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Keisha Allen lives in the Westport community in Baltimore, Maryland.

Kia Green Anderson has spent her career working in public relations in both the public and private sectors. She has been quoted in various outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun and CNN. Anderson is the Corresponding Secretary for the Medwick Garth Community Association. She served as the Vice President of the Greater Baltimore Leadership Association. Anderson was the 2008 recipient of Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Rising Star Award. She earned a B.A. with Honors in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University and a M.A.

Angela Angel is a mother, advocate, trained attorney, and fighter committed to the empowerment of the hardworking families of Prince George's County. Her focus on boosting community values and benefits is backed by expert knowledge and result-oriented experience in all aspects of government service delivery. In a field of 10 candidates, Angela earned the highest number of votes among all first time candidates. She will be sworn in to the Maryland House of Delegates for Legislative District 25, January 2015.

Luisa María Arévalo.  was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador and moved to the United States at the age of 14 to reunite with her parents.  She has been actively involved in her community and a tireless activist on immigration, women’s rights and other social issues. Throughout high school, she was a teacher assistant for ESOL students and was awarded the ESOL Leadership Award in 2003, for her hard work and dedication toward ESOL students.

Paris Bienert serves as the President of the Maryland Women's Political Caucus, a multi-partisan organization aimed at increasing the number of pro-choice women elected in the state of Maryland.  The organization is a state affiliate of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), the oldest political organization for women in the country.

Wala Blegay is a community activist committed to worker’s rights, women issues and civil wights. Wala is currently counsel for the DC Nurses Association and a talk show host for the Chat With a Lawyer TV Show, which provides free legal advice to the Prince George’s County community, on District Heights, Mount Rainier and Prince George’s County Cable Television, Verizon 25/Comcast 71. She is also an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law.

Danelle Buchman is an accomplished non-profit and public health professional who currently serves as the Senior Community Health Director at the American Heart Association.  She has worked for organizations including the American Cancer Society, United Way of Central Maryland, the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland, and the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.  She also served as a campaign staffer during the 2000 Gore presidential campaign and worked in United States Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Washington D.C.

Betsy Bury was elected to Democratic Central Committee in Anne Arundel County in 2014. She is a public sector management consultant who has worked all over the world helping government funded programs use data to strengthen results.  She also teaches an online course on Performance Management in Government for UMass Boston and was recently appointed to the faculty for the Executive Master of Public Administration Program at the Fels School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she serves on the board of Common Cause Maryland.

Wendy Cohen is the Secretary of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, a member of the Montgomery County Charter Review  Commission and a board member of the Little Falls Watershed Alliance.  She previously served as Chair of a pre-school board, Secretary of her local elementary school PTA and is active in volunteering in her community. In addition, she is Vice President of Practice and Quality for the American Gastroenterological Association where she focuses much of her time on improving the access to high-quality medical care and improving patient outcomes.  

Anne is the appointed State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County and is running to retain her position in November 2014.  She is the top law enforcement officer in the county and the first woman to hold the position in the 90 year history of the office.  She has been honored numerous times for service to crime victims. She is a member of the Governor’s Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Treasurer for the County Bar Association, and volunteers as an advisor for Old Mill High School’s Mock Trial team.

Beth has worked as an advertising and communications professional for over two decades-- most recently directing Telemundo’s advertising and outreach efforts to garner advocacy and candidate dollars onto its Spanish-language stations across the country.
Beth and her husband raised their two sons in Dickerson, Maryland—in the heart of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve—where she dedicates her time and energy to preserve its rural legacy in the face of development pressures.  As a board member of the Montgomery Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board and Sugarloaf Citizens Association, Beth repre

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel is the Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland, where she is responsible for implementing the organization’s policy campaigns and building the capacity of the organization. Jennifer has a strong background in advocacy at the state and local levels.

Judy Harris Davis, Baltimore City native, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Salisbury State College in 1977. Her Masters in Special Education is from University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Judy taught for twenty-two years on the Eastern Shore as an Early Childhood and Special Education Teacher. She is a National Board Certified Teacher/ Exceptional Needs Specialist.
Although not a local by birth, Judy chose to spend her adult life on the Shore. A thirty year survivor of cancer, that experience helped shape her life.

Éviealle has over six years of experience in the public service and political field. She oversees human resources and the logistical components of all of our projects. Additionally, she works closely with managing directors on Brass Tactics business management. Starting off as an Office Manager she got involved in Operations during the 2012 election cycle with OFA-VA. She moved on to work for the administration as an intern in the Spring 2013 class of the White House Internship Program.

Candace Dodson Reed is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Constituent and Community Affairs for Howard County Government. Previous to that appointment, she was Associate Director of the Columbia Foundation and while there, she founded twentyfivefortyfive, a giving circle for philanthropists between the ages of 25 and 45.
Candace has a Masters in Leadership from the Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business and a BA in English from UMBC.

