October was a month that was harder than most, as Maryland Democrats said goodbye to some of our public servants, champions, and most cherished loved ones. On October 17th, 2019, the City of Baltimore, our state, and our nation lost one of our greatest champions. My husband, Congressman Elijah Cummings, worked until his last breath, and fought to defend our democracy until the very end. I loved him deeply, and I will miss him dearly.
In the following days, Baltimore City bid farewell to Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III, who served from 1967 to 1971. His younger sister, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, shared that he “was a leader of dignity, compassion and extraordinary courage, whose presence radiated hope upon our city during times of struggle and conflict.” In Baltimore County, we said goodbye to former County Executive Roger B. Hayden, who served from 1990 to 1994. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. wrote that Hayden was “a dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for public education,” and that “Baltimore County is stronger for his service.”
And finally, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced that he is stepping down as Senate President. As the longest serving Senate President in the history of the United States, his tenure in the Maryland General Assembly has been nothing short of historic. His patience, leadership, and wisdom have been an integral part of our state’s continued success. Senate President Miller’s announcement marks the end of an era, and we wish his successor, Senator Bill Ferguson, success in the next legislative session.
There are moments in our lives when things change. There comes a time when the torch must be passed. There comes a time when we lose our champions, our heroes, our friends and our loved ones—and we are left with a void in our hearts that cannot be filled. Yet, as we mourn, we must remind ourselves that our sense of collective loss is a testament to the impact that these individuals have made in the lives of countless others, and the legacy they leave behind for generations to come. In honor of the memories of those we’ve lost, and those who have passed the torch, the eternal flame of public service must never be extinguished. We must continue their work.
And there is much more work to be done. As we fight to better the lives of all Marylanders, elect more Democrats in all corners of the state, and take back the White House in 2020, I’d like for you to join me. I invite you to listen to our MD Dems Podcast, where we have quality-filled discussions with some of the most influential politicians, activists and thought-leaders in our state. In the month of October, we released four new episodes covering impeachment, the 2020 census, down-ballot fundraising, and the new generation of political leadership.
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And finally, I invite you to help build our progressive movement by signing up to volunteer, and attend events with the Maryland Democratic Party. We’ve been very active all around the state in the month of October, and have much more planned in the months ahead. Here’s just some of what we’ve been up to:
On October 1, we met with the Maryland Democratic Party’s new Youth Committee for their inaugural meeting, and we spoke to our new committee members who are energized to elect more Democrats up and down the ballot.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Maryland Democratic Party.