Maryland Working Families Party congratulates Marc Elrich; state Senate candidates

More progressive legislature to move working families issues

Maryland Working Families Party congratulates their endorsed candidates on their elections, including Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive, a progressive champion, and State Senate candidates Clarence K. Lam (District 12), Antonio L. Hayes (District 40), Jill P. Carter (District 41), and Cory McCray (District 45).

“When the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes in January, it will be a more progressive body and one that is ready to do the people’s business,” said Jay Hutchins, acting state director of Maryland Working Families Party. “With the addition of these young, diverse leaders, we can more effectively advocate for policies that move working families forward like a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave.”

Maryland Working Families Party mobilized its grassroots supporter base to volunteer for endorsed candidates. Support included volunteer canvassing; an extensive texting program, educating and turning out voters; candidate training; and campaign consultation.

In addition, Maryland Working Families Party supported ballot questions Question 2 to establish election day registration statewide and Question H to establish a Fair Elections Fund in Baltimore City. The organization served on the steering committee for the measure which will  even the playing field for candidates funding races. It also organized house parties and did social media outreach to educate voters about the proposal.

Even though MD WFP-endorsed Ben Jealous wasn’t elected tonight, his status-disrupting campaign mobilized a new group of volunteers and voter appetite for bold, progressive policies like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and more equitable school funding.

“Maryland Working Families Party is an important partner in my campaign and mission to represent the voters of my district,” said Cory McCray. “I’m looking forward to bringing our shared values to Annapolis to make change in our state.”