Let Your Voice Be Heard: Vote!
It’s November and it is an election year, which means the time is now to exercise your right to make your voice heard. Regardless of how you choose to do it, whether it be by absentee ballot, early in-person voting, or election day in-person voting, I highly encourage you to take the time to vote. It’s important. But so too is the work being done in the 45th district. This blog will provide some important information about voting and some updates from around the district.
Get Out and Vote
As mentioned above, it is voting season and it is your chance to have your voice be heard. Although election day is November 8, early voting has begun and can be a more convenient option for you.
There are six (6) early voting locations around the City of Baltimore, but the two (2) closest to the 45th legislative district. They are:
The League for People with Disabilities
1111 E. Coldspring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21239
The Maritime Industries Academy School # 431
5001 Sinclair Lane (Rear Entrance) (Enter on Truesdale Ave)
Baltimore, MD 21206
Early voting commenced on Thursday October 27, and will end on Thursday November 3. You may vote at an early voting center between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.
Providing Opportunities for Local Students
Post-secondary education is becoming more and more important in our post-modern economy. However, the rising costs of college can be a barrier to some who aspire to further their education. That is why the “Hometown Heroes Scholarship Fund,” a non-profit organization, was created—to help expand access to an affordable education for students who want to obtain a college degree. At the same time, the scholarship fund aims to remember the “hometown heroes,” in whose trail we now march.
Although the Hometown Heroes Scholarship Fund is relatively new, they have met with success. At a recent fundraising event, the fund was able to raise over $16,000 to be used to help local students to offset their college costs. This is a big win for the students in the 45th district and it could not have happened without the collective effort of community leaders from around the 45th district and Baltimore City. Those leaders include:
• Terrell Boston – Mount Vernon
• Caron Brace – New Broadway East
• Travis Bullock – Pigtown
• Rita Church – Belair Edison
• Rita Crews – Belair Edison
• Councilman Elect Ryan Dorsey – Mayfield
• Winette Downer – Cedonia
• Antonio Glover – C.A.R.E.
• Patrick Gutirrez – Taylor Heights
• Barbara Jackson – Frankford
• Michael King – Cedmont
• Naon Locust – Berea
• Stephanie Maddin Smith – Waltherson
• Danielle McCray – Waltherson
• Ronisha Moore – Waltherson
• Councilman Brandon Scott – Hamilton
• Tamika Winkler
• Calvin Young – Hamilton Hills
I, on behalf of the 45th district, extend a sincere thank you to the leaders who have worked so hard and the donors who graciously gave to support the students of the 45th district. I look forward to seeing the scholarship funds being used to help our neighbors and friends afford higher education.
Voting on the Charter Amendments
Although you may have decided who will receive your vote for President, Senate, and Mayor, you may not have thought about the important Charter Amendments that will also appear on your ballot. I hope that you will join me in supporting Charter Amendment J, which will create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund for Baltimore.
Housing Trust Funds help meet an important need: They receive ongoing funding to support the preservation and production of affordable housing and increase opportunities for people to access decent, affordable homes. More than 750 cities, counties, and states already have one. You can learn more about Question J here.
Remember Early Voting is open from October 27th through November 3rd and Election Day is November 8th. I hope I can count on you to join me in supporting Question J!
Back in the District
I was recently given the honor of addressing the Student Government Association at Morgan State University. While there, I spoke about the importance of the upcoming election.
I also spoke at the Bedtime in a Box launch fundraiser about the importance of recreation, education, and reading at a young age. Engaging our youth in those ways helps to develop their character, confidence, and their ability to work as a team.
Finally, I was able to attend a radio show where I commented on the third and final debate.
Investing in Our Future
I think of each donation you make to my campaign as an investment, and work 7 days a week to make sure you see a return on that investment. Be it economic opportunity, better education, improved transportation, or grassroots community building, you deserve to see the outcomes that matter to you. Each dollar you donate helps us stay in the game so that we can show you those outcomes. Please consider contributing to my campaign, be it $1, $5, or $10. Every bit helps us help the community.
Delegate 45th District