As you might have noticed, I took some time off from the blog over the past couple of months as my team and I devoted our efforts to finishing up the primary campaign and planning for the future.
In the political world, it’s often said that campaigns are hard not just on the candidate but on their entire family. I know that I’m grateful for the patience of my wife and children as we embarked on a tough nine-month journey. After the success we enjoyed on Election Day, I made a conscious effort to jump right back into my kids’ recreational activities. We’ve been spending our Saturdays at the Y on 33rd, where the girls are occupied with gymnastics and the boys are enrolled in art class. And on Sundays we’re back at the Y so three of them can spend time at the pool.
Summer also brought with it a chance to catch up on a favorite hobby of mine: reading. As much as I enjoy reading whenever I can, the schedule of the campaign left little spare time. I was excited to sit down with a copy of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. “Team of Rivals” recounts the history of President Lincoln’s cabinet and their ability to put aside past differences for the good of the nation. It was fascinating to learn more about how national political figures of the time viewed their role not just as politicians but also as statesmen. I found it to be a fitting lesson for our present moment in history. If you’re looking for an informative, engaging, and timely read, this is it.
Back to School
School is back in session as of today and I was proud to help get some of our students prepared for the upcoming year. For our young people who aren’t as fortunate, the start of school can be a stressful time because of the cost of school supplies. We helped out by purchasing book bags full of back-to-school gear. We still have a few left, so please reach out if you know any young people in need. All you need to do is hit “reply” on this e-mail and include your name and phone number.
Setting the Agenda
I was honored to meet with the newly elected 45th District Central Committee last month. Not only were we able to break bread and get to know each other better, we were also able to formally begin discussing our vision for the 45th District. I’m looking forward to working with each of them as we near closer to session.
In addition to meeting with the Central Committee, I’ve been in constant meetings to become more acclimated with the procedures and operations of the Maryland State Senate. Already I’ve sat down with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. to discuss possible committee assignments. I’ve also met with several of my colleagues, Baltimore City Planning, Kaiser Permanente, the Interim President of Baltimore City Community College, President Jay Perman of the University of Maryland – Baltimore, the Downtown Partnership, Mayor Catherine Pugh, Attorney General Brian Frosh, the Maryland Health Initiative, and AFSCME. I also toured ReLeaf, a medical marijuana dispensary in our district, and met with the owner – and toured one of the growing facilities in Carroll County. I’m planning to keep up a busy schedule of meetings over the next several weeks so that I’m fully prepared for January.
Finally, I’ve enjoyed getting together with the five other incoming Baltimore City senators to discuss potential legislative priorities and the process for implementing the recommendations of the “Kirwan Commission” that has been taking a look at education funding in the State of Maryland. This will be one of the most important issues for legislators to examine when we head back to Annapolis.
Listening. Learning. Leading.
Delegate, 45th Legislative District