ANNAPOLIS, MD – March 15, 2017 – Germantown, Md. resident Bobby Bartlett announced Wednesday his candidacy for Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly. He will be running as a Democrat in District 39, which encompasses parts of Germantown, Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village and Washington Grove.
“I’m running because we’ve got big problems in this country that none of our leaders seem willing to fix, and I’m no longer content to sit back and wait for someone else to set things right.” Bartlett said. “The nihilism that has taken root in the White House and on Capitol Hill underscores the importance of state and local government in rebuilding our republic.”
Bartlett made his announcement shortly after testifying before the Maryland Senate Finance Committee in favor of SB 962, a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill highlights a core theme of Bartlett’s message that national problems such as economic justice can be addressed at the state level, without regard to who holds power in Washington.
Other stated priorities in his address included fighting corruption and protecting the environment, issues where Bartlett said Maryland has the opportunity to lead the way nationwide. He also noted Democrats’ strong and enduring majority in Annapolis, and vowed to challenge those who would obstruct the progressive agenda, regardless of their party.
“Democrats have held the majority in both houses of the General Assembly for 97 years,” Bartlett said. “I promise you that if I am elected, I will bring the fight to anyone, of any party, who stands in the way of progress, who puts profits over people.”
Bartlett spent the bulk of his professional life in the sports business, most recently spending three seasons with women’s professional soccer team, the Washington Spirit, where he was the director of ticket sales. Since leaving that industry, he has pursued his passion for politics as an activist and an organizer for Progressive Maryland, which advocates for a number of causes, and with Represent.Maryland, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.
The 2018 primary election for Maryland state offices and local races will be held on June 26, 2018, with early voting beginning June 14.
More information on Bartlett and his platform can be found at his website, BobbyBartlett.com.