After seeing how dedicated the Frederick County Democrats are, it’s no surprise the percentage of registered Democrats there has increased in recent years. My wife, Jessica, and I had a wonderful time at the party’s office on Saturday after its Central Committee chair, Deborah Carter, invited me to meet with voters about the issues that are important to them. What a thoughtful, committed group. They’re proud Democrats with strong opinions and enormous interest in the upcoming election for Maryland’s next governor. We covered a range of topics during our two-hour conversation.

Economic issues are particularly important to a number of…


As a boy growing up in Montgomery County, I often saw my dad shake his head at the latest medical headline (vitamin C prevents cancer) or conventional health wisdom (wear a coat or you’ll catch a cold). “It hasn’t been tested in a controlled study,” he’d tell me. As I got older and shared my thoughts with him on how to tackle social problems like poverty and crime, he’d say, “That’s a very interesting idea. But is there a rigorous study showing it really works?” Dad was a medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health, where he developed treatments…

Jon Baron

Dad, husband, former non-profit executive, nationally-recognized policy expert and proud Marylander.

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