Dear Friends and Neighbors:
It may seem hard to believe but summer is already nearing its end. In preparation for the school year, I was proud to give out over 200 backpacks across the 45thDistrict to young people in need of school supplies. We still have a few more left, so please feel free to reach out by replying to this e-mail if you would like one.
On a personal note, the end of summer has been an exciting time for our family. Over the summer, CJ and Bryson had fun working with Coach Kat and Lacrosse at Coppermine on Falls Road, Reagan enjoyed working on her basketball game at the Y, and all four of the kids enjoyed swimming at the Y. Kennedy is excited to begin her 7thgrade journey, as is Reagan for 5thgrade, CJ for kindergarten, and Bryson for preschool.
Making Strides for the 45th
I was concerned when I learned that Governor Hogan was refusing to release $765,000 in funding for neighborhood parks in the 45thDistrict. In addition to penning an op-ed for The AFRO, I reached out directly to the Department of Natural Resources to see what could be done about securing the funds the state legislature intended for our District to receive. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the funds were improperly withheld, which means the parks will get their funding after all. I am thankful for all of the passionate community leaders who spoke out about the immediate impact these funds will have on our neighborhoods.
In last month’s McCray Messenger, I told you about the quarterly principal’s meeting where we focused on ensuring that students have access to the rich cultural arts institutions in the Baltimore region. You can watch a short videoabout that meeting here.
#TeamMcCray on the Road
In addition to my work here at home, I was also able to travel during the month of August. I spent some time in Minneapolis, where I had the opportunity to speak about political engagement at the A. Phillip Randolph Conference.
In Nashville, I joined the Millennial Action Project—a bipartisan group of legislators—to discuss solutions that each of us can bring back to our respective states.
I also joined a group called RePOWER, which has asked me to help train newly-elected state and local officials on agenda-setting, managing a governmental office, and providing responsive constituent services. I am proud to join my friend Councilman Kris Burnett as one of the 16 legislators asked to serve in this capacity.
Finally, I attended the Council of State Governments Conference in Pittsburgh, where I gained a better understanding of emerging policy matters that are occurring throughout the country. Learning experiences like each of these not only serve as a great opportunity to engage and network with other state legislators from across the country, they help me get a sense of what ideas should be brought back to Maryland—and what policy solutions haven’t worked out as expected in other states.
One Last Thing…
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Listening. Learning. Leading.
Senator, 45th Legislative District