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Primary Election Day: July 19, 2022

Mae A. Beale

Mae Beale is a civic and community activist that has lived in Howard County for over forty years, earning numerous commendations for her many contributions to several Howard County based community organizations. Some of Ms. Beale's highlights include:

  • 2016 Howard County Women's Hall of Fame Award Winner
  • Recipient of the NAACP Volunteer Community Service Award in May of 2019
  • Appointed to the Howard County Commission for Women in March of 2020
  • Graduated May 2020 from Leadership Howard County
  • Served as a volunteer coordinator for the 2020 HoCo Dems Coordinated Campaign
  • Appointed Fundraising Committee Chair for the HCDCC, coordinating several successful events for the community, including the HCDCC Defend Democracy Digital Dine-In and the HCDCC Annual Labor Day Picnic, which brought well over $30,000 for the local Party.
  • Lead organizer for the HCDCC Democratic booth at the Howard County Fair
  • Elected member of the Owen Brown Village Board
  • Chairperson for the Maryland Democratic Party's Seniors Diversity Leadership Council
  • And many more volunteer board and commissions!

Linda Bolen

Linda Bolen is a long-time Maryland resident. After receiving a B.A. degree from UCLA in 1984, she moved to Maryland to pursue a career with the Department of Defense. Linda settled in Howard County in 1990 and has been proud to call Howard County “home” ever since. Since retiring in 2017, she has been active with our local community, supporting groups as diverse as:

  • Howard County Indivisible
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Howard County
  • American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide (Out of the Darkness Walk)
  • Alzheimers Association (Walk to End Alzheimers)
  • Howard County Autism Society (Walk and 5K Run)

She has also canvassed in support of local candidates, participated in voter registration activities, and joined local community groups for Advocacy Days in Annapolis.

In 2018, Linda served as Treasurer for her husband, Steve Bolen, who ran for Delegate in District 9A, winning his primary.

The summer of 2019 brought a new opportunity – a chance to serve on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee. Linda was selected for an open position, joining the Executive Board the following year. As an HCDCC member, Linda helps lead party-building activities, such as:

  • Staffing the HCDCC booth at the Howard County Fair
  • Planning the annual Labor Day picnic
  • Writing postcards to welcome new Democrats to Howard County
  • She is also the Recording Secretary for the Maryland Democratic Party Seniors Diversity Leadership Council

Through it all, Linda remains steadfast in her commitment to help elect strong, collaborative leaders who embody the core Democratic values of fairness and equity for all.

McNeal Brown, Jr.

McNeal Brown, Jr. moved with his wife and daughter to Howard County from Anne Arundel County in 2019.

While still living in Anne Arundel County, he served as a member of the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee. In 2018, he served as campaign manager for the successful campaign of Marcus Harris who was running for Sheriff.

Ever since relocating, McNeal has continued his activism and service to the party by volunteering for the Howard County Coordinated Campaign (Howard for Biden-Harris) in 2020.

He also served as a Democratic member of the Howard County Redistricting Commission in 2021 and returned to serving Sheriff Harris as campaign manager and, for a short time prior to running for office, as his Treasurer.

McNeal hopes to continue his service by being elected to the Howard County Democratic Central Committee in 2022. He hopes to bring the Party’s broad message of diversity, community support and inclusion to more people here in the county.

McNeal earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and his Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University based in St. Louis, MO

Regina Clay

Regina Clay is a 50-year resident of Howard County and currently resides in Columbia, MD. Regina attended Running Brook Elementary, Harper’s Choice Middle and Centennial High School where she served as Treasurer of the Student Government Association and received her undergraduate degree from University of Virginia and a Masters at Howard University.

Regina has been active in her community since she was a teenager serving in several community capacities including:

  • Wilde Lake Village Board Member
  • CA Board Member representing Wilde Lake
  • PTA Member of Bryant Woods Elementary, Wilde Lake Middle and Wild Lake High School
  • Member of the Howard County RUN Board of United Way
  • Serves on the Local Children’s Board of Howard County
  • Currently serves as Pastor of Life Change AME Church in Columbia, MD

Regina is always advocating for the community especially those that are marginalized. As a lifelong Democrat, Regina has always supported, canvassed, and donated to Democratic candidates and leaders and believes in Democracy for all. Regina’s proudest moment is being the mother of two exceptional children who both attend and attended Howard County Public Schools.

