Can­di­dates speak at Caro­line Demo­cratic Club re­cep­tion

Times-Record - - NEWS - By NATE NKUMBU nnkumbu@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — The Demo­cratic Club of Caro­line County hosted an event at the Ch­e­sa­peake Culi­nary Arts School in Den­ton Thurs­day, Sep. 6, for lo­cal, state and fed­eral Demo­cratic can­di­dates to meet and speak to the pub­lic about their plat­forms.

U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dis­trict 1 can­di­date Jesse Colvin, state Se­nate Dis­trict 37 can­di­date Holly Wright, state House of Del­e­gates Dis­trict 36 can­di­date Crys­tal Wood­ward, Caro­line County Com­mis­sion can­di­date Nevin Crouse and Caro­line County Sher­iff can­di­date Steve Bid­dle all at­tended the event.

Colvin was the key­note speaker. He said there is a ca­reer politi­cian prob­lem in the fed­eral level and there needs to be change.

“We need a new gen­er­a­tion of lead­er­ship who is go­ing to step up and put coun­try over party, and if you re­mem­ber one thing that I say, please re­mem­ber this, it is not enough be against some­thing,” he said.

Colvin then talked about how in­cum­bent, U.S. Rep. Andy Har­ris, has failed the peo­ple that he was elected to rep­re­sent. He high­lighted how Har­ris had voted 70 times to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act with zero so­lu­tion or al­ter­na­tive.

“Whether you love it or hate it, I’m run­ning against an in­cum­bent that has voted to re­peal it 70 times with zero re­place­ment,” he said.

Colvin also talked about how the county and re­gion is fac­ing other prob­lems that af­fect daily life like a broad­band, the opi­oid epi­demic and se­niors who may be cut from Medi­care, Med­i­caid and so­cial se­cu­rity.

“It’s an ed­u­ca­tion is­sue, it’s an ac­cess is­sues, it’s an in­equal­ity is­sue and it’s an en­trepreneur­ship is­sue,” he said. “Our se­niors are won­der­ing what’s go­ing to hap­pen with medi­care, med­i­caid and so­cial se­cu­rity. I’m proud to an­nounce that I haven’t took any cor­po­rate PAC money, es­pe­cially from the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany be­cause I want to stand up with in­tegrity.”

The for­mer U.S. Army Ranger said he plans to de­fend the way of life that ex­ist on the Eastern Shore and to be present around the ar­eas that he cur­rently is cam­paign­ing to rep­re­sent.

“We are ev­ery­where,” he said. “This is our sev­enth visit to Caro­line County, and this week­end we did our 36th trip to the Lower Shore. I think show­ing up counts. I’d like to think that we are the hard­est work­ing cam­paign”

Wright also took the podium and spoke about her rea­son for run­ning for the state Se­nate Dis­trict 37 seat, cur­rently in the hand of her op­po­nent Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore.

“There are about 35 per­cent of white-work­ing fam­i­lies that can­not put food on the ta­ble or re­pair their cars, and that sta­tis­tics is over 50 per­cent within the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity,” she said. “I want to ad­dress this by rais­ing the min­i­mum wage be­cause I think it will help work­ing fam­i­lies.

“We hear about how great the econ­omy is do­ing, how great un­em­ploy­ment is but wages are barely go­ing up,” she said. “It’s wage stag­na­tion.”

Wright is cam­paign­ing on a plat­form that in­cludes free pre-K ed­u­ca­tion as part of the school sys­tem and a re­vamp of the pre­scrip­tion drug mar­ket to al­low peo­ple get their med­i­ca­tion.

“We know how im­por­tant it is that pre-K is,” she said. “If you don’t get a good start, the prob­lem gets com­pounded and com­pounded. In the end, the tax­pay­ers pay for the con­se­quences.

“Pre­scrip­tion drugs take big chunks out of our tax pay­ing dol­lars in this county,” she said. “It’s 20 per­cent of our health care pre­mi­ums, and there’s a pro­posal sent up to Mary­land to set up a drug cost com­mis­sion that would re­view the price of new drugs be­fore they are in­tro­duced or in­creas­ing the cost. I think that it will be ben­e­fi­cial.”

The gen­eral election will be Tues­day, Nov. 6.

JESSE COLVIN

HOLLY WRIGHT

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