Maryland – Tuesday, December 8th, the Maryland Democratic Party recognized the one-year anniversary of Chair Yvette Lewis returning to the Party — highlighting the successes she’s led. Lewis first served as the Party’s Chair from 2011 to 2015, becoming the second African American woman to hold the post. Under her watch, the Party saw historic achievements and prosperity — she raised $7 million and ran two statewide coordinated campaigns. Lewis was re-elected as Chair in 2019, when she began building a stronger Democratic infrastructure that will last for cycles to come.
“Over the past year, the Maryland Democratic Party has seen unprecedented success. Not only did Democrats win up and down the ballot by never before seen margins — under Chair Lewis’ leadership, we’ve built the foundation of a solidly Blue Maryland for years to come,” said Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Eva Lewis. “With Chair Lewis at the helm, and the tireless work of our extraordinary staff, elected officials, committee members, and volunteers, the future of the Maryland Democratic Party is in good hands. I’m confident that we’ll go into the 2021 and 2022 election cycles stronger than ever — and in turn, we’re going to win Democratic victories across the state.”
Under Chair Lewis’ leadership, the party won the 2020 election with historic margins. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won the state by 65.7%, the highest vote percentage ever received by any presidential ticket, they also received 1,985,023 votes — a record by over 300 thousand votes. Across the state, all seven Democratic House Representatives were re-elected in landslide victories, and in Baltimore, Mayor-elect Brandon Scott and an entirely Democratic city council won decisively.
These victories were made possible by a renewed focus on engaging with voters, maintaining financial stability and building lasting infrastructure. Despite a pandemic, the Party bolstered organizing efforts over the past year. With organizers for each region of the state and thousands of volunteers, the Party made more than 723,000 direct voter contact attempts. Behind all of this, a prioritization of financial diligence, and dedication to fundraising in even the most difficult of times raised 54% more than the previous year, and led to 85% more cash on hand.
The Maryland Democratic Party will take these investments into the 2021 and 2022 cycles, where they will expand the Democratic State House and Senate majorities, regain the Governorship, and win countless Democratic victories in local elections.