With a little less than two weeks before the filing deadline or this year's elections you (yes, you) still have an opportunity to make a difference in the Republican Party.
For a filing fee of usually just $10, you yourself can run for office to serve on your county Republican central committee.
What does a central committee do? Well, the central committee in the individual counties is the governing body of that county party. The county central comittee members make up the state central committe.
So what does a central committee actually do? A lot of things:
- Pursuant to the Maryland Constitution, submit a name to the governor to fill vacancies in the General Assembly;
- Recruit and train candidates for office
- Fundraise, including organizing the yearly Lincoln Day event;
- Outreach to the community
- Coordinate election year activities;
- Advertising and promotion of Republican candidates and issues;
- Atttending two state party conventions every year.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg, as there are other duties that pop up from time to time.
Are you somebody who belives that our party is first and foremost going in the wrong direction and needs some ideological purification? Then this is not the job for you. People elected to the central committee need to be, in my opinion, three things:
- Committeed to the cause of growing the Republican Party;
- Committeed to supporting the Republican candidate even when their guy or gal does not win the primary;
- Willing to work your tail off to get Republicans of all stripes elected.
If you are the type of person who believes in ideological purity or trying to moderate the party message, this is certainly not the job for you.
If, however, you are the kind of person who is tired of sitting on the sidelines and wants to make a difference in the future of this state and of the Republican Party, sign up today. Learn more about how to do it at the State Board of Elections website.
--Brian Griffiths is a co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, which has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007. He is chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans. and has worked on and advised numerous local, state and federal campaigns. His Red Maryland posts appear here regularly.