Senator Van Hollen opens Eastern Shore office
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.
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen speaks to former Maryland legislator Richard Colburn and a constituent.