The kind of pub­lic ser­vant we need now

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Ju­lia Ni­chols is the right can­di­date for South­ern Mary­land.

Ju­lia is a Demo­crat run­ning for Mary­land del­e­gate in Dis­trict 29C. She is an ac­com­plished com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer, wife and mother who has lived in St. Mary’s County for 20 years. She has been ac­tive in the creation and growth of both St. Mary’s County’s pub­lic char­ter school and the South­ern Mary­land Youth Or­ches­tra and Choir. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer, Ju­lia is also a smart and em­pa­thetic per­son, will­ing to bridge the di­vide be­tween dif­fer­ent sides and to lis­ten to the con­cerns of all her con­stituents.

Ju­lia is ready to stand up for the needs of our com­mu­nity, from prop­erly fund­ing our schools and pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate care and re­sources for our veter­ans, to ad­dress­ing the traf­fic prob­lems in South­ern Mary­land, es­pe­cially the heav­ily used Gov. Thomas John­son Bridge. She is also com­mit­ted to seek­ing so­lu­tions to our opi­oid epi­demic and to en­sur­ing that South­ern Mary­land’s con­tin­ued growth is smart, with both af­ford­able hous­ing op­tions and a va­ri­ety of tran­sit op­tions, all while keep­ing a light foot­print on our nat­u­ral re­sources, in­clud­ing our ir­re­place­able Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

Ju­lia has al­ready gar­nered many en­dorse­ments, from the Mary­land State Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion in gen­eral, and the Calvert Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion specif­i­cally, to the Mary­land and D.C. chap­ter of the AFL-CIO, to the Mary­land League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers and the Sierra Club, and nu­mer­ous other en­dorse­ments, in­clud­ing the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Re­peal of Abor­tion Laws and Moms De­mand Ac­tion.

For too long, we in South­ern Mary­land have had rep­re­sen­ta­tives in An­napo­lis who only lis­ten if they agree with us, and are of­ten even rude when they don’t agree with us. Ju­lia knows how to lis­ten, treat­ing oth­ers with em­pa­thy and re­spect, not only to those who agree with her, but also to those who dis­agree. She’s also will­ing to work to­ward so­lu­tions that ev­ery­one can agree on. If you had a chance to at­tend one of her lis­ten­ing events this year, you’ll have seen this in ac­tion. If not, she has an in­for­ma­tive web­site and Face­book page, as well as var­i­ous planned ac­tiv­i­ties lead­ing up to Elec­tion Day on Nov. 6.

I hope ev­ery­one in Dis­trict 29C who doesn’t al­ready know Ju­lia will seek out more in­for­ma­tion, and will cast their votes for her, be­cause Ju­lia Ni­chols is the kind of pub­lic ser­vant South­ern Mary­land needs.

Crys­tal Tracy, Ch­e­sa­peake Beach

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