Politics Within Politics

May 31, 2019 | Tonia Bui

Meet the Honorable Aruna Miller: Community Trailblazer and Political Pipeline Leader

As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month ends in May, Politics Within Politics (PWP) features the honorable Aruna Miller. She is a former Maryland State Delegate and previous candidate for Congress in the 2018 Primary Election. Aruna continues to serve her community, building the political pipeline for other Indian Americans to run for office […]

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April 29, 2019 | Tonia Bui

Guest Blog: Candidates Need These Eight Steps to Run for Local Office

Are you a political operative ready to take on a candidate running for local office in 2020? This month’s Politics Within Politics blog features a guest post from Jonathon Rowland, CEO and President of Rowland Strategies, who gives women of color candidates eight essential steps to make sure they are prepared to run for local […]

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March 28, 2019 | Tonia Bui

A Look Back in History to Charge Ahead in Politics

During Women’s History Month in March, I looked back at my 15-year-old self when I competed in the historical oratory category of a speech competition. I stood in front of two judges — two males and one female — and delivered the following words in my most loudest and fiercest voice I could project: “…we […]

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February 20, 2019 | Tonia Bui

Know the Hidden Costs of Running for Public Office

For February, Politics Within Politics (PWP) wants to highlight a very important factor in a potential candidate’s decision to run for public office: cost. Every political campaign requires people, resources, and time for a candidate to reach as many voters as possible. There are two types of costs to consider. The first type is monetary […]

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January 24, 2019 | Tonia Bui

Ready for 2020: Recharge to Get Ready

To kick off the beginning of 2019, this month’s Politics Within Politics (PWP) is launching its “Ready for 2020” series. After the 2018 General Election, I took a reflection journey. My path led me to have conversations with other politically active women in Montgomery County. One theme frequently emerged from our discussions: the need to […]

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November 29, 2018 | Tonia Bui

Notable General Election Outcomes For Diverse Women Candidates in Montgomery County

Maryland saw a record number of women elected to the General Assembly for the General Elections. As November comes to a close, Politics Within Politics (PWP) would like to recognize a few notable outcomes from the November 6 election results for women candidates in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Historically Elected African American Women to House […]

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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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