Name: Millicent Hall
Political party: Democrat
Where you live: Middletown
Current occupation and employers (may also list up to two previous jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Owner of Saga Games LLC
Political experience (public offices held and when; as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years; do not include political party positions): candidate for Board of Education, 2014
1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)
I am running to make a difference. I want to make sure that voices like mine are heard and represented in Annapolis. I’m also running to restore trust in our elected leaders. The past few years have been rough on our democracy and I want to do what I can to make our system work better.
2 – What is the most important issue for Frederick County in this race? How would you address it? (100 words max)
I believe everything comes back to education. A good public education system can attract businesses to our area, increase home values, and, in the long term, reduces poverty. Part of solving our health care crisis, including mental health care, is making sure that we have programs in place to train new health care providers and that those programs are affordable and accessible. Education should be a priority for K-12, as well as colleges, universities, and trade schools. The better our education system is, the better our community can grow and prosper.
3 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)
In 2016 and 2017, I was a legislative assistant for state Sen. Ron Young and for Del. Karen Lewis Young. I handled constituent concerns, was the secretary for the Frederick County delegation, and gathered co-sponsors for legislation.
I also believe that my experience as a business owner gives me a unique insight into how our state helps small businesses and what can be improved.
Finally, I served as the vice president of the Women’s Democratic League, a board member of the United Democrats of Frederick County, and a member of the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee.
4 – What is one major issue the current House of Delegates has handled poorly and what would have done differently? (100 words max)
I think one thing the House of Delegates has handled poorly is the pandemic. I think the rules should have been clearer for when mask mandates should go into effect and when they should be lifted. I also did not appreciate how some members of the delegation attempted to impeach Gov. Larry Hogan because he was following basic health and safety standards.
5 – What is the most pressing health care issue in the state? How would you address it? (100 words max)
The pandemic has exposed flaws in Maryland’s health care system. One of the biggest flaws brought to the surface was the shortage of mental health professionals. The isolation has made any challenges with mental health worse. We need to make sure that we are training more mental health professionals, and ensure that telehealth visits are available and covered by insurance. Taking care of your mental health should be as valued and as regular as taking care of your physical health. COVID has also brought an increase in hospitals stays, which usually comes with a hefty debt. We can do better.
6 – What is the most pressing public safety issue in the state? How would you address it? (100 words max)
Everyone should feel safe. What makes people feel safe can vary greatly. I support police reform, which would increase the number of social workers and mental health professionals staffed by the police. I would like to see more community policing, so that officers who patrol neighborhoods actually know the people. I would like to see increased bias training, as well.
I would also like to see better funding for preschool and after-school programs, because we know that ultimately these programs lead to less poverty and lower crime rates.
7 – How well is the state addressing climate change? What would you do differently? (100 words max)
The passage of the Maryland Climate Solutions Now Act is a big deal! This goes a long way to setting Maryland on the right track toward net zero green houses and emissions. It also moves public transportation towards electric vehicles, and much more! This was a big victory for the environment and the people of Maryland.
8 – Do you support widening interstates 270 and 495 and adding tolls? Why or why not? (100 words max)
No. We need better solutions for stopping gridlock. Tolls only make faster commutes for those that can afford to pay them. At one point, tolls on the ICC got to $48 during peak hours! That prices out so many Marylanders. What we need to do instead is look at ways of improving public transportation and making it easier to telecommute, whether from home or local telecommuting centers.