As a single African American mom, I know firsthand how special interests can dismantle the middle class and hurt our most vulnerable. I have never shied away from fighting back. When developers were set to block my neighborhood’s access to the Potomac shoreline, I fought back, negotiating with them to create good union jobs and protected access to the shore. In Congress, I’ve taken on the big Wall Street banks that wrecked our economy and held the NRA and the politicians they've bought responsible for the culture of gun violence.
And when politicians of both parties give special interests more influence by drawing congressional districts that disenfranchise voters or allow the NRA to secretly buy off politicians, I stand up to them, too.
At a time when Social Security and Medicare are under assault, I will never cut Social Security and Medicare benefits or raise the retirement age. In fact, I am leading the fight to expand Social Security by closing tax loopholes and making the wealthy pay their fair share.
And I have long championed the progressive fight to get big, corporate money out of politics. I’ve led the charge to stop corporations from donating unlimited dollars to politicians, and refused to take donations from the big Wall Street banks in my own campaign.
Barbara Mikulski has spent nearly three decades in the Senate fighting for women and working families. When I step into her shoes, I’ll continue the fight to make sure women receive equal pay for equal work, and that we protect the victims of domestic abuse, not the aggressors. I will continue to stand up to the Tea Party and anyone who would put politicians between a woman and her doctor.
In the Senate, I will always stand with Maryland’s working families. And when I am elected, I’ll fight to create well-paying middle class jobs, address income inequality, provide debtfree college, and make critical investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for our students. Today, there are no African American women in the United States Senate. I will bring a unique and important voice to the table when decisions are being made.
Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, comprising portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties since her election in June 2008, becoming the first African American woman to represent Maryland in Congress. She is a candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland and has been endorsed by ATU Local 689 and numerous other unions and grssroots organizations.