Maryland's District 9 is richly diverse: we are Republican, Democrat, and Independent; we are Christian, Muslim, and Jewish; we come from different cultures and we span the economic spectrum. AND we are more alike than we are different. We want to feel safe and secure in our homes and neighborhoods. We want access to the best education, healthcare, and jobs in our fields. We seek a satisfying and sustaining quality of life for ourselves and our loved ones. I am convinced that together we can create solutions that leave no one out. I have spent my professional life helping people to partner together and solve problems. This is why I am running for Senate in District 9!
I’ve been a resident of Howard County for 15 years. I live in Ellicott City with my husband Bill and two daughters. I am active in many local community groups including Mobilize HoCo Schools, Indivisible Howard County MD, Together we Will, Do the Most Good and the Ellicott City and Western Howard County Democratic Club. Bill and I are Maryland First Responders, and volunteer for Wisp Ski Patrol. We are members of Glenmar Church and St. Louis School.
I have always been a mediator and problem solver. I grew up in Ithaca, NY where I attended Ithaca High School and then Cornell University. At Cornell University I majored in Agricultural and Biological Engineering because I wanted to learn the practical skills needed to solve real problems. During my professional career I have worked for SustainAbility, a consultancy focused on corporate responsibility, and I am currently the Americas Director of The Partnering Initiative.
I am running as a centrist & citizen legislator. I have worked with civil society organizations, governments, companies, and international agencies around the world to implement strategies that are good for business, good for the environment, and good for communities. I know that differences of opinion can get in the way of collaboration - yet underneath these differences are shared common values. When we connect with each other on these common values incredible things can happen. Collaboration drives innovative problem solving and brings more broadly accepted progress.
These are some of the shared values I will fight for:
- Making quality health care available to all who need it, especially in a circumstance where there are gaps in federal assistance.
- Keeping kids first by bringing funding into our district for education of all our children and ensuring colleges and universities are affordable.
- Creating incentives and opportunities to attract new business and create jobs in our communities.
- Pursuing development in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
- Designing solutions to eliminate the drawing of district lines that result in an unfair advantage for any political party.