Jesse Colvin stops in Dorch­ester County for day nine of bus tour

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

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.

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