In the meantime we all have other civic duties to perform. There is a primary coming up. More often than not the primary is the real election. Usually in Carroll, it is the Republican primary that is meaningful; but in this election, it is the Democratic primary that counts. On that side, there is real competition for the District 8 U.S. House of Representatives seat to be vacated by Chris Van Hollen. The local Dems have scheduled a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road in Eldersburg.