Category: Campaign

Byron Touts Record & Commitment to Progressive Leadership in HoCo Times Profile

Earlier this week, the Howard County Times published its first profile on Byron and the race for County Council District 4. Byron touted his proven record of progressive advocacy on issues like marriage equality, protecting our immigrant community, and getting big money out of politics. He also made clear that as a Council member, he’d lead on the difficult issues, including those with national implications: “There are times… in local government when we are going to have to step up.”

Byron also discussed development and growth in Columbia. “The more I talk to people, the more concern I hear that Howard County is unaffordable for people… There’s concern about whether… development is occurring in a way that is shaped by the community’s values.”

While Byron is committed to being a progressive leader on the County Council, he explained his belief that this means “listening to people, respecting where they’re coming from and trying to incorporate their concerns into whatever decision you make.” He’ll be a Council member who will always listen to the people of District 4 and all of Howard County.

Read the full article HERE.

 

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Byron Marches in Baltimore Pride Parade with U.S. Sen. Van Hollen, Del. Mary Washington

Baltimore’s Pride celebrations were covered in the Washington Blade. Click the screenshot to read the full story.

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Byron marched in the Baltimore Gay Pride Parade, which traveled from the neighborhoods of Mt. Vernon to Old Goucher. This was Byron’s 11th Baltimore Pride as an out gay man. “I remember my first Pride, how exhilarating it was to be out of the closet, and how amazing it was to see and meet so many people like me. Experiencing the love and solidarity in this community made coming out easier, has made being out exciting and enriching, and has made the battles we’ve waged for our right to be out and free and equal ones where we’ve succeeded over and over again. Our work goes on and we’ll continue to prove that love and equality will win.”

The Grand Marshals for the parade were U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a longtime ally of the LGBT community, and State Delegate Mary Washington, one of the first African-American lesbian legislators in America. Other LGBT elected officials marching included State Senator Rich Madaleno, the first openly gay state Senator in Maryland history and a candidate for governor, College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn, and Delegate Luke Clippinger. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Delegate Brooke Lierman were other allies who marched.

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Byron Files to Run for Council, Kicks Off Campaign

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Byron Macfarlane officially became a candidate for Howard County Council, District 4. The following day, at the home of two close friends, Bob Fontaine and Doug Lea, Byron kicked off his campaign. He was joined by dozens of supporters, friends, and family, along with County Council Chairman Jon Weinstein (D1), County Council Members Calvin Ball (D2) and Jen Terrasa (D3), State Delegates Clarence Lam (D12), Eric Ebersole (D12), Vanessa Atterbeary (D13), and Frank Turner (D13). Byron talked about his deep Howard County roots, his accomplishments as Register of Wills, his passion for public education, and his commitment to fighting for progressive values while always looking for compromise and collaboration.

Byron’s announcement received the attention of the online news outlet MarylandReporter.com and the local blog, Spartan Considerations.

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Washington Blade Highlight’s Byron’s Announcement

Macfarlane announces bid for HoCo Council

May 24, 2017 | by Steve Charing
Byron Macfarlane, gay news, Washington Blade

Byron Macfarlane is running for County Council in Howard.

Byron Macfarlane, Howard County’s Register of Wills and the first openly gay person elected to a countywide office, announced on May 17 a run for County Council. The 4th District for which he will be running covers parts of Columbia, including the villages of Town Center, Wilde Lake, Harper’s Choice, Hickory Ridge, and River Hill as well as Maple Lawn, Highland, and part of North Laurel.

“As Register of Wills, I’ve been working to make a positive change in people’s lives for over six years,” Macfarlane said in a statement.  “I love my job but it’s time for me to make a change.”

Macfarlane, 34, notes that the timing is right given the uncertain times and the coarsening of the political system.

“After 18 years of political activism, I can tell you that each of us does, indeed, have the power to make positive change,” he said. “In the 2018 election, we can and must stand together for our shared progressive values, and choose the future that we want for ourselves and the next generation.”

Macfarlane, a Democrat, was elected as Register of Wills in 2010, narrowly defeating the six-term Republican incumbent Kay Hartleb. He won re-election in 2014 running unopposed.

His tenure at that position has been marked by a technological overhaul of his office and legislative initiatives aimed at making the probate process more streamlined and less expensive for Maryland families.

“I stepped out of my formal role to advocate for progressive causes, such as marriage equality, protecting the immigrant population from Donald Trump, and campaign finance reform that would get big money out of local elections,” Macfarlane told the Blade.

His campaign for County Council will officially kick off on June 10.

(See the original post on the Washington Blade website here)

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Byron’s Campaign Kick-Off

Byron’s Campaign Kick-Off

Join Delegates Clarence Lam and Vanessa Atterbeary, along with hosts Bob Fontaine and Doug Lea, to kick off Byron’s campaign for Howard County Council, District 4.

When: June 10, 2017 (12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Where: 10964 Eight Bells Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

This event is free, however, contributions are appreciated. Please make any checks payable to “Friends of Byron Macfarlane”.

Authority: Friends of Byron Macfarlane, Charles Bubeck, Treasurer.

RSVP on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/695763653928612

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