Tom Coale, Democratic Candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates, District 9B:
Candor. Collaboration. Confidence. As I listened to Tom Coale speak at his fundraiser at Portalli's on Thursday night, I realized how much those things mean to me as I look at this election. I'm looking for honest, open leaders who aren't afraid to work with the community. I'm looking for positive energy, a genuine desire to do good.
Tom is really the embodiment of those things. Yes, I know it sounds hokey, but you don't have to spend more than ten minutes with him to realize he's the real deal. Now, I don't have the experience to analyze what motivates people to come out for political fundraisers but I'm hoping that the reason this event was packed was precisely this: a true endorsement for what Tom stands for. And a desire to be a part of that.
An aside: Portalli's did a great job hosting the event, and they now have a rooftop deck space--who knew?
As I left, I went through the upstairs dining room. It was empty except for the sound of expert piano playing. I started to walk thorough but the jazz standards were just too enticing. I went back.
"May I take your picture?"
As I turned to go, he asked, "Do you have a request?"
I said, "Yes. Don't ever stop playing."