PHOTOS: Candidates intercept commuters


APR 14 — Campaign volunteers were out to get Metro commuters this morning.

There was no escaping them, or the candidates themselves. US congressman Chris Van Hollen, running for the US senate, and state senator Jaimie Raskin, running for Van Hollen’s Congress seat, shook hands and chatted with constituents on the pavement outside the Takoma Metro station entrance.

The station is in Washington, DC, but it is just across the street from Takoma Park, MD and most of the commuters coming in from the east were Maryland residents.


US congressman Chris Van Hollen and state senator Jaimie Raskin. Photo by Bill Brown.

Takoma Park’s mayor Kate Stewart, was there, as was councilmember Peter Kovar. Stewart’s mother-in-law Barbara Griffith handed out flyers. As did a mother-daughter team Tina Slater and her adult daughter Jessica Slater.

Over a dozen campaigners distributed fliers and leaflets and directed constituents to the candidates. Campaigners included Emily Koechlin, Shruti Bhatnagar, Crystal Ruiz, Joseph Eyong, Susan Farnsworth, Kathleen Long, Jesse Warren, and Paul Huebner.


They reminded passers-by that today, April 14 was the start of early voting.

The closest early voting location is the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD at the corner of Fenton and and Ellsworth in downtown.

There are nine other early voting locations. Montgomery County’s board of elections site lists them on their comprehensive election website,

Early primary election voting runs through April 21, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


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Bill Brown
Bill Brown moved to Takoma Park in 1982. He has been involved in journalism in one way or another since he co-published an underground high-school newspaper in the late 1960s.