We are less than 80 days from Election Day! I am so grateful for all those who have shown their support for me - from knocking on doors, putting signs up, and attending campaign events.
Our campaign of bringing relief to Maryland families, lowering taxes, protecting rights for all, keeping education at the forefront, and being good stewards of the environment continues to grow in support. But campaigns are not won in November - they are won in the hot days of summer!
This Saturday join me and candidate for Comptroller, Brooke Lierman, Team 30A, County Executive Steuart Pittman, & County Councilwoman Lisa Rodvien, to door-knock throughout District 30A on Saturday, August 27 at 10am!
Meet us at our coordinated campaign office at 17 Pinewood St, Annapolis at 10 AM for coffee, donuts, and a brief rally/training session before heading out! Can't wait to see you there!
Sign-up here: https://bit.ly/canvasaug27
There are several ways you can continue to stay involved and help our campaign:
Humane Society Scorecard
I am so honored to have received a 100% scorecard from the Humane Society Legislative fund. Protecting the rights of animals in Maryland is incredibly close to my heart, and I look forward to continuing this fight in future Maryland General Assembly Sessions!
For more information on the 2022 Scorecard and the specific legislation involved, please follow this link to the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s blog! And you can find the entire Maryland Scorecard here!
Elktonia Carr's Beach Signing Ceremony
On August 12th I had the pleasure of attending the signing ceremony for the City of Annapolis to acquire Elktonia/Carr’s Beach. This site was formerly a part of a larger enterprise owned and operated by the Carr family from 1926 through to the late 1960s. It was a destination where Black families could spend summer days and musical nights and create their own safe and inviting space during the era of Jim Crow segregation. This property is extremely important to the Black history, culture, and heritage of Annapolis, and will now be used as a new waterfront heritage community park in association with Black community leaders and partners.
Thank you so much to all of our State, City, Federal, and non-profit partners who came together to make this a reality! Especially Senator Ben Cardin, The National Park Service, Blacks of the Chesapeake, Lt. Governor Boyd K Rutherford, The Conservation Fund, Mayor Gavin Buckley, The Chesapeake Conservancy, Senator Sarah Elfreth, Delegate Shaneka Henson, County Executive Steuart Pittman County, Councilwoman Lisa Brannigan Rodvien, Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor Aruna Miller, and so many more!
As we prepare for the new school year to start, I had a fantastic time on Wednesday at our Teacher Appreciation event with amazing teachers from AACPS as we celebrated the upcoming year and to show our appreciation for their service to our students and community. Thank you to the members of TAAAC and my co-hosts for a great event!
Bay Crossing Study
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host three Open
House events in September for the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study: Tier 2 National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Study.
The launch of the Tier 2 NEPA Study follows completion of the Tier 1 NEPA Study in April and continues efforts to provide congestion relief at the Bay Bridge.
These Open House events will be held on September 7, 8 and 13. Attendees will be able to learn about the Tier 2 NEPA Study, ask questions, and provide comments.
The events also will include a review of the Tier 1 NEPA Study, which identified Corridor 7, the corridor containing the existing Bay Bridge, as the Selected Corridor Alternative.
Materials and meeting locations are now available on the study website at baycrossingstudy.com
Mortgage Relief with the Homeowner Assistance Fund
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners experienced and continue to experience financial difficulties paying their mortgages or other home-related expenses. To provide financial relief to those affected by the loss of income or increased cost of living, the American Rescue Plan Act established the Homeowner Assistance Fund, or HAF.
You can apply to HAF and get help with: mortgage payments, property taxes, mobile home loan payments, land lease/ground rent delinquencies, homeowners/condo association fee, water and sewer, home insurance fees and emergency home repairs. For more information visit: homeownerassistance.maryland.gov or call the assistance line: (833) 676-0119.
Community Meet & Greets
What a great evening spent with our hosts, Ginger & Frank Deluca & their lovely neighbors for last weekend’s Meet & Greet in Kingsport! Great discussion on a variety of topics that are important to our community.
We are planning Meet & Greets in several neighborhoods: Eastport, Parole, Wardour, Bay Ridge, Hunt Meadow, and Broadneck! If you would like to host a meet & greet please reach out & our team can help set that up! https://bit.ly/36s7uZ4
Pops in the Park!
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will be having a Pops in the Park Concert on September 4 at 5:30pm at Quiet Waters Park.
The Pops in the Park concert kicks off the start of the ASO’s season after a highly successful international tour to Spain where they wowed global audiences and left with media acclaim. Thanks to a generous grant from Anne Arundel County, they are bringing this premier orchestra to our community at no charge. The concert typically draws a crowd of several thousand and is fun for the entire family and community.
Plug-In E/V, HOV Permit Program Changes
Attention, Plug-In E/V drivers! The Plug-In Electric/ Vehicle High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Permit program is set to expire on September 30, 2022. After this date, holders of HOV permits may not use HOV lanes without having the appropriate number of passengers in their vehicle. All motor vehicles must conform to the requirements when using the HOV lanes in Maryland.
HOV Stickers should be removed from vehicles after September 30, 2022.
Movie Under the Stars
Join the Annapolis Town Center for Summer Movie Nights! The first 100 guests at each showing get a bag of popcorn! Join them on August 20 at 7:30pm for a viewing of Soul (PG), or on September 24 at 8pm for Grease (PG).
Seating is first come first serve so be sure to arrive early and bring your lawn chairs & blankets.
Movie showing location will be outside next to Gordon Biersch and the show will go on, rain or shine. In the event of rain, they will operate drive-in movie style! Tickets are available here.
Love Our Libraries
And just like that, the end of summer is here! AACPL is helping to make the back-to-school transition as seamless as possible with plenty of online and physical resources for students and teachers alike to help with homework, language learning, accessing reading materials and more. Check out our Student Center and Young Learners pages for access to resources like National Geographic Kids, Brainfuse, and TumbleBooks, and so much more!
I encourage everyone to follow the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Facebook page to get updates on programs and new resources. You can check out their calendar to find the perfect event for you and your family to enjoy!