Politics Within Politics

This blog will serve as a commentary that explores issues related to the intersection of American politics, race, and gender. Its focus is on the leadership of diverse women who served or currently serve in a role that contributes to shaping the outcome of political campaigns or civic engagement/voting efforts. The blog will also explore the gender parity that exists among those who hold elected office.

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Notable General Election Outcomes For Diverse Women Candidates in Montgomery County

Diverse Outcomes

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

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

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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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Part II: Open Letter to Campaign Family and Friends

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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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Part I: An Open Letter to Self-Proclaimed Feminists

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

5 Facts for MoCo Voters

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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Loretta Garcia: Moved by Political Movements

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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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Do You Know Your Political Jargon?

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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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Insights on Helping Other Women Succeed in Politics and Beyond

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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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Run in Politics, Don't Just March

Run In Politics

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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