As the State Senator from Silver Spring and Takoma Park (District 20) and the Maryland Senate Majority Whip, I’ve been at the center of breakthrough policy changes enacted over the last decade in Maryland. I led the fight in the Senate for marriage equality, to abolish the death penalty, to ban military-style assault weapons, to pass a strong transportation package, to pass strong environmental protections and to lower greenhouse gas emissions, to restore voting rights to ex-offenders, and to raise the minimum wage.
The reason that Attorney General Brian Frosh, the Sierra Club, the Maryland State Education Association, the 72-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, and dozens of other elected officials and labor unions, like the ATU and AFGE, have backed my campaign is because they know I have been a relentlessly effective progressive leader in Annapolis and I will bring a proven track record of creative legislative success to Congress.
From the day I take my oath of office, one of my top priorities will be restoring the freedom of working Americans to organize unions. I am a passionate supporter of the labor movement, which is essential to healthy democracy, and will fight back against right-wing attacks on union organizing and collective bargaining. I will be a creative intellectual leader and political organizer in Congress for reviving the right of the people to organize, to bargain collectively, and to participate in the economy with dignity and fairness. And I won’t just cast votes. I’ll caucus with you in our community and help lead in your struggle for recognition and representation.
My wife Sarah, three kids and I live near the Metro and we are ardent advocates and users of public transportation. If elected, I plan to ride the Metro to Capitol Hill—assuming the system is running on time! To improve our suffering Metro system—which I grew up with and which was the apple of my eye as a boy—we need to bring a laser-like focus on improving safety, on-time performance and the riders’ overall experience.
The Metro is too often crowded, plagued by escalator breakdowns and track closures, and riding it can be dangerous to life and limb. The management needs to invest meaningfully in Metro infrastructure, riders’ experience, and recruitment, retention and cultivation of the best possible workforce. As a Congressman devoted to efficient mass transit, I would work to secure a stable funding stream and to press for the passenger safety, anti-crime, on-time arrival, and stable funding goals needed to restore Metro to its once-and-future glory. As a Metro rider, I would personally monitor changes and insist upon rebuilding and restoring the most beautiful and efficient system in the world.
After a decade in public service as an effective progressive leader, I present to you a record of legislative success and political activism that makes me a proven ally of ATU and an excellent candidate for Congress. Together with the thousands of ATU Local 689 members who live in my district, I look forward to organizing for a big victory on April 26th and for many important legislative breakthroughs ahead.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to come spend some time with me on the campaign trail and sign up for my list at www.jamieraskin.com--you’ll never be lonely again! Million thanks for your solidarity!
All The Best,
Jamie Raskin is a Democratic State Senator from Silver Spring and Takoma Park and the Majority Whip in the Maryland Senate. He is also a professor of constitutional law at American University Washington College of Law. He is a candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, and has been endorsed by ATU and numerous other unions.