Kim Pezza Drake

Kim Pezza Drake is a Howard county resident of 22 years. She is a civil servant, working as a Climate Change policy analyst for the Maryland Department of the Environment in the Climate Change program. As a lifelong environmentalist, Kim got her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. She dedicates her life to ensuring the Earth is a habitable, healthy, livable planet for all. Kim is also a proud mother to a 16 year old HCPSS student who participates in band and track.

Kim has been a lifelong registered Democrat. Her involvement with the Democretic party began after the 2016 election when she realized that she needed to do more than vote to help get Democrats elected. The biggest step she took was applying for a female vacancy on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee and being appointed in March of 2021. Since then she has been hard at work helping with fundraisers, updating the website so we can reach more residents and is now excited to run for re-election.

Kim has been an active member of the community serving Howard County in numerous ways:

  • Member of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee
  • Member of the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board
  • Secretary of the CA Climate change and sustainability advisory committee
  • Secretary of the Howard County Sierra Club Executive Committee
  • Member at Large, Columbia Bands, Inc., a non-profit organization where she is a trumpet player in the Columbia Concert Band and Columbia Big Band
  • Member of HoCo By Design, an environmental strategic advisory group
  • Graduate of the Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environmental (HoLLIE)
  • Election judge in the 2020 elections
  • Grassroots lobbyist for environmental bills in the MD General Assembly and the Howard County Council
  • Participated in post card mailing to democrats in swing states

Kim is also a dedicated volunteer and supporter of:

  • Howard County Democratic clubs
  • Columbia Community Cares
  • HoCo Climate Action
  • Smarter Growth Alliance of Howard County
  • Howard County Conservancy
  • HoCo Indivisible Climate action team
  • HoCo NAACP
  • Community Ecology Institute
  • Howard High School music boosters

Sean Ford

Bio coming soon!

Lorinzo Foxworth

Dr. Lorinzo Foxworth is a proud Howard County resident since 2012, participating in various Democratic voting engagement actions and local community volunteer activities. Currently living in Maple Lawn, he volunteers for the Association’s many community projects and outreach efforts with his neighborhood. He and his wife raised two sons, one is a University of Maryland and Harvard graduate and the other a Columbia College-DC graduate and previous US Army Reservist.

Lorinzo is highly involved in community and state activities and is excited to be a member of the Howard County UniteD slate team! Some of his experiences include:

  • Volunteered to make calls, conduct door knocks and attend Democratic strategy sessions in Howard County
  • Served as The Army Director of Recruiting for Howard County and served as a JROTC Instructor Baltimore City schools and Howard County JROTC
  • Served as a trainer/speaker for students of Department of Labor Job Corps
  • Board member of the Maryland Center for Veteran Education & Training (MCVET) and Member of the Non-Commissioned Officer Association
  • Registered Democrat since age 18, starting early canvass experience in Denver, Colorado and was honored to attend President Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech
  • Earned a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership and is a US Army Sergeants Majors Academy Graduate
  • Current business owner of Leadership and Counseling Concepts and employee of the Veterans Benefits Administration

Sanjay G. George

Bio coming soon!

Safa Hira

Born and raised in Howard County, Safa Hira is our youngest member of the Howard County UniteD Slate.

Over the last four years, and as a lifelong Democrat, she has been an active member in our community to help elevate the voices of our Democratic officials. She also served on the Central Committees Executive Board as Recording Secretary from 2018-2020.

As a young Muslim Indian leader, Safa helps elevate the voices of those who might not have the courage to speak out. She is also steadfast supporter of ensuring women continue to have the right to choose, our students have the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and she helps create a welcoming environment for all to feel welcome and safe.

In 2018, Safa was integral in the efforts to elect our first black County Executive through her work on The Calvin Ball Team and was an active member of the Howard County Coordinated campaign to elect Democrats across the board.

She currently serves as Social Media Manager and Community Liaison for the Office of Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. In this role, she manages the County Executive’s social media channels, the weekly “Ball Bulletin” e-newsletter, the creation and development of infographics , and assists in content management and coordination across the county’s social media platforms.

Previously, she held positions assisting the Baltimore City Council and Maryland General Assembly. In 2018, Safa was elected to the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, becoming the youngest person ever elected in Howard County.

