Incumbent Md. senator listens to constituents and asks for their input
While serving on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in the Maryland Senate, Sen. Steve Waugh (R-St. Mary’s, Calvert), recognizing his lack of expertise in the many of the areas covered by the committee, held public forums to solicit input from constituents with knowledge in those areas.
In 2015, when I served as chair of the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital board of directors, I attended Sen. Waugh’s first forum on health care issues at the Lexington Park library. The forum was open to the public and was attended by a cross-section of the medical community including hospital executives, doctors, a pharmacist and nurses.
Sen. Waugh made a brief presentation highlighting the bills that had come through his committee that pertained to health care — what had passed, what hadn’t and what he thought would come back the next year. He asked those in attendance to share their thoughts and concerns on each bill, and he directed his staff to take notes. Sen. Waugh used the forum’s sign-in sheets to develop a list of contacts that he could call on for input on legislation introduced in his committee in future years.
Additional forums held that year and each year since covered these topics: veterans, alcohol/liquor laws, agriculture/farming, watermen’s and outdoors issues (fisheries/hunting) and education.
That health care forum is just one example of how Sen. Waugh has reached out to his constituents, asked for our input, listened to our concerns and worked together with us to represent us in Annapolis.
I believe it is to our advantage to allow Sen. Waugh to build on what he has learned and the relationships he has developed by serving St. Mary’s and Calvert counties for another four years. He has my vote in the Republican primary.