Nia K. Duggins is a leader, advocate, and soon-to-be attorney. Nia has over six years of experience working in politics and public service. Nia served in many capacities, including working for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, where she assisted Maryland constituents. She is passionate about key issues including education, healthcare, public safety, and civil rights issues. Nia served as the 2013-2014 National Director of Social Action for the National Black Law Students Association, where she worked with many organizations on these issues.

Geraldine has served as Legislative Director for Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard for four years and handled constituent, administrative and legislative duties. Previously, Eggleston worked as the Legislative Director for Prince George’s County Delegation, where she designed, implemented and managed the delegation’s local legislation bill process. She served as the Campaign Manager for Obie Patterson in three elections.

Sarah Elfreth is Senior Director of University Projects at Margrave Strategies. In this capacity, she supports the President/CEO in executing economic development and community revitalization strategies in conjunction with University clients. Elfreth coordinates internal and external University stakeholders and serves as the primary point of contact for inquires made by prospective private sector tenants, retailers, and startups

Shebra Evans has been a strong advocate for improving Montgomery County Public Schools, in particular on topics to improve student achievement. Known for her leadership and community involvement, she currently serves on numerous committees and workgroups in Montgomery County, including being selected to lead MCPS African American Student Achievement Action Group. She has volunteered and served as an elected Officer to holding prominent leadership roles on her local PTA and the Board of Directors for Montgomery County Council of PTA's.

Maureen Evans Arthurs is a twenty-year resident of Howard County and a committed community advocate. Professionally, Maureen is the Wellness Coordinator at Howard Community College. Previously, she has worked at non-profits focused on advocacy for equity, women’s empowerment and access to educational resources. Maureen is a married mother of one and dedicated to public service. She serves on numerous non-profit boards and is the president of her community association.

Cheryl Everman is a successful business consultant who assists small minority and woman-owned businesses obtain government contracts. Born in the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts with roots back to the American Revolution, she brings a focused dedication to the military and veteran community.  As a Navy dependent and an Army wife, she traveled throughout the world and brings an understanding of the global marketplace, a strong work ethic, working class values, and a belief that a solid educational foundation is at the heart of future generations’ success. 

Cynthia Farmer is a first generation Haitian American, a mother, a forever learner, and an advocate for change. She grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she intends to serve as a public elected official in the coming years.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, and is currently attending law school at the David A.

Natalia was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and later moved the United States in 1997 with her family.  Natalia married in 2003, and after going through a difficult divorce in 2009, Natalia realized that she should do her best to help other mothers who are struggling to raise their children by themselves.
While working as a banker in DC, Natalia became very active in the community as a founding member of Rotaract Club of Washington D.C.  Natalia has a great interest in local politics; she serves on Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board and Shady Grove Advisory Board.

Jessica is making history as a member of the first ever Frederick County Council. In her first year on the Council, she championed the successful effort to repeal Frederick County's English-only Ordinance and supported a budget that invested in public education and community partnership grants. As a graduate of Emerge Maryland she is engaged with the best and brightest of Maryland’s political leaders. Jessica takes an active role in the community in other ways, including playing violin with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and serving on the Board of Directors of the Frederick Arts Council.

Katja Fort Rhoden is a rebel with many causes. She was born in Northern California and spent her formative years in Columbia, Maryland. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Miami and lived in South Florida for several years. Katja had a successful marketing and sales career. However a late diagnosis of an uncommon immune disorder, called CVID, resulting health crisis brought her promising career to an untimely end. She persevered and completed her degree at the University of Maryland University College.

Kristen Franklin is a native Mobile, Alabamian and eldest of three. She is the only daughter of Karl Franklin and Pamela Abrams. She answered the call to become a public servant during her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, while attending the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in 2009. During the conference she learned that “To those whom much is given, much is expected." She is the first person in her family to attend and complete college.

Growing up in Severna Park, MD and attending Severna Park High School, Tracey Hartman has always been an active member of her community. After graduating from Georgetown University, Tracey returned to Anne Arundel County, taking up residence in the City of Annapolis, the picturesque state capital where Tracey first began her involvement in local politics as a high school page in the Maryland General Assembly.

Mimi Hassanein is originally from Egypt but has lived in Montgomery County for 42 years, where she owns and operates three childcare centers – two in Germantown and one in Urbana.
Her vast and wide-ranging experience in civic engagement includes work within her community and religious organizations with programs that strive to benefit the well-being of all who live and work in the county.  Since 2008, Mimi has been serving on the Montgomery County’s Child Care Commission.  She currently serves as Vice-President of Montgomery County Muslim Council and co-chair of the Middle Eastern Advisory Gro

Ashley began her political career more than ten years ago for then State's Attorney, Frank Kratovil. Over the 13 years she has worked on numerous State and local political campaigns.

Abby Hendrix is a political activist, educator, and union activist. She was re-elected to the Howard County Democratic Central Committee in 2014 and elected Chair of that committee as well. Her husband John and her daughter, Daisy, reside in Columbia in Howard County. Ms. Hendrix is a middle school science teacher and Science Department Chair for Montgomery County Public Schools. She is also an activist with Montgomery County Educators Association and Maryland State Education Association.

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