|Name||Deborah A. Vollmer|
Chevy Chase, Maryland , United States
|| January 15, 1948
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
|Last Modifed||U Ole Polecat|
Jan 31, 2008 11:08am
|Info||Deborah A. Vollmer is a resident of the Town of Chevy Chase. She was born on January 15, 1948, to Aline Fruhauf Vollmer and Erwin P. Vollmer. Her late mother was a local artist and her father is a retired scientist for NIH. Deborah (whose friends call her Deb or Debbie) grew up in what is now the Town of Chevy Chase, attending local public schools and graduating from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1966. She attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated with a B.A. in Government in 1970. She received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1973. |
Deborah moved to California and started practicing law as a staff attorney for Cesar Chavez and The United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO. She later worked for the Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance. Her work for these organizations introduced her to what would become the foundation of her legal career: a focus on community issues and concerns. When she opened her own law practice, she concentrated on court-appointed criminal defense for low income people. She also handled civil litigation cases, including civil rights and environmental protection issues.
While in California, Deborah was a politically active Democrat. She was the Democratic nominee for the 21st Congressional District in both 1992 and 1996 against Republican incumbent Bill Thomas. These races gave Deborah valuable experience in campaigning under adverse conditions.
Deborah returned to Maryland in the fall of 1997 and shares her father's home. Shortly after her return, she decided to run in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District seat in 1998 and finished 2nd in a field of seven candidates after campaigning for only four months and spending a modest $2,500 of her own funds. Her supporters encouraged her to run again and in the spring of 2000 she was once again a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District. This time, there were five Democratic candidates. Deborah again came in second, after spending a mere $5,000 on her campaign. She ran again for this seat in 2002, in the hotly contested Democratic primary won by Chris Van Hollen. As with her previous Congressional campaigns, she spoke out in support of universal health care and the public financing of campaigns. She also took a strong position in this campaign against the U.S. mobilization to go to war against Iraq.
In addition to working on the Congressional campaigns, Deborah is politically active on other fronts, working with organizations such as the Gray Panthers, the Coalition for Universal Health Care, and the Health Care for All Coalition (Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative). Her work is directed toward the implementation of a national system of universal, single-payer health care. She has had letters-to-the-editor published in local newspapers (including the Gazette and the Journal) on such topics as campaign finance reform and universal health care. She is a member of the following organizations: Greater Washington Americans for Democratic Action, the Board of United Democrats. the Woman's National Democratic Club, the Woman's Suburban Democratic Club, and the Montgomery County Green Democrats.