Erwin Rose for Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, At Large

ELECTION UPDATE  (as of 7/16/2018)

The Board of Elections has declared the winners of the election for Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC).  Three of the four members of my slate, who ran with me for the male at-large seats, won seats on the committee:  Scott Goldberg, Dave Kunes, and I.

I hope that the fourth member of our team, Chris Bradbury, will stay involved.  I congratulate Juan Cardenas for leading the field of ten candidates for the four male at-large seats as well as everyone who won the female at-large and district-based seats (see link below for all the results).  I also hope that the other candidates, and everyone who got involved in the election, will stay engaged in supporting our party locally.

I thank everyone who voted for me (29,890 people) for your trust.  I am extremely grateful to all of you who supported our campaign actively through contributions of time, money, advice, encouragement, and spreading the word.  Let's continue to work together to strengthen the Democratic Party by making it more democratic and to elect Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull governor and lieutenant governor of Maryland in November. 

Although the 2018 election for MCDCC is over, new donations to Friends of Erwin Rose will enable me to maintain this website to publicize my work in the Montgomery County Democratic Party and help pay for me to attend events to promote local civic engagement. 

Please stay in touch and let me know if you have any advice or questions about my role on the committee, if you would like to tell me about what you're doing, or if I can help you find ways to participate effectively in local politics.

MD Board of Elections:  Unofficial Primary Results for Montgomery County 



Strengthening the Democratic Party for all of us!



"Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls."

Preamble of the 2016 Democratic Platform

What am I running for?

What is the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee?

Why should you care?


Meet Erwin Rose

  • Life-long commitment to public service
  • Experienced community and political organizer
  • Thoughtful and tenacious advocate

Erwin has been a leader in community issues and local politics in Montgomery County, MD since he and his family moved to Rosemary Hills in Silver Spring in 2001: 

  • Democratic Precinct Chair for Lyttonsville, Rosemary Hills, and part of Rock Creek Forest in Silver Spring, MD (Legislative District 18, Precinct 13-16).
  • Secretary of the Legislative District 18 Democratic Caucus.
  • Former member of Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, appointed by the County Executive, elected Parliamentary Vice Chair. 

Erwin is a union member with past experience ranging from community organizing in the Bronx to international climate change negotiation:

  • Member, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO.
  • US delegate to the historic UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.  
  • Managed an annual budget of $800 million for President Obama's Global Climate Change Initiative.
  • Chairman of the Board of the American International School in Israel.   
  • Chief of Staff to NY State Senator Franz Leichter.
  • Tenant organizer for the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition.
  • MA, Education, Columbia University; LLM, Energy Law & Policy, University of Dundee (Scotland); BA, English and History, University of Pennsylvania.

Why I'm Running and Why I Ask for Your Support

Please support my campaign to serve on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC), in an at-large (county-wide) seat, in the June 2018 Democratic primary election.  The MCDCC is the governing body of the party in the county, the equivalent of the Democratic National Committee.  I want to strengthen the Democratic Party to advance a progressive political agenda that protects our common values and improves the quality of life for all Montgomery County residents.

Getting involved in our local Democratic organization is one of the most powerful ways to respond to the present political crisis.  We need a stronger Democratic Party to promote compassion and tolerance, protect the environment and fight climate change, foster economic opportunity, provide quality education to all students, prevent gun violence, and improve the transportation system.  I can do more to help achieve these goals as a member of the Committee.


MORE about why I'm running

My Program

  • I propose that the Committee develop a network of block captains to serve as the foundation of the local Party.
  • The Committee should empower existing area coordinators and precinct officials to recruit and support block captains and other activists.
  • I will lead community-based policy dialogues to engage Democrats on substantive issues and develop a clear and compelling party agenda. 
  • With a grassroots-focused organizing strategy, the Central Committee can play a more powerful role in motivating citizens to vote and become actively engaged in local issues and political campaigns. 
  • The Committee has the extraordinary power to select members of the General Assembly when vacancies occur, as recommendations to the governor.  I applaud the Committee for endorsing legislation to hold special elections instead.  Until special elections are enacted we must ensure that the Committee exercises its authority transparently and responsibly.
  • Energizing MoCo Democrats will improve local governance and make the difference in electing progressive Democrats in local and state-wide offices.

My Policy Agenda



A major objective of my campaign is to show that the climate crisis can be addressed locally.  I love how Congressman Jamie Raskin frames its importance and cross-cutting nature:  “Climate change isn’t just an issue,” Rep. Raskin said at his campaign kickoff announcement in 2016. “It is the entire context in which we have to make all our public policy decisions.”   Click for more on Climate Change.


Economy & JOBS

There is tremendous inequality in Montgomery County.  Ranked by median household income, 2012-2016, MoCo is the 14th richest county in the United States.  Yet 7% of residents live below the poverty line and many more struggle to make ends meet.   Click for more on Economy & Jobs.



The public school system is perhaps our most valuable asset and best example of the value of local government and taxes put to good use.  Approximately half the County budget, about $2.5 billion in 2018, goes to Montgomery County Public Schools, which with 162,000 students is the largest school system in Maryland.  35% of public school students (K-12) are in the Free and Reduced-price Meals System, generally meaning they are in poverty.  Click for more on Education. 





We cannot take basic environmental quality for granted.  Montgomery County is not necessarily immune from the type of catastrophe that devastated Flint, Michigan.  Democrats should promote improved access to public information on air and water quality and enforce the highest environmental and public health standards.  Click for more on Environment.


Governance and Reform  

Our public schools are excellent, crime is relatively low, and we have reasonable social services.  However, there is much room for improvement and there are serious problems such as an excessive emphasis on roads as opposed to mass transit and the challenge of having our schools and other public services keep up with population growth.  Increased civic participation and transparency, and reducing the influence of money in electoral campaigns, are the best ways to improve governance.  Click for more on Governance and Reform.



I will lead an effort to make tax reform a top priority.  The Democratic Party needs to advance clear proposals for a progressive tax code.  Too many Democratic officials talk about inequality and promise to expand public services but fail to support specific tax reform measures because they are afraid of alienating wealthy donors. Click for more on Taxes.



Erwin is the only candidate for MCDCC endorsed by the Montgomery County Green Democrats

Click here for a list of endorsements by progressive leaders from throughout the county.

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Get Involved

We'd love to hear from you, particularly if you would like to donate time or money to the campaign.  


Make a Donation

Financial contributions to Friends of Erwin Rose are critical to help us get our message out.  As with all elections, the amount of money we raise will be a major factor in our success.  It would cost tens of thousands of dollars to mail one piece of literature to every voter.  Your donation will help support on-line outreach, print flyers, and hopefully even yard signs.    

Please send as generous a check as you can payable to:  "Friends of Erwin Rose" at 8714 Maywood Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910-5023 or pay by credit card through the "Donate" link below.


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