Ben Jeal­ous to visit Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — Gu­ber­na­to­rial Demo­cratic can­di­date Ben Jeal­ous will visit Cam­bridge

for a ‘Mov­ing the Shore For­ward’ rally, at The Gra­cie Build­ing at 403 Academy St., Sun­day, Oct. 14.

Jeal­ous, who vis­ited Eas­ton in late Septem­ber, is ex­pected to bring other speak­ers dur­ing the rally, which will take place from 7-9 p.m. The list of ad­di­tional can­di­dates has yet to be re­leased by the Dorch­ester County Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Ear­lier in Oc­to­ber, Jeal­ous ral­lied around co­me­dian Dave Chapelle at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity, along with Bal­ti­more Mayor Cathrine Pugh. The group em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of fund­ing Mary­land’s his­tor­i­cal black col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties dur­ing Mor­gan State’s home­com­ing week­end.

Dur­ing his Sept. 29th visit, Jeal­ous dis­cussed the need for added school safety, in­clud­ing school re­sources of­fi­cers and se­cure build­ings. Jeal­ous also said that the idea of arm­ing teach­ers with guns was “the most in­sane propo­si­tion I’ve ever heard in Amer­i­can Pol­i­tics.”

Jeal­ous said he was a pro­po­nent for recre­ational mar­i­juana, and said he did not orig­i­nally plan on run­ning on a plat­form for the sub­stance, but spoke to its ben­e­fits.

“We would be able to gen­er­ate so much new rev­enue that it would pay for uni­ver­sal full day pre-k across the state,” Jeal­ous said “And that to me is a win-win­win. We get safer, busi­nesses get rich and our kids are bet­ter ed­u­cated.”

Jeal­ous also dis­cussed the bur­den of the cost of med­i­cal ex­penses to se­niors, say­ing the is­sue is one he would be tack­ling, if elected. Jeal­ous said pass­ing laws at the state level to al­low phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies to im­port from Canada is one way to drive down the cost of pre­scrip­tions.

“The chair­man of my cam­paign is 80 years old. He’s a grad­u­ate of the Whar­ton School of Busi­ness, se­rial en­tre­pre­neur, went bank­rupt be­fore the re­ces­sion and lost ever ything,” Jeal­ous said Sept. 29. “Back in the work­force, why? Be­cause he can’t af­ford his wife’s phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal bill.”

The event is spon­sored by the Lower Shore Pro­gres­sive Cau­cus, an or­ga­ni­za­tion who’s mis­sion is to iden­tify, re­cruit and elect pro­gres­sive can­di­dates and to pro­mote la­bor and pro­gres­sive is­sues.


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