HAGERSTOWN - Resurgence was the theme as Washington County Democrats gathered Thursday evening for their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, and while they're outnumbered here, they invoked both national and state victories in last year's election to rally the troops for next year.
Candidates who lost closely fought races in November encouraged local Democrats to close the gap next year. Andrew Duck, who lost his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., covered a table in the corridor of the Four Points Sheraton with campaign material for next time. Brian Grim, who ran against state Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Washington, had buttons and cards there as well, hinting at his intention to run again.
Noting he'd done better in the last election than anyone imagined he would - Grim claimed 43 percent of the vote - he told the crowd that "a strong Democratic campaign can succeed in Western Maryland."
And with the U.S. Senate and House as well as Maryland's governorship back in Democratic hands, Grim said the party is "on the brink" of making more strides in next year's election.