Melissa is running to elevate the voice of her neighbors in District 40 in the Maryland House of Delegates. The 40th District deserves a leader like Melissa who will advocate for smart policies and proven solutions that give every Baltimorean the chance to live, work, and support their families in thriving communities
ACCESSIBLE, RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION
Melissa knows the critical role that transportation serves in connecting communities to jobs and opportunity. She has worked closely with community groups and state and local decision makers to ensure public transportation links communities to the resources - like jobs, education and affordable housing - that keep families financially stable. As Delegate, Melissa will fight for accessible, affordable and reliable transportation options in Baltimore City, connecting residents of North and West Baltimore to the resources and jobs they need downtown and across the region.
CREATING JOBS AND CAREERS
As a labor leader and workforce advocate, Melissa has been helping Baltimoreans find and keep jobs that lead to sustainable careers, with wages and benefits that will allow our residents to live and retire with dignity. Whether it’s “earn while you learn” apprenticeships, training partnerships with employers, or programs to support small and minority- and women-owned businesses, Melissa will continue to champion investments in our small businesses, our workforce and our people. And when we grow, she’ll fight to make sure it’s not at the expense of our communities, but instead doubles down on investments in those communities, which are key to our continued success.
SAFETY IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD
Restoring safety in our neighborhoods must be the top priority of every elected official in Baltimore City. We must take a comprehensive approach to addressing crime in the city, especially violent crime, while enhancing our approach to crime prevention, building pathways to opportunity and stifling the school-to-prison pipeline. Every Baltimorean deserves to be safe in their own home and on their own block, and as Delegate, Melissa will champion state legislation that targets violent criminals and repeat offenders. She will promote efforts that create stronger relationships between communities and law enforcement, and help returning citizens get access to well-paying jobs
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Melissa knows that investing in our children early is the surest way to set them up for later success and stability in life. Now is the time to make serious investments in the next generation. As Delegate, Melissa will fight to make sure Baltimore City gets its fair share of state education funding, which is critical to making sure our children can get the quality education they deserve. In addition, she’ll fight for investments in recreational and enrichment opportunities that provide safe spaces, nurture youth and promote healthy development.
SUPPORTING BALTIMORE’S SENIORS
As the daughter of two working parents, including a father who recently retired, Melissa knows how important it is for our seniors to be able to retire with dignity after decades of hard work. As a policy analyst, she’s worked to ensure that our seniors have access to the resources they need, such as accessible transportation to stay mobile and active, affordable housing so they can age in place, and health care and wraparound services that allow our seniors to live full, healthy lives in their later years. As Delegate, Melissa will continue to fight for our seniors, recognizing that all state and city programs must be structured to serve Baltimoreans of all ages and abilities.
GIVING OUR COMMUNITY A VOICE
Everyone has a part to play in designing the policies and programs that will help our city thrive. Melissa understands that our communities are safest and strongest when we all work together to develop solutions. Throughout her career, she has brought residents, businesses, elected officials, and local leaders to the table to solve problems impacting our communities. As Delegate, she’ll continue to build partnerships that reflect the diverse interests and needs of our communities because she believes it’s the only way to create policy and legislation that truly benefits us all.