Van Hollen suited to re­place Mikul­ski

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

With all of the crazi­ness of the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, it was a breath of fresh air when Chris Van Hollen (D) re­cently vis­ited Charles County to meet with vot­ers and talk about what’s im­por­tant to Mary­land fam­i­lies. He has a long track record of get­ting re­sults, with a laser fo­cus on boost­ing lo­cal economies, im­prov­ing schools, ex­pand­ing work­force train­ing, and sup­port­ing our vet­er­ans and se­niors.

While he was here, he and Con­gress­man Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) spoke with the Charles County Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Mil­i­tar y Al­liance Coun­cil about the im­por­tance of Naval Sup­port Fa­cil­ity In­dian Head to our lo­cal econ­omy and na­tional se­cu­rity. He also met with lo­cal business and com­mu­nity lead­ers to dis­cuss the im­por­tance of work­ing to­gether on crit­i­cal is­sues to our county.

Van Hollen’s mes­sage was clear: the most im­por­tant job of a U.S. se­na­tor is to make sure the govern­ment works for our fam­i­lies, not special in­ter­ests. I couldn’t agree more. And by mak­ing it a pri­or­ity to visit ever y county and ju­ris­dic­tion in Mar yland, it’s clear that he knows that the suc­cess of our state de­pends on the health of ever y sin­gle area.

It’s easy to be dis­cour­aged in this era of di­vi­sive pol­i­tics and par­ti­san ob­struc­tion. But there is too much at stake in this im­por­tant elec­tion. Dur­ing his years of pub­lic ser vice, Van Hollen has fought for Mar yland fam­i­lies — that’s why Sen. Barbara Mikul­ski (D-Md.) has en­dorsed him to suc­ceed her.

Carmella Davis Watkins, Port To­bacco

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