July 16, 2022

We’re getting ready for election day!

We’ve wrapped up early voting! And now we’re getting ready for election day!  There is definitely still time to donate!  Every poll worker cost $165 from 7 pm to 8 pm. And they are worth their weight in gold!  If you can help contribute to the cost of a poll worker, let’s do it!  Please donate here:  For early voting …

Continue reading
June 25, 2022

Get Women in the Pipeline for Public Office. Start with Me.

We need strong women who will champion women’s rights in public office. Today’s US Supreme Court decision is our mandate to build a pipeline of women for public office, at every level.  I’m one of the public servants you can help put in office. Will you please consider donating to my campaign today?  There are a myriad of protections we need to put in …

Continue reading
June 14, 2022

Happy Loving Week and Pride Month!

We are rocking and rolling in our campaign talking with voters everyday and getting our mailers out! Check out our most recent mailer below! Even with the intense campaigning, we took time out this past Sunday, June 12, to celebrate Loving Day!  On June 12, 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down all laws banning interracial marriage.   The Loving decision also paved the way …

Continue reading
May 9, 2022

I hope you enjoyed celebrating moms this weekend!

I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend! I’ll never forget coming home with little Elaine for the first time and thinking, “That’s it? No instructions?!”  But over the course of the next couple of weeks, Josh and I slowly figured out what a powerful guide mother’s (and dad’s) intuition can be. Five years into mommyhood, I still think a …

Continue reading
April 29, 2022

OMG, Light it up!

Please take a look at what is by far the hottest thing I’ve ever built with the coolest artist-designers, engineers and fabricators in the USA. But guess what—they are all from Baltimore! We just built The Beacon—Last Mile Park’s first permanent artistic lighting installation in a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore. To paraphrase Cory Booker, absolutely nothing can steal my joy today…. …

Continue reading
March 30, 2022

Black women in Baltimore are AMAAAZZING!

Without a doubt, my highlight for Women’s History Month was the shining brilliance of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s face as she listened to Cory Booker extol her virtues and the virtues of Black women everywhere. As I listened, I cried too. I cried for joy and also surprisingly relief. I felt gratifying relief in having her value—and our value—be seen and …

Continue reading
February 28, 2022

A reflective time in Baltimore…

This year we’ve lost a record number of lives to gun violence. In some cases, teenagers pulled the trigger.  Having mentored at-risk youth all my adult life, I know that we lost those teens in elementary school—not when they pulled the trigger.  Our Schools So while the violence spiraled, I fought hard to get funding for and to keep open elementary …

Continue reading
January 11, 2022


For the past month, I’ve been helping to lead a fight to stop elementary schools from closing in Black neighborhoods. This fight strikes at the very core of why I am running for office. There is just no way that every resident will be safer, healthier or wealthier if we pull elementary schools out of our neighborhoods. The recreation centers …

Continue reading
November 19, 2021

Vision Series (Part 5): For a Safer City

Josh, Elaine and I had met the grandmother who was killed this week.  We  remember how warmly she would welcome us to church. Josh remembered her bright smile.  It’s been a violent week in Baltimore. Since Monday, we lost a 69-year old grandmother to stabbing, a five-year old girl to abuse, and a 13-year old girl to gun violence. Three …

Continue reading
November 13, 2021

Vision Series (Part 4): Infrastructure means trades!

Biden visited Baltimore’s ports this week to tout a $1.2 trillion investment in infrastructure. According to earlier analytics, that investment should create over 1,000,000 jobs. And many of those jobs will be in the trades. But guess what—many contractors in our region can’t find enough trades people! I have two projects under construction right now in Baltimore. And several of …

Continue reading
November 13, 2021

I hope you had a great Veterans Day!

Our volunteers and I say thank you to everyone who has served or is serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for representing our country. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of the country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for all the values we hold dear. I had an incredible breakfast meeting this …

Continue reading
October 28, 2021

Vision Series (Part 3): When I was a foster Mom…

I was a foster mom to a fifteen-year old girl for a year and half. Before joining my family, my foster daughter was not really going to school.  Her attendance rate was about 50%. And, as far as I could tell, she had never had higher than a D on her report cards. But we worked together consistently—on her classwork and …

Continue reading
October 25, 2021

October is for door-knocking!

We’ve been door-knocking up a storm, and we need your help…. How we win our race is through door-knocking. And that’s what we’re doing…like there is no tomorrow.   But of course we need your help.   If you live in the city, you can join us on any Saturday or Sunday at 10 am to help us engage the District.   If you don’t …

Continue reading
September 30, 2021

Vision Series (Part 2): We’re solving for incomes

David Simon (creator of The Wire) recently penned a tribute to Michael K. Williams (“Omar” from The Wire). Simon once explained to Williams that The Wire was to help show that drug culture is not a racial pathology, it’s about economics and the collapse of the working class — Black and white both. David Simon, “The Question Michael K. Williams …

Continue reading
September 11, 2021

Where were you on 9/11?

