Iím running for US Congress because I am disturbed by the low level of trust in our government, only a 14% approval rate. Iím sick of the negativity, the gridlock, the inability to work across the aisle with members of the other party or ideologically within the party. I know
We Can Do Better. I know that I can offer my experience in dealing with people to solve problems, to reach compromises, to look for solutions. I can be a help. I also know it will take outsiders to accomplish this, and Iím not a politician nor a lawyer nor a wealthy business man, nor a celebrity. I want to be "an instrument of peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; were
there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair; hope, where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy."
The people of our district and our nation deserve better from their representatives and I want to provide my people skills and experience to bring a fresh perspective to government. I truly believe in what Abraham Lincoln met by "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people by the people, for the people, shall not perish
from this earth."
I pledge to use the compassion and determination of my experience to make a difference. John Wesleyís advice to all of us is worth following. "Do all the good you can, By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can".
I need your help to accomplish this. Wonít you join with me, and We Can Do Better, together.
I hope that gives you something of an introduction and short enough you can use it.
Life Story Details
- Born 1951 Baltimore, Maryland
- Lived In the Congo/Zaire with missionary parents & Brussels, Belgium
- Graduated from Woodward HS in North Bethesda
- Graduated from Mc Daniel College, Westminster MD BA in Sociology
- Graduated from Emory University Candler School of Theology Master of Divinity
- Pastor for 38 years: Churches in Carroll County, Baltimore City & County, Montgomery County & University of Maryland
- Divorced & Remarried, Elaine is a property manager, two sons and a grandson
Good listener, problem solver, visionary, see the bigger picture, As a pastor Iíve been with people in every situation we can experience. I understand and always tried to make the situation better. That will motivate me in Congress to find ways to help all those situations because I am aware of what that means. Avid reader in cultures, history, trends, leadership, innovation.
- Community Service Participation
- Boy Scouts: Scout & Adult Assistant Scoutmaster
- Summer camp counselor
- Soccer Coach
- PTA President
- President Epworth Federal Credit Union
- Board of Directors Market USA Credit Union
- Action in Maturity President (Senior Citizens)
- Ecumenical Clergy Associations
- Lions Club
- HWR United Ministries
- Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteers in Mission: Rehabbing houses, apartment complexes, digging trenches for water in Appalachia.
We need the insights and wisdom of an outsider to help with moving past the gridlock in congress, we need common sense for the common good.
We need someone who understands the outer edges and various sides, but can work & compromise and come up with a solution that works, someone who understands the value of a good foundation.
Why should you vote for me? We Can Do Better
You should vote for me, because you will know you have someone that cares about your situation and challenges from one who has witnessed or been a part of most of what we go through.
You should vote for me because Iím a career servant of the people, one who always wanted whatís best for everyone. I have a deep faith that leads to seeing the bigger picture and Iím not willing to be cut off from others who donít agree, but try to find good common ground between us that we can build a better future on.
Views on Major Issues
We need each other, and no "one size fits everyone" is possible
I believe all life is worth helping it grow and succeed.
I believe in America and a great nation and one that should be getting the best we can offer. Great, Great grandfather was a congressman who designed our flag as we know it today. Modified the one stripe and one star for each new state, to 13 stripes & a new star.
I believe individual rights are important and worth having as the Constitution guarantees. But with those rights comes responsibility, and we need to figure the best way to strengthen responsibilities in order to keep the rights working.
We are all immigrants. The Native Americans came from somewhere else too, across the land-bridge that connected Alaska to Russia 450,000 years ago.
I believe that a blending of skills, abilities, experiences benefits all of us better that just one, Immigration brings us the best from other nations and gives us a chance to be better for it. It comes with a very strong desire to be in our country, future loyal citizens.
Some kind of health plan is needed, because without our health, we canít work, or live the way we want, we canít raise healthy children, healthy children do better in school, to be able to have the best chance they can have.
I believe sacrifices make us a better people. When we are willing to see another person get better because we held back some of our demands, we are going to be a great nation.
We should be able to "do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can." John Wesley advice for daily living.