As we say goodbye to the heat and welcome the cool air and vibrant autumn colors, I’m very excited for what we have in store for the fall. With each new canvass, rally or fundraiser we hold, we expand the reach our people-powered movement to elect Democrats and move closer to a fair and prosperous future for all Marylanders.
My only regret at this stage is that we don’t have an ally in the Governor’s mansion to help with our efforts.
Back in July, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he would not spend the $245 million that Democrats set aside for vital programs. This funding would have gone towards Maryland’s public schools, the Drug Affordability Board, the Baltimore Crime Fighters, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and other worthwhile priorities. Without these funds, many of our communities have been denied the resources they need, and progress towards addressing these pressing issues remains stalled.
While Democrats try to fund Maryland public schools to improve education outcomes for our children, Hogan recently referred to the Kirwan Commission’s efforts as “half-baked” – an insult to the countless teachers and policy makers who have been working in good faith for years to research, conceive and advance the Commission’s recommendations.
Hogan’s failure of leadership must be fought with a concerted grassroots effort to organize, mobilize, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in every corner of Maryland. And I’m happy to say that the Maryland Democratic Party is making tremendous progress towards that goal.
In addition to ramping up our canvassing efforts in Mountain Maryland and the Eastern Shore, we recently hired a new full-time organizer for the Baltimore Region, and are planning to build out our field operation in other areas of the state in the coming weeks.
Though we are about ten months out from the Democratic National Convention, and with it our Democratic nominee for President, our team is firing on all cylinders to build the people-powered movement that will propel Democrats to victory in 2020 and beyond.
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Chair, Maryland Democratic Party
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Maryland Democratic Party.