The Washington Post
It’s a late afternoon in September on Homewood Parkway in Kensington, Md. Jeremiah Sullivan, 71, wearing green sweatpants and sporting a couple of days’ growth, opens his front door to find Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews.
“So you’re running for county executive? Is Ike still in there?” Sullivan asks, referring to County Executive Isiah Leggett.
He is, Andrews says.
“Wow, you have a tough row to hoe.”
“You’ll have a clear choice,” Andrews says.
For several hours almost every day since January, this has been Andrews’s routine — and the core of his grass-roots campaign for Montgomery County executive. By his count, he’s approached about 13,000 doorsteps to make his pitch, enduring bad weather, yapping dogs and residents who wonder if he’s handing out religious tracts. He hopes to reach 30,000 doors before the June Democratic primary.
He figures to be heavily outspent by the two big dogs in the race, Leggett, the two-term incumbent, and Doug Duncan, who held the job for the 12 preceding years. That fundraising gap will be widened by Andrews’s career-long policy of refusing campaign contributions from political action committees and real estate developers.