As the unofficial start to fall has passed, we can reflect together on the events that happened 20 years ago from today. In the photo above, Police Officer Moira Smith rescues an injured man. She went back to help others and sacrificed her own life. One of my best friends from high school lost her mom when the plane crashed …

Continue reading
September 9, 2021

Vision Series (Part 1): Integrity matters

Notwithstanding the many inspiring leaders I know and incredible initiatives I’ve seen (and led) in our great city, I struggled this summer with my own disillusionment over the so-called “way things are done” in Baltimore. But conformity is not an option. Corruption is a key barrier to opportunity and one’s sense of freedom and security—whether it comes from within the …

Continue reading
August 31, 2021

Now is a good time for reflection…

Yesterday was an especially moving and heart-full moment when my husband and I sent Elaine to the first day of her last year of preschool. What a journey. Even as I type, my eyes fill just thinking about how much our four-and-a-half-year-old has grown up during the pandemic. As I send Elaine back to school with great pride and joy, …

Continue reading
August 2, 2021

Are you ready to grow the middle class?

This past July was Baltimore’s most historic month in nearly a century, but it passed quietly without much fanfare. In July 2021, families with children between the ages of zero and 18 began receiving advance, monthly child tax credit payments. I asked a grocery store clerk what she would do with her extra money from the child tax credit. She …

Continue reading
July 15, 2021

Invest in the Black Working Poor

It takes courage and vision to value the black working poor. But it’s worth doing. The working poor contribute to consumer spending, which is about 70% all US economic activity. They spend money in ways that create demand for jobs. Many working poor also create demand for services like public transit, which needs ever more users. But above all, valuing and investing in the black working poor is humane.

Continue reading
June 30, 2021

Food deserts have been a choice.

That we have food deserts has been a policy choice. Operators like Good Food Markets need funding for the full costs of a build-out and for the first one-to-two years of operational costs. A 10-year credit for personal property taxes is not enough.

Continue reading
June 14, 2021

Happy Loving Day and Happy Pride Month!

We had a small wedding to officially get married and a large celebration with both of our families on Loving Day. As a proud interracial family, June 12 means so much to us. And as a proud ally with my LGBTQIA+ family, it means so much more.

Continue reading
March 1, 2021

For Black history and Women’s history…

My mom is amazing. For Women’s History Month and in celebration of Black History all year, I celebrate my mom, China Long.  Her drive and resilience have most inspired my commitment to public service and my current run for Delegate to the Maryland Legislature.   My mom is one of eight children from a coal miner’s holler in West Virginia.  She …

Continue reading
February 4, 2021

We love residents!

We love hitting the streets talking to residents—and feeding treats to cute little doggies! We are listening to you—and turning your ideas and concerns into our action agenda. Just take a look…and then check out what you’ve told us on our Issues page.

Continue reading
December 31, 2020

A new Baltimore

I pray that you are blessed beyond measure in the new year. And I pray that you’ll have hope, that becomes faith, that becomes inspired action for the dreams you hold most dear in 2021. The challenges of 2020 have made me even more grateful for my family, all of whom are living inspiration and joy to me. This year …

Continue reading
December 9, 2020

A step forward…

Happy Inauguration Day! Baltimore City’s new leadership was sworn into office today.  I’m more hopeful than ever that the city will move forward—and that Maryland will move forward. Last week, we took a step in the right direction on crime. With $600,000 in initial funding, Baltimore City re-committed to Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) .  Using GVRS as a way to end homicides …

Continue reading
November 27, 2020

Here’s to Women!

Happy Thanksgiving! This November we continue reaching out to voters, very safely of course, and sharing our message more broadly.   Last Wednesday (Nov. 18), I was a panelist for a Johns Hopkins lecture called, “ Living for the City, Women’s Health in 21st Century Baltimore” . In case you missed it, together we must: Draft a bold plan to support women during recession. The data says, Baltimore …

Continue reading
November 7, 2020

What a week, Friend!

Election week has taught us that every race matters.  And every vote matters.  Here’s the great news—I’m running for Delegate to the Maryland legislature.  And my  campaign website is now LIVE !  This is my first newsletter to keep you up to speed on the latest and greatest on the campaign trail. As of today, there are 606 days remaining until primary day on June 28, …

Continue reading
October 31, 2020

Have a Spooky Halloween!

We had a terrific afternoon at Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School distributing Halloween treats to the kids! Much thanks to Promise Heights and my own church, Brown Memorial Presbyterian, who arrived on point with a beautiful display of goodies, healthy cookbooks and resources for parents, and a balloon artist! I hope you and yours enjoy as much as possible a spooky …

Continue reading
October 24, 2020

Wow! Baltimore Sun Says One of 25 Women to Watch

I am so humbled to be named one of the Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch! There are so many residents, partners, mentors, and cheerleaders without whom this honor would not be possible. I thank you. This work we are doing is so hard and can feel impossible on many days. To have others say, we see the effort, is …

Continue reading
October 24, 2020

I hear you

Over the last three months I have been listening at dozens of community meetings. I’ve been listening at your doorsteps. And I’ve been listening in our telephone conversations and zoom chats. We want better schools, better health care, more activities for children and youth, and more amenities in our neighborhoods. We don’t want Baltimore’s beauty hidden under the wrong narratives. …

Continue reading