Great coverage of Maryland Working Family candidates!

Maryland Working Families and our endorsed candidates are getting great press coverage following strong showings in the state’s primary elections at the end of June. Check it out!

In These Times: Working Families Make Promising Debut in Maryland Elections. A write-up of our first Maryland electoral victories.

“’We knocked on close to 15,000 doors in the course of five weeks,’ says Carter. ‘We provided advice and support, especially for those who were running for office for the first time.’ For candidates without access to financial assistance from corporations or entrenched lobby groups, she says, ‘Our idea is not to write checks, but to provide the kind of grassroots support needed.'”

Salon: A Left Wing Tea-Party May Be Closer Than You Think. A piece that profiles a handful of progressive movement candidates running for state legislature around the country, suggesting they might be the start of a progressive answer to the Tea Party. Among those candidates is Cory McCray, an Electrical Workers union organizer who won his primary for Delegate on the East Side of Baltimore last week with strong support from Maryland Working Families.

“Cory McCray, who is running for the House of Delegates in Maryland as a Democrat — he won a Democratic primary with strong support from Maryland Working Families – had a similar view of his party, describing it as needing to be ‘pushed’ by outsiders to better live by what is ostensibly its foundational code. Behind ‘all great [political accomplishments],’ McCray said, ‘people were pushing.’ After citing Frederick Douglass — who famously said that ‘power concedes nothing without a demand’ — McCray argued that the great progressive politicians of American history were only able to achieve what they did because of public pressure.”

Baltimore Sun: Hayes, Lierman and McCray new faces of city politics. McCray is also featured in these profiles of Baltimore City candidates likely to be headed to the Maryland General Assembly. He shares his remarkable personal story and how that drives him to represent the families in his district.

“McCray . . . spent his teenage years as a drug dealer. ‘I turned 18 in the city jail. That life was all I had known,’ he said. ‘I always had a lot of hustle. I just needed to prioritize in the right way.’

Out of jail and determined to turn his life around, McCray signed up for an apprenticeship program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where he currently serves as an organizer.

As he ran for office, McCray acted as though he were getting a trial run at the job — providing constituent services to residents he encountered while knocking on 16,000 doors. An 80-year-old woman had no heat? A school needed a fence repaired? McCray got on the phone to Councilman Brandon Scott, 30, his friend and supporter.”