What an honor it would be to represent the historic district of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. I hold dear that faith that was central to their achievements. It is fundamental to my campaign for State Senate.
And how in need of replacement is my opponent Addie Eckardt. Her earnestness perfectly suits the ceremonial role she plays that one forgets she is a State Senator, not just capable of feeling your pain but doing a tremendous amount about it, which she does not. She voted against raising the minimum wage from $7.25, opposed paid sick leave, controlling the cost of prescription drugs, and Medicaid expansion which now provides health insurance coverage for over 13,000 residents of District 37 counties. And she has a record that would make anyone interested in caring for the environment, sensible gun safety and voting rights cringe.
Of concern are the 35% of the District’s white working families who cannot put food on the table and pay for car repairs and over 50% among African American and Hispanic working families. I will work for an increase in the minimum wage and universal Pre-K for four year-olds. I will work to protect retiree benefits and the forests which give the Shore its beauty and help keep air and water clean and to use public funds for public schools.
Raised in a military family, it would be a great honor to fight for District 37.