Waterman to Challenge Ambrose for MDGOP National Committeewoman
Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Diana Waterman has announced she will be challenging incumbent Maryland Republican National Committeewoman Nicolee Ambrose at this year’s Maryland Republican Party Convention.
Waterman announced her candidacy in an email to Central Committee members:
From: Diana Waterman
Date: April 9, 2020 at 5:16:31 PM EDT
Subject: I’m in…
Dear Fellow Central Committee Member:
By now, you may or may not have heard that I am running for National Committeewoman. So I want to make it official….I am running for Maryland National Committeewoman and I would greatly appreciate your vote this spring.
I am running for National Committeewoman (NCW) because I want to serve our State Party again. I believe my experience from serving as State Party Chair and the relationships I built with the RNC during that time will help me to be a strong advocate for the Maryland Republican Party as the NCW. In every position I have held, my only goal has been to grow our Republican Party – to increase the number of registered Republican voters, to increase the number of elected Republican officials at all levels of government, and to help spread and share our message of limited government, lower taxes, and personal responsibility. That is still my goal. I have no agenda and no goals of running for future elected office.
For those of you who don’t know me, I want to take a few minutes to introduce myself to you.
I am attaching to this email as well as inserting below, a brief recap of some of the things I’ve done in my political life and my non-political life (yes, there is one of them).
Currently, I am serving my second two-year term as President of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women. I was also appointed to fill a vacancy on my county Republican Central Committee last year. Prior to that, I was the Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party (Dirk’s predecessor). I was elected to the QACRCC in 2006 and served until I had to resign after I was elected Chairman of the MDGOP.
When I took office in 2013 as Chairman of the Party, our Party was in deep financial trouble, in debt over $150,000. While I was Chairman, we not only raised enough money to pull ourselves out of debt, but we gave the Party a strong financial foundation and accomplished so much more. I led the Party through two very successful election cycles, helping to elect President Trump in 2016, and in 2014, helping to elect Governor Larry Hogan, increase GOP numbers in both the State House and Senate, and dramatically enlarge the number of locally elected Republicans. We held 5 out of the 9 County Executive Seats as well. We grew our number of registered Republicans, turning some counties from blue to red.
In 2015, the MDGOP held one of our most successful Red, White, and Blue Dinners with our very special guest, presidential candidate Donald Trump – exactly one week after he descended the golden escalator and announced his candidacy! The room was packed, the money I was raised was one of the highest net profits in the history of the MDGOP, and everyone was treated to an exceptional evening – a preview of the GREAT things to come!
In the 2016 Presidential election, I worked closely with the Maryland Trump Campaign and its State Co-Chairs Nick Panuzio and Joe Sliwka. The Party not only purchased a large number of 4×8 signs but we also coordinated the purchase and distribution of all Trump collateral – 4×8 signs, yard signs, bumper stickers, shirts, and more! At the National Convention, I was proud to announce that all of Maryland’s Delegates were cast for the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump! (as a side note, I want to thank my staff and friends – I could not have done any of this without them as they helped me carry this load while I went through breast cancer treatment in 2016).
I have always been a grassroots person. Because I have served and continue to serve on my County RCC, I understand and appreciate the job that you as CC members do. And I’ve always worked hard to try to give you the tools and help you need to accomplish your work in your counties. I have knocked doors with many of you in quite a few of our jurisdictions and I think we can do even better!
I have championed and tried to promote and help all of our auxiliary organizations (YRs, CRs, TARs, Black Republican Council, and of course the MFRW) and would like to see even greater coordination between these groups and the State Party to grow all of our groups and help us all to be even more successful in our combined efforts.
I believe it is important to allow others to serve as well. New ideas and new approaches can bring about great results. I served two terms as Chairman and then stepped aside to allow another to take over leading our Party. If elected our NCW, I will not run for re-election more than once. Regardless of the outcome of this election, I believe we should have a two-term limit for our National Committee positions.
I humbly ask for your vote for National Committeewoman. I hope you will view my past experience and my desire to serve our Party as an asset and elect me to be your next National Committeewoman.
Let’s work together – focus on the positive!
Waterman’s bio is at the bottom of the pice.
Of note, Waterman supports the bylaw amendment proposed by Red Maryland to limit the terms of State Party officers to eight years. Ambrose has served eight years and is running for a third term.
Nicolee Ambrose of course is no stranger to Maryland Republicans, having been the centerpiece of a scandal involving access to the White House during the 2017 race for Young Republican National Chairman. Ambrose recently announced that she was running for re-election with Trump insider David Bossie as her campaign chairman, and off choice given the fact that Nicolee Ambrose was a ringleader of a Dump Trump movement at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The election will be held at the Maryland Republican Party Convention, a convention scheduled for May 16th though that date and format is uncertain.
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Diana Waterman Biography
President, Maryland Federation of Republican Women (MFRW) Jan 2018 – Current
Member, QA County Republican Central Committee Apr 2019 – Current
Member, Chesapeake Republican Women Nov 2005 – Current
(held positions of President – twice, and Secretary)
Chairman, Maryland Republican Party (MDGOP) April 2013 – Jan 2017
RNC Delegate for the Presidential Nominating Convention Aug 2016
(Delivered Maryland Delegate Count for Trump during Roll Call)
Interim Chairman, Maryland Republican Party Feb 2013 – April 2013
1st Vice Chairman, Maryland Republican Party Dec 2010 – Feb 2013
1st Vice President, Maryland Federation of Republican Women Jan 2010 – Dec 2011
Chairman, QA County Republican Central Committee Nov 2010 – Nov 2012
Member, QA County Republican Central Committee Nov 2006 – Apr 2013
(Held positions of secretary, treasurer, and vice chair)
Eastern Shore Regional Chair, MFRW Jan 2008 – Dec 2009
At-Large Delegate for the Presidential Nominating Convention Aug 2012
Chair, MDGOP Voting Method Committee 2009
Member, MDGOP Convention Committees Various times
During her tenure as Chairman, she led the Party through two very successful election cycles, helping to elect President Trump in 2016, and in 2014, helping to elect Governor Larry Hogan, increase GOP numbers in both the State House and Senate, and dramatically enlarge the number of locally elected Republicans. She is currently serving her second term as president of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women.
Current Non-Political Positions:
Member, Board of Directors for Chesapeake Charities (a community foundation)
Member, Board of Directors for Faithful Advocates for Catholic Education
Member, Board of Directors for the Yumi C.A.R.E.S. Foundation
Co-Chair, The Yumi C.A.R.E.S. Foundation Gala
Past Non-Political Positions:
Co-Chair, Bosom Buddies Ball (Jan 2020)
Member, Board of Directors for the United Way of Queen Anne’s County
President, Parent’s Association of Saints Peter and Paul School (3 times)
Girl Scout Leader
Cub Scout Den Mother
Diana Waterman was born in Providence, Rhode Island, but raised in Va. Beach, Va. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Physics from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1983. She has been married to her husband Barry for 35 years, residing in Queen Anne’s County. She has two wonderful grown children – a daughter Caty, a son Kevin, and two adorable grandchildren, Liam and Eva. She currently works as the Chief Financial Officer and IT Specialist for her family-owned and operated Real Estate business, Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty.