The Maryland Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC) recently made endorsements for the 2018 Maryland Primary and General elections. Endorsements included state candidates in the House, Senate, Attorney General, Comptroller, and Governor’s race.
The endorsement process truly exemplifies the grassroots nature of Farm Bureau. Through the use of each county’s Candidate Evaluation Committee (CEC), members have the opportunity to share their opinions on candidates of each district. The CEC’s review candidate surveys, discuss year-round interaction with incumbents, discuss the qualifications of challengers, and make endorsement recommendations. The PAC Board uses the information from the counties, along with voting records of incumbents and the political acumen of challengers or open-seat candidates, to determine who to support.
Of the 585 candidates seeking office for the upcoming term, 188 completed our candidate survey with interest in receiving a Maryland Farm Bureau’s support. A total of 107 candidates were endorsed during the PAC Board’s April meeting. The candidates endorsed at this time were running in the Primary election. A Voter’s Guide was sent to media outlets throughout the state and posted on Maryland Farm Bureau’s website. We’re proud to announce that 88% of the candidates that we supported were successful in the Primary election.
Following the Primary election, the PAC Board met in August to review candidate endorsements to determine if additional support was needed in any areas. There were 4 more endorsements made at this meeting – totaling 97 endorsed candidates for the General election this fall. As part of our “Get Out the Vote” drive, a Voter’s Guide will be mailed to Maryland Farm Bureau members in October with each endorsement made by the PAC Board.
An endorsement is recognition of a candidate’s commitment to the issues important to the agricultural community in Maryland. Our support highlights the strong working relationship between farmers and endorsed candidates, both in the halls of Annapolis and back at local farm community events.
The Maryland Farm Bureau PAC is non-partisan. The endorsement process is intended to draw attention to farm issues in an election year, increase voter turnout, and build a stronger relationship between local farmers and their elected officials. Be on the lookout for your Voter’s Guide in the mail!
By the authority of Cathy Kaptain, Treasurer of Maryland Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC)