ANNAPOLIS, MD – June 26, 2017 – Exactly one year before the 2018 primary elections, Germantown resident Bobby Bartlett has officially thrown his hat in the ring for Democratic Party nomination for the Maryland House of Delegates to represent District 39.
“I’m very excited to officially file today, and fired up to spend the next year working to knock every door in my district,” Bartlett said. “I’m running to take a stand against the insider machine politics and corruption that have for so long defined business in Annapolis, and held us back from making progress for working people.”
Bartlett is the only candidate in the race so far that has sworn off campaign contributions from corporations and their PACs.
District 39 is in upper Montgomery County and is comprised of parts or all of Germantown, Montgomery Village, Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, North Potomac and Washington Grove. The district is represented by three delegates and one senator, with the three delegate candidates with the most votes winning in both the primary and general elections.
“In the 2014 primary, only 13.7% of registered Democrats cast a vote in District 39, and all four members of our delegation ran unopposed. That’s unacceptable in a republic,” Bartlett said. “If we expect citizens to care, they need to feel they have a real choice and know what they’re voting for. I’ll give them that choice; to my view there are three open seats, and they’ll go to the candidates who can engage the voters and give them something to believe in.”
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 open from June 14 until June 21.
More information on Bartlett and his platform can be found at his website, BobbyBartlett.com.