Sen­a­tor Van Hollen opens East­ern Shore of­fice

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CAM­BRIDGE — U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., opened his East­ern Shore of­fice in Cam­bridge on Tues­day, Oct. 10.

The of­fice is lo­cated at 204 Cedar Street, Suite 200C. Melissa Kelly, East­ern Shore Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Van Hollen, will be run­ning the of­fice, which is re­spon­si­ble for com­mu­nity out­reach and con­stituent ser­vices.

Along with com­mu­nity mem­bers, many state and lo­cal dig­ni­taries at­tended the grand open­ing event in­clud­ing, Mary­land Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Joe Barten­felder, Bunky Luff­man from Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan’s of­fice, Kim Kra­tovil from U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s of­fice, for­mer Mary­land leg­is­la­tor Richard Col­burn, Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs Of­fi­cer Car­los Lazo from the Army Corps of Engi­neers, Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Court Scott MacGlashan, Cam­bridge City Com­mis­sioner Steve Ride­out, Cecil County Ex­ec­u­tive Alan McCarthy, Dave Wooten from Comptroller Peter Fran­chot’s of­fice, CEO and Pres­i­dent of Shore Re­gional Health Ken Kozel, Uin­ver­sity of Mary­land East­ern Shore Pres­i­dent Juliet Bell, Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce Di­rec­tor Bill Christo­pher, Denise Love­lady of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Andy Har­ris’ Of­fice, and Caro­line County Com­mis­sioner Wil­bur Le­ven­good.

Mayor of Cam­bridge Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley in­tro­duced Van Hollen. She de­scribed him as a man of in­tegrity and tal­ent, and a very nice per­son who cares about his com­mu­nity.

Jack­son-Stan­ley also brought along the chil­dren of her Mayor’s Youth Lead­er­ship Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil. She said it was im­por­tant for them to see real lead­er­ship up close.

“They had a chance to shake hands with their United States Sen­a­tor in their own home­town, so I thought that was an awe­some thing,” Jack­son-Stan­ley said.

Van Hollen is serv­ing his first term in the United States Se­nate af­ter years of pub­lic ser­vice in the Mary­land state leg­is­la­ture and the United States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“Our job here is to serve all of you, re­gard­less of party,” he said. “We don’t care what party you come from when it comes to do­ing our job here on the East­ern Shore.”

The East­ern Shore of­fice is meant to be a place where res­i­dents can seek the help of Van Hollen and his staff with any con­cern, from So­cial Se­cu­rity to health care is­sues and be­yond.

“This is our home on the East­ern Shore, though that doesn’t mean we won’t be trav­el­ing to ever y other part of the Shore,” Van Hollen said. “It’s great to look around and see so many peo­ple I’ve had the chance to work with over the years, and many new faces.”

Van Hollen fo­cused his speech on eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters con­cern­ing the East­ern Shore of Mar yland, and specif­i­cally how those two sec­tors go hand-in-hand. He is the first Mar yland sen­a­tor in al­most 100 years to serve on the Se­nate Agri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee. He also serves on the Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee.

“There’s a lot hap­pen­ing on the East­ern Shore, and I thank all of you for be­ing part of what makes the Shore work, makes it tick, and what will help move it into the fu­ture,” Van Hollen said. “We want to be part of that ef­fort. We’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing with each and ev­ery one of you.”

To con­tact the East­ern Shore of­fice or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.van­hollen.se­nate.gov.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen speaks to for­mer Mary­land leg­is­la­tor Richard Col­burn and a con­stituent.

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