Former GOP Rep Wayne Gilchrest Endorses Jesse Colvin for 1st District House Race


1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Jesse Colvin announced an endorsement from former Representative Wayne Gilchrest on Monday.

The endorsement, coming from the moderate Republican congressman who represented the 1st District from 1991 until 2009, marks a major win for Colvin’s campaign to unseat Representative Andy Harris in a district in which many thought a Democrat couldn’t compete.

“Jesse Colvin is an honest man, who sees America through the eyes of someone rooted in the soil of our history,” Congressman Gilchrest said after he gave the endorsement. “The integration of integrity, between all of us, is the foundation of the words, ‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’. Jesse will continue those ideals, by taking his turn to knit our communities together.”

Congressman Gilchrest is also a military veteran, having served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marines.

Jesse has distinguished himself from the rest of the primary field by demonstrating his ability to build relationships across the aisle, which are critical to representing a district like Maryland’s CD1. Much like Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Jesse is focused on bringing people together through practical solutions to local problems.

Here is Jesse’s statement on the endorsement:

“This is big for our campaign, but it’s even bigger for our district. Representative Gilchrest served our district with integrity for nearly two decades, and I’m honored to receive his endorsement. His support shows that we have what it takes to build relationships that bridge divides, at a time when leaders in Washington are only dividing us further. We are building a coalition, because that is what it’s going to take to unseat Andy Harris in November.”

Letters to Editor

  1. Deirdre LaMotte says

    Thank you Wayne Gilchrest for all you have done, and continue to do, for our county. You are a treasure. As our contemporary American politics continues to devolve, the 1st District has a man running for Congress who will advocate our District’s needs.

    Jesse Colvin will be our hands-on Representative who will bridge the gulf among people in order to tackle our issues. Much like Wayne did. As a veteran who was deployed four times to Iraq and a scholar , Jesse is well prepared to represent us with keen insight and integrity. And, he is a really great guy!

  2. Daniel N Lessard says

    We miss you Wayne.

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