ASHLAND — The turnout for the first Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee spaghetti dinner of 2015 was standing room only. Carly Fiorina, that evening's special guest was very pleased.
May's all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners will be on Friday, May 15 this time with former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich. Join us for spaghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and desserts. The dinner is held at the American Legion Hall, 37 Main Street, Ashland, from 5-7 p.m.
Governor Ehrlich is eyeing a possible run for President in 2016. In addition to having served as governor, U.S. congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he currently counsels clients on government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development.
As Maryland's first Republican governor in 36 years when elected in 2002, he improved Maryland's fiscal condition by turning $4 billion in inherited budget deficits into $2.3 billion in surpluses. His pro growth economic policies helped create 100,000 new private sector jobs. He is an advocate for Maryland's technology economy, enacting policies that positioned Maryland as a national leader in education, biotechnology, health care, and minority business advancement. He made record investments in public schools and authored Maryland's first public charter schools law, enabling more than 7,000 students to attend 30 new public charter schools. He doubled funding for need-based college scholarships, helping college enrollment reach an all-time high.
Governor Ehrlich launched construction on 123 statewide transportation projects in four years, and managed the most successful military base realignment and closure strategy in the nation. He toughened penalties for sex offenders, drunk driving, and witness intimidation and established Maryland's first Office of Homeland Security.
His visit to the dinner in Ashland is part of his goal "to figure out— one, again if there is a demand for my brand of politics, and two, if there is, whether we can do well here... That's the two-part test."
Tickets are $10 at the door for adults, $5 for children 5-12 years, and 4 and under free with a special family price of $25.
Other dinner dates for 2015 are June 19 with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16.