She holds an associates degree from Howard Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Policy from the University of Baltimore. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, pursuing a Master of Arts in Government with a specialization in Political Communication.

Joshua Hirsh

Joshua Hirsh, 31, has resided in Clarksville, MD for 20 years. He graduated from River Hill High School and from Howard Community College with an A.A. degree in Political Science with Phi Theta Kappa Honors. He has been active in Democratic politics since he has been able to vote beginning as a volunteer with The Howard County Democratic Central Committee and then as a volunteer in campaigns statewide and nationally.

Joshua has served as the Vice President of the Young Democrats of Howard County and on the Board of the Columbia Democratic Club.

Joshua had the honor of serving as an intern in Calvin Ball’s County Council Office and on the Howard County Commission on Disabilities since 2020.

n 2019, he was honored by receiving the prestigious Louis Goldstein Spirit Award for his service in the Democratic Community.

In addition to his passion for Democratic values and his commitment to the electoral success of likeminded candidates, Joshua has been devoted to issues affecting disabled citizens in the County and beyond.

Motivated by his own disability, cerebral palsy, Joshua has achieved extraordinary success in representing the issues facing persons with disabilities both in Howard County and in the US congress.

Adrianne Jemmott

Adriane Jemmott is a Defense Attorney, Activist and People’s Advocate for underserved communities. Raised in Howard County by her mother who moved from Barbados, Adriane attended and graduated from Wilde Lake High School. An Alumni of the University of MD, she majored in Economics. There, Adriane served on the Executive Committee of the UMCP, NAACP.

Ms. Jemmott’s leadership roles include:

  • Organizing, as a volunteer, for the initial founding of the DNC – Women’s Leadership Forum
  • Coordinating a reception to honor Thurgood Marshall at the DNC Convention in 1992, during her first year of law school in Washington, D.C, where she was recruited to “knock on doors” in Virginia as part of the Democratic Campaign team.
  • Chair of Legal Redress for the Howard County Branch and the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, during which she testified before the state legislature on “driving while black” legislation. She was involved in negotiating the consent decree against the Maryland State Police; Recipient of the National NAACP Foot Soldier in the Sand Award.
  • Volunteering in Howard County with the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, NCNW; the LWV; Served as an Election Judge; Currently serving as a mentor for the Wilde Lake High School Ohana.
  • Volunteering with National Rainbow Coalition; Worked as a Peace Economy National Organizer; Served on National Board of Peace Action.
  • Involvement in progressive movements, bringing diverse populations together, expanding the base and forging inclusivity. Adriane served as an Obama fellow, assigned to recruit and train attorneys to ensure voter protection at the polls.
  • Pursuing issues of justice and access, as demonstrated by her work as a defense attorney, representing families and children in Washington DC and Maryland.
  • Howard County and the principles that Columbia was built upon, are important to Adriane. She “shows up” and is ready to use her experience to support Democratic Candidates in order to inclusively expand the Democrats reach.

Jennifer Jones

Bio coming soon!

Gabriel Maximillian Moreno

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James Ward Morrow

James "Ward" Morrow is a lifelong Maryland resident and currently resides in Ellicott City, MD. Ward is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Law. Ward has been a Page, Intern, Legislative Aide, and Legislative Director in Annapolis, and is currently Assistant General Counsel/Legislative Counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). He is a longtime member of the MD Bar, the MD Federal District Court Bar, the US 4th Circuit Bar, and the US Supreme Court Bar. He serves on the Executive Board of the Office, Professional Employees International Union Local 2, and is a delegate to the Baltimore and DC area AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils.

Ward has previously served on the Maryland State Democratic Central Committee, is a former state President of the Young Democrats of Maryland, 2008 Obama Democratic National Committee Delegate candidate, and was the Democratic Party’s nominee for House of Delegates in 9A in 2014, and District 7 in 2010.

Previously, Ward served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for the American Federation of Teachers Maryland chapter, is a former Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and former Special Assistant United States Attorney.

Ward has served as a Board Member of the St. Johns Lane Elementary School PTA and as a representative to the Howard County Council of PTA’s, and served on several different civic associations.

Ward is a Life Member of the Sierra Club, and also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Loyal Order of the Moose, and the Catholic-Labor Network.

