As the June primary draws near, you have some tough choices to make. With a field of six Democratic candidates for Delegate in District 21, you must narrow your choices down to the three candidates who will put your needs first when legislating in Annapolis. I am asking for one of your three votes on June 26th. I think you should know a bit about my background before heading to the polls.
I have lived in this area of Maryland my entire life, growing up in Greenbelt, graduating from the University of Maryland College Park, and moving to Laurel in 1989 after getting married. Before entering public service, first as an education liaison in Upper Marlboro then as a legislative aide in Annapolis, I was a journalist reporting on environmental issues. My four children have all attended Prince George’s County public schools, with my youngest daughter starting high school next fall. My 85-year-old mother, who during my childhood was a community activist and vocal champion of racial and economic justice, still resides close by, and my four sisters and their families live in the area as well. In other words, my ties to the community are strong, and I will strive on behalf of all District 21 residents for the best schools, safest neighborhoods, more transit options and expanded job opportunities.
Public service is my passion. As a Prince George’s County Councilwoman in District 1, I have accomplished much on behalf of the communities I serve:
- Creating the strongest environmental policies in the state including a county ban on fracking, a Styrofoam ban, renewable energy standards for county buildings and green procurement rules for purchasing county vehicles and other goods;
- Advancing affordable housing policies so residents who earn less can rent or buy decent homes close to employment;
- Designing public health initiatives that promote better nutrition, expand access to Farmer’s Markets and reduce food deserts by allowing urban farming in residential areas; and
- Advocating for paid sick leave and enacting the highest minimum wage in Maryland at $11.50/hr.; and
- Funding robust college assistance, after-school and senior programming, including expanded senior activities in College Park occuring in FY 2018-2019; and
- Exercising diligent oversight of county agencies and insisting on transparent reporting and public notice requirements.
As your state delegate, I will continue my commitment to transparency in government as I’ve demonstrated for nearly eight years. I will provide excellent constituent service to District 21 residents in partnership with local officials in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.
As your delegate, your fights will be my fights. I hope you will make your voice heard in the upcoming primary election on June 26th.
You can head to the polls early, beginning June 14th, or obtain an absentee ballot online by visiting https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/965/Absentee-Ballots.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Mary A. Lehman