Se­nate can­di­date Chris Van Hollen vis­its Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Chris Van Hollen vis­ited with Dorch­ester County res­i­dents and of­fi­cials Thurs­day, Aug. 18, at the Dorch­ester Elks Lodge 223 in Cam­bridge.

Van Hollen, a Demo­crat who cur­rently rep­re­sents Mary­land’s 8th Con­gres­sional District, cov­er­ing Car­roll, Fred­er­ick and parts of Mont­gomery coun­ties, is run­ning for elec­tion to suc­ceed U.S. Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski, D-Md., when she re­tires in 2016.

He said his plat­forms in­cludes bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren, mak­ing sure se­niors have the se­cure re­tire­ment that they have earned and mak­ing sure vet­er­ans re­ceive the ser­vices they need and earned for their ser­vice to the coun­try.

Cam­bridge Mayor Victoria Jack­son-Stan­ley in­tro­duced Van Hollen and said she was very im­pressed with him when they first met at Har­riet on the Hill sev­eral years ago.

“We were pre­par­ing for Har­riet on the Hill, and I met the con­gress­man who was en­thu­si­as­tic and sup­port­ing of Har­riet Tub­man and the mis­sion I had for the fu­ture for Dorch­ester County,” she said. “We had that same kind of passion.”

Jack­son-Stan­ley said Van Hollen met with her per­son­ally about the Har­riet Tub­man when U.S. Rep. Andy Har­ris, R-Md.-1, would not meet per­son­ally.

“(Van Hollen) ac­tu­ally sat with us per­son­ally and talked about how he was sup­port­ive of the process of get­ting Har­riet to be this na­tional phe­nom­e­non that we all know and love. I was just so im­pressed. He rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of Har­riet and it was some­thing I won’t for­get.

“Yes, I sup­port Chris Van Hollen,” she said. “He is a man who has a passion that I have for not just one per­son but for our com­mu­nity. I’m hope­fully he will take your trust, and put

your trust in him on elec­tion day.”

Van Hollen said he shares the view of the mayor, the com­mis­sion­ers and the com­mu­nity that at the end of the day the lo­cal gov­ern­ments, state gov­ern­ment and fed­eral gov­ern­ment all have to work to­gether.

“Too of­ten is the case you don’t have good co­or­di­na­tion and strong work­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween fed­eral, state and lo­cal,” he said. “I know here in Mary­land, we’ve worked hard to make that bet­ter. I can pledge to you that if I’m given the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent you, this great area and our great state in the United States Se­nate, I want to be here and work­ing with you on re­ally im­por­tant is­sues.”

Van Hollen said he is re­ally proud be­ing part of the ef­fort in Congress that passed the leg­is­la­tion to cre­ate the Har­riet Tub­man Un­der­ground Rail­road Na­tional Park, and he was re­ally proud to sup­port Pres­i­dent Barack Obama a few years ear­lier when he de­clared it a na­tional mon­u­ment.

“I also think it is a great op­por­tu­nity for Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County go­ing for­ward in terms of tourism and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment it can bring, es­pe­cially as Har­riet Tub­man gets on the $20 bill, which was an­other great vic­tory,” he said. “That recog­ni­tion will pro­vide even big­gest op­por­tu­ni­ties to bring more peo­ple here to Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County as a des­ti­na­tion point.”

Van Hollen said one of his im­por­tant items is bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth by col­lab­o­rat­ing with ed­u­ca­tion and busi­nesses.

“We have to do a bet­ter job of build­ing pipe­lines be­tween ed­u­ca­tion and jobs,” he said. “Ed­u­ca­tion just doesn’t mean four-year col­lege. It can mean com­mu­nity col­lege. It can mean pro­grams, like you are de­vel­op­ing more up here in Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County, to pro­vide more train­ing and skills build­ing even in high school.

“Then, of course, we’ve got to make sure we part­ner with em­ploy­ers,” he said. “We’ve got to at­tract more em­ploy­ers to this re­gion. We all rec­og­nized we want to bring back more man­u­fac­tur­ing (busi­nesses).”

Van Hollen said he wants to tap the po­ten­tial for the port Cam­bridge cur­rently has along with work­ing with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment through part­ner­ships.

“All of Dorch­ester County is a fed­eral hub zone, mean­ing that busi­nesses here that are do­ing busi­ness with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment get a ben­e­fit,” he said. “We need to bet­ter lever­age that as­pect of Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County.”

With the gen­eral elec­tion less than 80 days away, Van Hollen said the per­son to suc­ceed Mikul­ski needs to be some­one who can hit the ground run­ning.

“I’ve had the chance to work in the state leg­is­la­tor for a num­ber of years,” he said. “I’ve worked with a lot of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Eastern Shore. I think as a mat­ter of pol­i­tics, Democrats have not done enough or paid enough at­ten­tion to the Eastern Shore.

“My view has al­ways been that Democrats should not sim­ply cam­paign or win an of­fice or sim­ply visit those ar­eas that are the ma­jor pop­u­la­tion coun­ties,” he said. “It is re­ally im­por­tant that we are ac­tive and en­gaged on the Eastern Shore and in Western Mary­land.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Chris Van Hollen vis­its with Dorch­ester County res­i­dents dur­ing a visit to Cam­bridge Thurs­day, Aug. 18.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge Mayor Victoria Jack­son-Stan­ley, right, in­tro­duces U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Chris Van Hollen dur­ing his visit to Cam­bridge Thurs­day, Aug. 18.

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