, received the  Lifelong Achievement Award for his Republican leadership over many years.  Dave has given generously of his time, his advice, and his resources over many years.  The Club always choose Dave’s beautiful home in Pasadena for its annual picnic and again, this year, we will meet there again on August 16.  More on this later. 

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