Our Revolution Forum and Endorsement!

 

Last night, Our Revolution Western Maryland held the first forum for the candidates for Senate District 3.  I am proud to announce that today Our Revolution Western Maryland endorsed my candidacy for the State Senate. The forum was an opportunity for the residents of Frederick to hear from each candidate about where we stand on the issues facing our community.

For me, it was a chance to share my vision for a 21st century Frederick. As a scientist, I work every day to leave this world a better place than I found it. Science is forward thinking, and our politics should be as well. When candidates ask for your vote, are they telling you their vision for the future, or rehashing the past?

As a working mom with two young kids, I understand the struggles that people go through every day in Frederick. How do you get started on your American dream when you’re drowning in student loan debt? When you bring your new child home, how do you survive financially when you have no paid family leave? When wages don’t even cover the cost of living, how do you break even, let alone get ahead?

As your senator, I will work to enact paid family leave, that can be used by all workers, whether they need it to take care of an aging parent, tend to their own illness, or bring home a new family member. I will work every day to develop a comprehensive, forward thinking transportation plan for Frederick, and beyond. We all agree that we need to fix transit in Maryland, and yet, year after year goes by with no improvements. We need a leader who can work collaboratively, find creative solutions, and dig in until we make modern transit and transportation a reality. Our economy, environment and quality of life demand it.

In 2018 we have the opportunity to define the future of Frederick. Now is the time for new voices, with diverse experiences and fresh perspectives.  Now is the time for those left out or left behind to demand a seat at the table.  Now is the time to come together and build a 21st century Frederick where everyone can thrive!

 

A vision for a 21st century Frederick.

Thanks to all who came out for our first fundraiser on March 19th at Area 31. It was a successful night, and I enjoyed the chance to share my vision of a vibrant 21st century Frederick, and hear your vision for the future. 

My vision of a 21st century Frederick is one where new parents have time to recover, and bond with their new child, without worrying about losing their job or their home. Where young people facing an illness, or grown children taking care of aging parents can take leave and focus on their health and family.

My vision of a 21st century Frederick is one where every kid can go to the school in their neighborhood, and it’s the best school in the state. Because no matter where you live, or how much money your parents have, whether you own or rent, the school you go to should be the best we have to offer.

My vision of a 21st century Frederick is as a science and technology hub. Where we build on the great science already being done here, and make Frederick an epicenter for biotechnology, IT and cybersecurity. For those who will still need to commute, let’s make their lives easier with modern, bus rapid transit, and let’s invest in expanded rail, not just to DC, but to Baltimore.

My vision of a 21st century Frederick is on where we use evidence based medicine to address the opioid epidemic. We cannot allow our discomfort with drug use to drive our policies. Comprehensive user engagement sites can combine safe injection sites with medication based treatment, as well as other treatment options. This is literally an issue of life and death. But it is one where we can make a difference. We can save lives, but we must be bold.

My vision for a 21st century Frederick is one that is part of a state that uses 100% renewable energy. As a scientist, and a mom, I am passionate about making sure our children inherit a livable planet.

My vision of a 21st century Frederick is one where we support our burgeoning craft breweries, and bring jobs, and tourist dollars, here to Frederick, instead of sending them to neighboring states. It’s also a Frederick where workers make a living wage – nobody working 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty.

My vision of a 21st century Frederick is bold, and forward thinking. It’s one where everyone’s voice is heard. Where everyone has a seat at the table. But that’s more than my version of Frederick. That’s our version of Frederick. A welcoming place to live and work, where we care about each other, and our environment, where we work together to solve problems, because we have more in common than we disagree on.

There is work to be done to make that vision a reality.  Will you help me? Help me get the word out: ask your friends to like and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve signed up to volunteer, stay tuned for opportunities coming soon. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

Campaign Begins 2018

At some level, every scientist harbors a secret desire to save the world.  I dreamed of putting on a weird blue space suit and trying to unlock the secrets of the world’s deadliest viruses.  For the past nine years, I’ve lived that dream, from Frederick to Uganda.  Now I’m ready to step away from the bench and stand up for everyday Marylanders trying to live their dreams.

The needs of 21st century families require new solutions.  Over 60% of families have two parents working, but childcare in Maryland costs more than college.  Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 are working, but America is one of a handful of countries with no guaranteed paid family leave.  Where the federal government is failing, Maryland can lead.

Being a scientist requires passion, persistence, and perseverance.  We must think critically, make informed decisions, and check our egos at the door.  We work collaboratively to solve problems.  We do it because we care; because we love it; because it allows us to give back.  Let’s demand the same from our political leaders!

Join me in bringing truth and reason back to our politics.  Send a scientist to the statehouse!