Senator Susan Lee, Delegate Ariana Kelly, Delegate Marc Korman, and Delegate Sara Love Announce Plans To Run For Reelection As A Team
Four incumbents ask District 16 voters for another term
State Senator Susan Lee, Delegate Ariana Kelly, Delegate Marc Korman, and Delegate Sara Love announced today their intention to run for reelection as a team and ask the voters for an opportunity to continue representing Maryland's state legislative District 16 in Annapolis.
“The good things we like about living in Montgomery County and Maryland did not happen by accident. Rather, they are the result of the hard work and dedication of our citizens and of the policies and laws set in Annapolis and Montgomery County. Our District 16 team in Annapolis plays an influential role in making and keeping our communities what they are. I am so proud of my fellow District 16 team members, who are always helping lead the fight for fiscal responsibility and improved education, health care, transportation, economic opportunities, environment, and protection of the most vulnerable. Our strong teamwork and shared values give District 16 a distinct advantage in the state legislature. We enjoy working for our constituents and appreciate their continued support,” said State Senator Susan Lee.
All four legislators have committed to continue to advance a progressive agenda for District 16.
"The work we do as a team is a huge benefit to our district. This is in large part because we share common values and work collaboratively," said Delegate Ariana Kelly. "We've stood up for priorities on public health and in support of science, fiscal responsibility, and the environment. Together, we've been able accomplish so much - from police reform, to increasing funding for child care, and expanding access to quality health care. The experience and commitment of this team will enable us to build on these accomplishments in the next four years."
The 2021 session was an extraordinarily productive one for the State, as well as for District 16. Thanks to Senator Lee, Delegate Kelly, Delegate Korman, and Delegate Love, Maryland expanded funding for public schools, passed a balanced budget, advanced health care for its citizens, promoted transportation options, and protected the environment. Lee, Kelly, Korman, and Love each made their own contributions to these achievements, while continuing their dedicated work on a wide range of important issues.
"The District 16 Team has worked together to ensure adequate investment into and oversight of major transportation projects and systems, increased state school construction funding for Montgomery County, and made important strides in environmental sustainability by increasing our state's use of renewable energy," said Korman. "I am excited to see what four more years of teamwork and collaboration can bring."
“I am honored to be a part of such a great team serving District 16,” said Delegate Sara Love. “Our team’s individual expertise in health care, criminal justice matters, transportation, civil liberties, and the environment not only serve our constituents well, but also serve our district well in Annapolis. I look forward to the honor of representing District 16 for another four years with these talented and dedicated legislators.”
“The District 16 Team is filled with granular policy expertise, overwhelming passion for the common good, and a splendid and unstoppable work ethic. They have been magnificent in taking care of our community through Covid-19. If only everyone I serve with on Capitol Hill were like everyone District 16 sends to Annapolis. The D16 Team exemplifies good leadership,” said Congressman Jamie Raskin.
"As a District 16 resident, I am proud to be represented by Susan, Ariana, Marc, and Sara. As Attorney General, I have worked closely with all four legislators on our shared priorities including consumer protection, criminal justice reform, and cybersecurity," said Attorney General Brian Frosh. "They work hard and they know District 16. I am pleased to endorse them for reelection.”
The team will be campaigning together in advance of the 2022 primary election, scheduled for June 28, 2022.
"As State Treasurer, I have had the opportunity to work closely with each member of the District 16 Team to ensure our state is spending its residents' money wisely, investing our pension funds in a responsible way, and providing higher education access to all through our 529 College Savings Program. As a resident of District 16 and former Delegate, I know first hand how hard the Team works for all District 16 residents. Whether I need a pothole fixed or help on a complicated issue implicating the entire state, I can always rely on my District 16 legislators." said Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, who in that role serves on the Board of Public Works, chairs the Board of Trustees of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, and chairs the Maryland 529 Board, among many other duties. Treasurer Kopp represented District 16 in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1975 to 2002.
Data from the 2020 census has been released. Maryland-specific data can be found on the state Department of Planning website. According to the census, Maryland's population is 6.2 million people, the 18th largest in the United States up from 5.7 million in 2010. Montgomery County's population is 1.075 million people, up from 972,000.
An attentive taxpayer and a state audit revealed last year that the State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) was not properly applying certain tax credits because it was improperly deducting certain local credits from the value of the state credit. Although SDAT agreed to adjust the approach going forward, they did not agree to reimburse taxpayers. The Montgomery County Delegation made this a priority and passed legislation to reimburse taxpayers for up to five years of incorrect payments. To check whether you are due for a refund, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-767-4433.
The Governor's draft six year Consolidated Transportation Program Budget has been released. The Montgomery County presentation from the Maryland Department of Transportation will be on November 10 at 7pm: http://montgomerycountydelegation.com/hearings.html The Subcommittee on Appropriations that I chair will also hold an oversight briefing later in the fall.
The draft budget:
One area where we must step up our infrastructure efforts is drainage. A few weeks ago, before the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through our region, I wrote a letter to the State Highway Administration regarding this issue and some particular drainage needs in District 16 along state highways. You can read it here.
If you know of an upcoming District 16 event or a District 16 resident who merits recognition or condolences, please email email@example.com.
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