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the U.S. Congress to ensure ocean health through electoral and legislative action.

Exciting Night for a New Champion

Posted by: Mike Dunmyer

On Friday night I had the honor of representing Ocean Champions at ’s victory party.  Mr. Kratovil was declared the winner of Maryland’s 1st District last Tuesday, beating Republican Andy Harris by just over 2,000 votes.  As you can imagine, the energy in the room was tremendous – fueled by the excitement of winning such a hotly contested race and by the anticipation of great achievements over the next two years.  The event was a veritable who’s who in Maryland politics, with Governor Martin O’Malley, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senator Ben Cardin, and incumbent 1st District Representative and longtime Ocean Champion attending, among others.

A short time after I got there, I had a chance to talk with Mr. Kratovil and congratulate him on his victory.  When I introduced myself as a representative of Ocean Champions, he immediately thanked me for all that we had done for him on his campaign.  I also met with Tim McCann.  Tim was Mr. Kratovil’s Finance and Campaign Director and now will become his Chief of Staff in Congress.  I let both know how happy we were that they’d won, and that we looked forward to working with them in Congress.

Before leaving, I took the opportunity to thank Wayne Gilchrest for all that he’d done for the Chesapeake Bay.  Mr. Gilchrest was the first candidate Ocean Champions ever endorsed, and he was a great champion throughout his time in the House.  It’s a shame to see him go, but as our endorsement suggests, Ocean Champions is confident that Mr. Kratovil will be strong on the Bay and the oceans.

After watching Mr. Kratovil through his campaign, and now meeting him in person, I can see the sense of purpose and conviction he has, and his idealism comes through as genuine.  I believe Maryland’s 1st District has made a wise choice, and as a result, a new Ocean Champion will soon begin his first term as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Date Posted: November 17, 2008 @ 10:26 am

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