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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 Mary­land’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 ever y Amer­i­can should have even­tual ac­cess to what they’ve paid into.

Colvin talked about pre­serv­ing the environment, say­ing the countr y 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 mid­shore 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.”

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