I grew up in Bowie after moving from Fort Meade in 1999. After graduating from DuVal High School in 2013, I attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Minors in History & Political Science. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Arts in Political Science, concentrating on American politics, in Fall 2020.
I have the experience of writing policy for the local, state, and federal level, including legislation to expand Black history education & rename racist schools in Prince George’s County Public Schools and COVID-19 response legislation for the City of Annapolis. I’ve worked on numerous political campaigns across Maryland, including the Steering Committee of Maryland for Bernie Sanders and Jill P. Carter for Congress. I was an avid door knocker on the campaign of the first Black and first disabled Mayor of Bowie, Tim Adams, and knocked over 2,000 doors for Ben Jealous in 2018. I am a member of the Maryland NAACP, Our Revolution Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Prince George’s County Young Democrats, and the Democratic Socialists of America. I want to use these experiences and my relationships with elected officials & progressive organizations to improve our district and fight for transformative policy changes.
I seek your vote for Delegate in District 24 because I have serious plans to improve our district, our county, and our state by passing strong legislation and building political power for the working families of Prince George’s County. Prince George’s needs leadership on the House of Delegates’ Environment & Transportation Committee to expand and improve our mass transit, end fares, conserve our natural resources, fix our roads, and invest in our environment to mitigate the effects of climate change. Serving on this committee, I will be a leader on these issues. I will also join the Transit Caucus and work to form a Progressive Caucus.
Starting salary of $60,000 for Maryland teachers and increased salaries for staff.
Universal pre-K and after-school care.
Free school breakfast and lunch for all students.
Tuition-free higher education, including trade school.
Universal, all-inclusive single payer healthcare for all Marylanders, including dental, vision, hearing, childbirth, medicine, and mental healthcare.
Universal access to doulas and other maternal care.
No one should go into debt over a medical bill or lack medical care in the wealthiest state in the nation.
Fare-free transit and improved service/frequency of mass transit to reduce traffic and pollution.
Increased taxes on Maryland's worst polluters, such as Perdue and Exelon.
Goal of planting 1,000,000 trees in Maryland annually.
$25 an hour minimum wage for Big Businesses such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, and McDonalds.
Guaranteed union rights for all Marylanders.
60 days paid vacation and 180 days paid family leave for all Maryland workers.
Higher wages for tipped workers.
Ban youth incarceration & end the school to prison pipeline.
Bond bills and increased developer fees to fund local school construction, maintenance, and upgrades.
Protection of existing forestation, parks, & streams.
Investment for psychologists, counselors, nurses, janitors, librarians, paraeducators, tutors, cafeteria workers, & other support staff in Prince George's County Public Schools.
Placement of crossing guards and traffic slowdown technologies on the most dangerous roads in Maryland.
Additional investment to improve roads, bridges, and sidewalks throughout our state.
Tax credit for seniors who age in their family home.
State support for senior services, including home maintenance, transportation, and health services.
Guaranteed healthcare for all, including medicine, home aides, and medical checkups.
Strong regulations on retirement communities.
Fix Maryland's tax code with higher taxes on millionaires, reduced sales tax, & ban on flat taxes/fines/bank fees.
Public Bank for Maryland workers.
In partnership with Board of Education Vice Chair Ed Burroughs, Janna Parker, the late Joseph Kitchen, and several others, I helped draft legislation to improve the quality of Black and Latino history, including the history of our majority-Black county and the story of how our County has changed drastically in the past 50 years. I also testified in favor of Senator Lee's 2022 legislation to mandate an expanded history curriculum across the state of Maryland.
Working with Delegate Vaughn Stewart in 2019, I researched legislation that had been introduced in several other states to ban corporate subsidies in the state budget and to establish a public option for long-term care to ensure the best health outcomes for seniors at the lowest cost.
Both of these pieces of legislation have been introduced in Annapolis by Delegate Stewart. I would be a proud co-sponsor on this legislation.
When Councilman At Large Mel Franklin and other County Councilmembers supported a potential 10% tax increase during the pandemic, I helped organize opposition to it alongside Tamara Brown, Krystal Oriadha, and many others. The tax increase was stopped!
When Delegate Marvin Holmes proposed legislation to expand liquor licenses in Prince George's, to allow them within 500 feet of churches/1000 feet of nursery schools, I helped organize opposition with the Prince George's County Young Democrats and Sylvia Johnson. The liquor expansion was stopped!
