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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Last Night's MD 6th District Dem Forum

The 6th District Democratic Congressional candidate Forum held last night was enjoyable to watch. Due to scheduling conflicts I was only able to watch the first half of the Forum held at Frederick Community College. However, for the time I was there, I felt the Forum at JBK Theater was well moderated and informative.

Ken Kerr who is the advisor to the FCC Democrats - who were one of the sponsors - was the moderator. The entertaining aspect of the forum was the questions for the candidates came from voters across the district. These questions had been previously videotaped and were shown on a large screen to the audience.

The four candidates who attended the forum all presented themselves well. It was announced that Rick Lank had recently indicated to the sponsors that he would not be attending.

The moderator and the forum guidelines moved the discussion along which helped the audience to hear answers from the candidates to many questions ranging from the war in Iraq, immigration, health care, the economy, and the rising costs of a college education.

Whether it was Andrew Duck speaking of how the Democrats believed in people and why the U.S. needs a new direction in Iraq, Robin Deibert speaking passionately about health care, Larry Smith expressing his compassion for the working men and women in the 6th district, or Jennifer Dougherty sharing her thoughts on the economy, all the candidates expressed themselves well.

This forum was most likely taped for future broadcast on Frederick County cable. As soon as we know the broadcast times and dates we will publish here. If anyone already knows, post a comment and let us know. I would encourage everyone to watch. (Update at noon - new comment received indicates the forum was not taped - bummer)

Plan to vote on Tuesday February 12th! Sixteen years of ineffective representation is too long for the residents in the 6th District.


Anonymous said...


The forum wasn't taped which is too bad since it was a good forum!

Anonymous said...

And don't forget to vote for the Board of Education candidates who will be on the Democratic ballot at the bottom.

Joe Volz
Board of Education candidate

Anonymous said...

It would have been a lot of time, effort, and expense to video and prepare the tape for rebroadcast. It could not have been done (on volunteers' time) before Monday. Seeing that the election is Tuesday, it did not seem like a good use of resources.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Volz,

I am sure that the Democrats in MD-06 will be able to cast their ballots with ease. Please tell me, what would you be willing to do for the school system?

Anonymous said...

Hello, Ms. Anonymous,

I pledge to the voters that I will work full-time on the Board of Education. As far as I know, no other candidate has made that pledge. If I get through the Feb. 12 primary, I will spend the next months visiting as many schools as I can, talking to teachers and students to listen to their concerns.

In the meantime, I am pushing for higher salaries for teachers, a major revision of the flawed No Child Left Behind Act and a step-up in State Board of Public Works funding for Linganore and Oakdale High Schools.

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me at

Anonymous said...

Joe Volz for board of education? I would never vote for you! You are a writter not a director. God plese save us if you become head of BOE! I will remove my kids ASAP!

Anonymous said...

A quick update - Joe Volz withdrew from this race after the February 12th primary and is no longer a candidate for the Board of Education.