Candidates speak at Caroline Democratic Club reception
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.