When Delegate Ron Watson proposed legislation to convert the Prince George's County Board of Education to all At-Large positions, I worked with the Prince George's County Young Democrats, Prince George's County Education Association, and other community advocates to oppose this bill. This legislation was withdrawn by the sponsor!
After Councilman Derrick Leon Davis proposed legislative maps without any comment or oversight from the public, I offered testimony along with over 150 other Prince Georgians against these unjust maps. I testified before the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee to maintain the entirety of Glenn Dale within the 24th Legislative District, which was included in the state maps.
I also helped plan an informative townhall on redistricting with Common Cause, Our Revolution, PG DSA, and PG Changemakers.
During the 2021 legislative session, I worked with SEIU199 and the Department of Legislative Services to provide amendments to the Essential Workers Act, to expand essential worker protections to teachers and graduate students, raise the minimum wage, and increase penalties for businesses that endanger workers. I also worked on favorable amendments for the Maryland RELIEF Act with Comptroller Peter Franchot's Office to expand direct payments and banking access for Marylanders.
When the Prince George's County Police Department was sued for intra-departmental racism by the American Civil Liberties Union, I worked alongside Krystal Oriadha, Ashanti Martinez, Matt Dernoga, Seanniece Bamiro, and others to provide recommendations to the Task Force. These recommendations included investment in mental health services, body cameras, standardized use-of-force policies, and removing police officers from PGCPS. County Executive Alsobrooks has promised to implement 46 of the 50 recommendations.
With Annapolis Alderman DaJuan Gay and several others, I proposed a comprehensive agenda to ensure improvements to public housing and long-term housing affordability in the City of Annapolis including a ban on flat taxes, establishing community land trusts, and municipal bonds to fund road and housing upgrades & maintenace.
Before the 2021 Legislative Session, I offered testimony to the House of Delegates' Police Reform Workgroup to repeal the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights and pass Anton's Law to expand police accountability and transparency in Maryland. I cited research that I had conducted, indicating more incidents of police shootings in states with LEOBOR in effect.
During the 2021 session, Senator Jill P. Carter's police reform legislation passed!
From the day that Ben Jealous announced his progressive, people-powered campaign for Governor, I was in support. His policy plans and independence from Annapolis leadership were why I supported him and I knocked over 2,000 doors for his campaign.
I knocked over 300 doors to support Tim, the first Black and first disabled Mayor of my hometown. Tim ran for office on fighting overdevelopment and universal pre-K in Bowie, both policies that I support.
In the 2020 primary & general elections, I supported progressive Black judges Gladys Weatherspoon and April Ademiluyi for Circuit Court in Prince George's, Makeba Gibbs in Charles, Quincy Coleman in Howard, & Marylin Pierre in Montgomery. Gladys and April unseated two Republican judges in Prince George's, Quincy unseated a Republican judge in Howard, and Makeba unseated an incumbent judge in Charles.
After the unfortunate passing of Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, I managed the campaign of State Senator Jill P. Carter for the MD-07 congressional seat. I knocked over 4,000 doors for her campaign in a 2 month timespan. Our campaign received a vote for every door we knocked, and we won 2 Baltimore City Council districts.
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Rich Elliott for Maryland
3103 Courtside Road, Bowie MD 20721.
University of Baltimore
B.S. Government & Public Policy
Maryland for Bernie Sanders Chair
Coppin State University
B.A. Educational Studies
Former Educator, PGCPS
B.A. Business Administration & Management
UMBC, B.A. Political Science
Staffer, Senate Rules Committee
Legislative Aide, Maryland General Assembly
Hampton University, B.S. Biology
Founder & CEO, JI-Solutions LLC
Prince George's County Human Relations Commissioner
UMD B.A. Public Policy
School of Public Policy Alumni Board
Policy Analyst, Councilmember Monique Anderson-Walker
Bowie State University
Masters of Public Administration
Masters of Taxation
B.A. Environmental Studies
B.A. Educational Studies
Research Assistant, Denison Environmental Studies Department
Chair, Erie County Young Dems
Co-Founder, Green Students of Color Society & Green New Deal Coalition
Allegheny College, Class of 2021
B.A. Political Science/Education
President, Young People for Progress
B.A. Public Health
London School of Economics
Masters of Economics
B.A. Political Science
Call Time Manager,
Tedra Cobb for Congress