We need to invest in our future by offering excellent education, livable wages, and smart growth for the citizens of Maryland.
I started teaching in the basement of our house when I was about nine years old. From teaching my siblings, to teaching my children, to my seventeen-year career as a public-school educator, education has been my passion. I am a life-long learner, earning my master’s degree at the age of 45 and my doctorate at 51. I firmly believe that a well-educated society is a good society.
I have lived in the state of Maryland fifty-one of my fifty-seven years. I love my home state, but it is one of the most expensive states in the union. The United Way’s A.L.I.C.E (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) report provides evidence that many in our county who are working hard to provide for their families are barely surviving. We need to work to provide jobs with livable wages and offer housing that is affordable.
Growth is good for our economy and good for the community, but we need to make sure that as we grow, we must provide for roads that keep traffic flowing smoothly, schools with room to educate our children, and open spaces for recreation to ensure a good quality of life for our residents.