Sen. Ron Young (D-District 3) is a candidate for the Maryland Senate in the 3rd District. The primary election is June 26.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because we need the experience, the ability to build relationships, a knowledge of our community and our people, vision and fresh ideas and the work ethic to move our community forward.
In addition we still need affordable education, good jobs and the opportunity for everyone to succeed. We can and must do better.
Our system works best when everyone gets a fair shot. I have and will continue to support policies that ensure that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules has the opportunity to live the American Dream.
What’s the biggest issue facing Maryland’s District 3? How would you address it?
Providing the education and training to attract good jobs and to give everyone the opportunity to succeed and to provide for their families. During this Governor’s administration we have slipped from first to sixth in education. We must reinvent our public school system. We need to complete the work of the Kirwin Commission and fund it. The following are the major recommendations:
- Provide early childhood education and high quality pre-K to all four year olds.
- Recruit, train and retain high quality and diverse educators and leaders.
- Build a world class instructional system.
- Establish a system that ensures at-risk students are successful.
- Create a new governance and accountability system.
What changes, if any, would you propose if re-elected?
First, I would like to see rule changes in the way the Senate operates to make it more democratic. I feel that bills that have the co-sponsorship of the majority of the Chamber should be guaranteed a vote in committee.
Secondly, I would like to see more efforts to move toward clean energy and clean energy jobs. We have banned fracking. We now need to protect our water and our air. We can move toward zero energy buildings, electric cars and 100 percent recycling. We can protect our environment and do it an economical manner that strengthens our economy.
What is one thing you would do differently from other challengers?
The key to being a successful legislator is building relationships on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers. It also includes establishing relationships with department heads, staff, constituents, stakeholders and industry specialists. This takes years and I have been doing it for decades. I understand the system and know how to work within it.
In addition I have attended conferences across the country, conferred with legislators from other states and studied best practices. I have researched successful policies and brought fresh approaches to utilizing them. I have been and still am effective in getting things done.
How do you plan on working with people with views different from your own?
I am the only candidate that has effectively demonstrated the ability to work across the aisle in accomplishing bipartisan solutions on a wide variety of topics. I will build upon years of relationships to continue moving our community and our state forward. As mayor, I once served with a super majority of republicans and we made tremendous progress. In the legislature, I have often had strong republican support on many of my bills, and I have worked with and supported bills sponsored by republicans. My plan is to simply continue working with my colleagues of both parties as I have always done.
— Kelsi Loos