Ward has a passion for supporting Democracy at home and abroad, for protecting voting rights, and has a national reputation as a free speech/labor rights advocate and whistleblower rights advocate for federal employees.

Jessica I. Nichols

Jessica Nichols is a Howard County Social Studies Teacher, Parent, Activist and Resident who currently resides in Elkridge. Jessica has her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland-College Park and Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Towson University. In 2015, Howard County became her forever home. Her exposure to the amazing community at Wilde Lake High School that she became convinced that Howard County is an amazing place to live in and raise children.

Jessica has been active in the Howard County Community in a variety of ways:

  • As an educator, Jessica served on the HCEA Board of Directors
  • Serves as a Maryland Representative on the National Education Association’s Resolutions Committee
  • Serves as commissioner on the Howard County Commission for Women
  • Board member of Columbia Community Care
  • Board member and officer in the Anti-Racist Education Alliance, Inc., as well as a founder and member of Black Lives Matter at School 365 Coalition
  • Member of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee
  • In years past, Jessica phone-banked for Democrats in Frederick, Maryland, supported the Obama Campaign by canvassing and driving people to the polls in Virginia, and also has voted in every election since she was 18
  • As a member of the Democratic Central Committee, Jessica phone-banked in Georgia and Virginia to support the Biden Campaign in 2020
  • Supported candidates here in Howard County and knocked on over 200 doors in Virginia in 2021.
  • he firmly believes that the party is big enough for all Democrats ranging from the most conservative to the most liberal.

Lillian Norris Holmes

Dr. Lillian Norris Holmes is a retired K-16 professional public and higher-education educator. She has lived in Columbia, Maryland with her family since 1990. She is a strong advocate of democratic values, grassroots organizing, community efforts, social justice, educating underserved children, and care of senior adults.

n 2011, she became passionate about politics in America and has campaigned for political candidates and local elected officials. She organized voter registration drives, door knocked, and distributed campaign literature. She held several political events, numerous fundraising events, and Meet and Greets for Howard County candidates at her home for 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 election cycles. In 2020, she primarily phone banked from home.

Her Leadership Service, and Achievements include:

  • President Obama Fellow and worked with the Maryland Obama-Biden 2012 Campaign
  • Represented Howard County’s Democratic Party at White House Reception for Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic, 2014
  • Invited by her Congressman for the 113th Congress joint session, State of the Union Address, 2014
  • Howard County’s Ambassador for Congressman John Sarbanes Us Campaign, 2015
  • Co-Chair of the Howard County’s Democratic Campaign Presidential Election, 2016
  • Member for the State of Maryland Presidential Electoral College, 2016
  • Wendy Fiedler Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 2017
  • Appointed by County Executive Calvin Ball to serve on Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund Commission, 2019.
  • Appointed to filled a female vacancy on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 2021.

Her education includes: Ed.D, Educational Leadership and Ed.S, Curriculum and Instruction, Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Masters plus 30 in Gifted Education, and M.A., Supervision and Administration Elementary Education, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.

Shahan Rizvi

Bio coming soon!

Jackie Scott

Jackie Belk Scott has called Howard County her home for nearly 25 years. She and her husband have raised their three children here in the county, all of whom have attended Howard County Public Schools.

A Policy Lawyer by training, Jackie is uniquely qualified to take a seat on Howard County’s Democratic Central Committee. She has dedicated her career to positions that embody and advance the values and principles of the Democratic Party. Jackie has a particular passion for empowering individuals and building communities who have traditionally been left behind, ensuring they have a seat at the table.

Jackie spent 10 years as a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law and has held additional teaching appointments at UMD College Park, School of Public Health; and Nyack College’s former Washington D.C campus. She also has experience in both state and local government.

Jackie has a deep passion for service and a commitment to community. She is always willing to step up and help. She serves (and has previously served) on several local boards and is a member of numerous local organizations including:

  • Columbia Democratic Club
  • Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club
  • Leadership Howard County
  • Former Board Member of Zoning Appeals
  • United Way's Regional United Network Board
  • HoCo NAACP
  • African American Coalition of Howard County
  • Former Red Cross Board Member
  • Former member of local PTA's and PBSA's

Jackie holds a dual BA from Georgetown University; a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center; and a Masters in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown

Dhaval K. Shah

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Herb Smith

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