Democratic activist and fundraiser Hamza Khan officially kicked off his District 15 campaign for the Maryland House of Delegates last Sunday afternoon at the Potomac Community Center.
Khan, 30, said that more than 100 “everyday voters” showed up for his kickoff announcement, including former Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D).
In 2016, Khan worked as a fundraiser for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, in which he was responsible for raising over a million dollars.
Khan also worked as the Director of Community Outreach for Rep. John Delaney’s (D-Md.) 2014 congressional campaign and is the founder of the Montgomery County Muslim Democrats.
Khan’s LinkedIn page lists that he has been the president of Tamerlane Public Affairs since November 2014.
Khan is well known in Montgomery County Democratic circles and has developed a sizeable political network countywide.
State Sen. Brian J. Feldman (D-Potomac) is running for re-election alongside incumbent Delegates Kathleen Dumas and David Fraiser-Hidalgo (D). Feldman, Dumas and Fraiser-Hidalgo have teamed up and plan to campaign together. The three incumbents do not intend to team up with a non-incumbent candidate.
Del. Aruna Miller (D-Darnestown) is running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, leaving an open seat in the District 15 delegation.
A torrent of new candidates have recently jumped into the Democratic primary to replace Miller, including Montgomery County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Economic & Workforce Development Lily Qi; Kevin Mack, Rep. John Delaney’s Montgomery and Frederick County District Director; Democratic activist Tony Puca; Air Force Reservist Amy Frieder; former CQ researcher and reporter Andy Van Wye; education consultant Jaye Espy; and Anis Ahmed of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights.
Khan is a 2005 graduate of Winston Churchill High School. His LinkedIn profile lists that he attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Montgomery College.
*Photos courtesy of Edward Kimmel.