Western Maryland

 

Helping Rural Communities Thrive: A Plan to Support Western Maryland

Ensuring that Western Maryland thrives will be a top priority of mine, as Governor. For too long, Maryland’s political leadership has failed to adequately address the needs of rural communities – spending too much time in Annapolis and not enough time listening to residents of Frederick, Carroll, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties.

Since entering the race six months ago, I have been in Western Maryland more than 30 times. We’ve visited every corner of the region—from Frederick and Emmitsburg to Hagerstown and Cumberland to Grantsville and Oakland—meeting often with local leaders to discuss a way forward for their communities. I’ve loved every meeting with students from Frostburg State and Hood, conservation leaders and progressive activists, business and agricultural leaders from the Chambers of Commerce in Garrett and Frederick, and local elected officials in each of the five counties. I have listened closely to your challenges with accessing healthcare services, having enough well-paying jobs within the region so kids don’t have to move elsewhere, attracting investment and retaining employers, and fully funding public schools.

PRIORITIES

1. Improving Quality Rural Healthcare

2. Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

3. Expanding Educational Opportunities from Cradle to Career

4. Supporting Maryland’s Agricultural Sector

5. Creating Well-Paying Jobs in Western Maryland

6. Conserving Maryland’s Treasured Landscapes

7. Creating the Strongest Outdoor Economy on the East Coast