Politics Within Politics

October 19, 2018 | Tonia Bui

Top Down Races Lack Women Candidates in the General Election for Montgomery County Voters

Across Montgomery County, several women of color candidates made it to the General Election. A number of them are incumbents, former candidates, and even first time candidates. Most of these candidates were nominated by the Democratic Party but they face Republican challengers as well. The presence of these women of color candidates makes sense because we […]

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September 19, 2018 | Tonia Bui

Part III: An Open Letter to My Husband (Former Political Candidate)

To my dearest Hoan, Many referred to me as “Mrs. Dang” when you were running for County Council (At-Large). I did not take being a candidate’s wife lightly. Even though the political campaign brought chaos into our lives, I walked away from it all with one important lesson: how to be a partner. (more…)

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August 27, 2018 | Tonia Bui

Part II: Open Letter to Campaign Family and Friends

Dear Campaign Family and Friends,  The sacrifices you made for the 2018 Primary Election were priceless. While many people supported us by voting, volunteering, and donating, you all made sacrifices that were invisible to the eye.  So many of you rearranged (and rearranged again) schedules so we could spend precious time together to celebrate holidays, milestones, […]

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July 11, 2018 | Tonia Bui

Part I: An Open Letter to Self-Proclaimed Feminists

Politics Within Politics (PWP) is back after nearly 15 months of campaigning in the 2018 Primary Election cycle. I am pleased to revive PWP by launching an Open Letter series capturing my personal experiences as a political operative for my husband’s recent campaign for Montgomery County Council At-Large.  Happy reading, Tonia Dear Self-Proclaimed Feminists, I […]

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October 30, 2017 | Tonia Bui

Five Facts to Know Before You Register to Vote in Montgomery County

County residents still have time to sign up to vote between now and June 5, 2018. Here are some key facts to know before registering to vote in Montgomery County for the very first time. Did You Know…Voters must have a political party affiliation to vote in the Primary Election? Be prepared to state your […]

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July 17, 2017 | Tonia Bui

Loretta Garcia: Moved by Political Movements

For this month, Politics Within Politics features Loretta Garcia, an elected member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC), representing District 16. Loretta, an attorney, has worn many hats in politics at the local, state and national level.  Loretta recently sat down with us to provide insight on her introduction to politics and how […]

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April 24, 2017 | Tonia Bui

Do You Know Your Political Jargon?

Every political operative acquires a brand new vocabulary while serving on the campaign trail.  If you live and work in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, its even more difficult to avoid the political jargon while at work, on the Metro, and even in restaurants. For those who have taken the political training, found the perfect […]

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March 28, 2017 | Tonia Bui

Insights on Helping Other Women Succeed in Politics and Beyond

As Women’s History Month in March wraps up, I want to acknowledge other female political operatives who have supported me as I encountered the many challenges associated with being involved in politics. Women greatly need other women to back them, especially in male dominated settings of political campaign work.  For this month’s issue of PWP, […]

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February 21, 2017 | Tonia Bui

Run in Politics, Don’t Just March

A peaceful march is only one way of getting your voice heard. After the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, there has been a surge of more women seeking elected office nationwide. Diverse women are now building the groundwork to enable them to run for seats at all levels of government – school board, city council, […]

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January 4, 2017 | Tonia Bui

Politically Recharge with Good Reads About Women Shaping Politics

Now is the most crucial time ever to reflect on how women can support each other in the political setting.  The emerging rhetoric from this past election has created an unexpected discourse that inhibits women’s progress in American politics. In December, I reconvened with other Asian American political activists, community leaders, and campaign staff, and […]

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