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

Jonathon Rowland at the campaign launch for former Iowa State Senator Swati Dandekar during her Congressional race in 2014.

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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A Look Back in History to Charge Ahead in Politics

202019 (2)

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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Know the Hidden Costs of Running for Public Office

202019

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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Ready for 2020: Recharge to Get Ready

202019

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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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

PWP Top Down Races

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)

PART 3

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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