Eckardt wins sec­ond term

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Sen. Ad­die Eckardt will re­turn to the state se­nate in Dis­trict 37 for a sec­ond term, earn­ing 60 per­cent of the vote as she de­feated Demo­cratic chal­lenger Holly Wright.

Eckardt re­ceived 28,107 votes in Dis­trict 37; Wright had 18,366.

“I am ab­so­lutely very pleased and de­lighted to serve again, the peo­ple of the 37th leg­isla­tive dis­trict,” Eckardt said. “I’m just so ap­pre­cia­tive of ev­ery­one who’s put their

faith and trust in me.”

Eckardt said she was “back to work” af­ter the fi­nal vote was counted, con­tin­u­ing to work on is­sues fac­ing the ru­ral ar­eas within Dis­trict 37.

“The past two ses­sions I’ve been fo­cused on in­fra­struc­ture,” Eckardt said. “I’m also work­ing to con­tinue to put poli­cies in place for

eas­ier ac­cess to af­ford­able hous­ing. Ru­ral ar­eas are ac­tu­ally un­der­served in terms of broad­band and con­nec­tiv­ity in re­gard to ev­ery­body hav­ing in­ter­net ac­cess; its a ma­jor is­sue.”

Eckardt said work­ing on those ba­sic ser­vices is what she will spend her next term fo­cused on.

“In my mind, if we

strengthen those ba­sic ser­vices for ev­ery­body, then we are in a po­si­tion to main­tain di­verse busi­nesses and econ­omy,” Eckardt said.

Eckardt has 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a psy­chi­atric clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist with Mary­land, 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence as a state del­e­gate and four years ex­pe­ri­ence at her cur­rent po­si­tion

as state se­na­tor.

Some of Eckardt’s pri­mar y cam­paign points in­cluded form­ing an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion to re­dis­trict the state, main­tain­ing and sus­tain­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and form­ing an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity.

Wright touted more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lic health at the state and

re­gional level.

She said this ex­pe­ri­ence has helped her un­der­stand the busi­ness of govern­ment.

Wright’s pri­mary cam­paign points in­cluded rais­ing the min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour, pri­or­i­tiz­ing early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, con­trol­ling the cost of pre­scrip­tion drugs and ac­ces­si­ble vot­ing.

SEN. AD­DIE ECKARDT

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