Jesse Colvin stops in Dorchester County for day nine of bus tour
CAMBRIDGE — Tuesday, Oct. 9, Democratic candidate for congress for Maryland’s 1st district, Jesse Colvin hosted a town hall meeting at 447 Race St., where Dorchester County residents asked questions about his campaign platforms and more.
Colvin is on a 12-day, 12-county tour of the district, stopping at Queen Anne’s County on Oct. 8, and Caroline County on Oct. 7. Colvin is expected to finish out his tour in Worcester County on Oct. 12.
Colvin was asked his opinion on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday, Oct. 9 and whether or not he would back impeachment proceedings for the newly confirmed justice. Colvin said he had experienced dealing with sexual assault one other time, when a member of his unit in the Army Rangers came to him about an assault.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Colvin said. “We realized in the moment the Army had
invested millions of dollars in training, we were Rangers, no foe too tough, no mountain too tall, yet there were no instructions for this . ... I was referred to lead the investigation, which I did, the facts of the case were stark, we got the perpetrator fired, end of story.”
Colvin said one of the reasons his campaign has decided to tour the district in 12 days was to be aware of the pulse of all the communities in the district. Colvin said he felt it was important to show up, and listen, especially when running a congressional campaign.
Colvin said he sees optimism for the success of his campaign by being in communities every day.
“When congressman Gilchrest came out and supported us and talked about, in his endorsement speech, service and integrity, that was a big deal,” Colvin said. “If you actually go out in the 30,000 miles, its a lot of handshakes, a lot of looking people in the eye and understanding their stories and their struggles and their challenges, what I’ve discovered is people just want their government to work.”
Colvin discussed health care, saying 54,000 people in Mar yland’s 1st district depended on medicare for prescriptions and other health needs. Congressman Andy Harris has tried to repeal those protections over 70 times, he said.
“If you hear a politician in 2018 from any side of the isle talk about health care, you always hear the word quality, you always hear the word affordability and in rural America, which is us, the third word needs to be about accessibility and transportation,” Colvin said.
Colvin said one of the biggest issues facing seniors’ access to medical treatment is transportation. Colvin said whichever group of people are elected to congress will work diligently to provide a better service.
Colvin discussed the preser vation of social security, saying he believed every American should have eventual access to what they’ve paid into.
Colvin talked about preserving the environment, saying the country needs complete oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency to begin working towards a greener Maryland. Colvin said if elected, he would be a strong proponent for protecting the Chesapeake Bay and adding 10 billion oysters to the environment by 2025.
Colvin said addressing the opioid epidemic throughout the state would be one of his main concerns if elected. Colvin said initiatives like ‘Go Purple’ throughout the mid-shore have helped raise awareness about the issue.
Colvin said with 28 days left until the election, he needed help from his supporters to spread the word about his campaign.
“I need you to go out and knock doors, I need you to recruit people at the grocery store, at the carpool line, getting coffee, I just need you to go out and talk to someone,” Colvin said. “Showing up counts, listening well counts even more and you guys can continue to do that, we will win this thing.”
Democratic congressional candidate for Maryland’s 1st district, Jesse Colvin receives a round of applause from audience members during a town hall meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 447 Race St., in Cambridge.