Spring Into Civic Action: Your Maryland Civic Engagement Guide for 2024

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This Spring, there are many ways to engage civically in Maryland. From registering to vote to getting involved with organizations leading on issues you care about. Our spring civic engagement guide offers equity-minded leaders like you the resources to elevate your leadership and take action. 

Register to Vote 

Is your voter registration out-of-date? Maybe you’ve moved since the last election. In Maryland, the last day to make changes online or change your political party was April 23, 2024. However, if you’ve missed this deadline, don’t worry—you can still register the same day you vote at your local polling place.

Find your local polling place here

Volunteer for organizations aligned with your values

If you see things in your community that are in sync with your personal values, you can donate your time to amplify equity-centered community work. Even more, if you’re interested in policy or advocacy work, getting involved with a local organization is a great way to understand policy issues in context.

Below are just some community-based organizations headed by LEE members who are leading on the ground on important issues of equity in our communities. If you’re interested in plugging into any of these groups, let’s chat so I facilitate an introduction

Arts Education in Maryland Schools

Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) is a 501(c)(3) Maryland Non-Profit Organization committed to ensuring that all students in the state of Maryland have access to high-quality arts education by mobilizing power to communities through advocacy, professional and leadership programs, and resource building.

Strong Schools Maryland

Strong Schools Maryland works with supporters across the state to monitor the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, advocates for legislative and regulatory policy changes to further educational equity, and builds the technical capacity of everyday Marylanders to hold state and local officials accountable 

Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools

The Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools is a non-partisan group that serves as a voice for charter school communities so they can advocate for equitable and transparent conditions for public charter schools, offer support to new and existing public charter schools; and drive the discussion around innovative educational practices that lead to positive outcomes for students.

Maryland Child Alliance: Baltimore Baby Bonus Campaign

A group of equity-focused educators in Baltimore, led by LEE members Julia Ellis, Nate Golden, and Emily Yu recently launched a charter amendment campaign to allow for a direct, one-time, universal cash payments to new parents in Baltimore City. The Baltimore Baby Bonus campaign is a project of the Maryland Child Alliance whose mission is to reduce and eventually eliminate child poverty across the state. 

Get to know who’s running for office in your community

You can learn more about each candidate running in Maryland races using LEE Maryland’s Candidate Directory to quickly access candidates running across the state. Each listing includes candidate websites and social media handles, so you can learn more about each leader’s platform. 

We encourage you to assess each candidate critically. Do their values align with your worldview? Are they planning to lead with equity in mind? If so, we encourage you to get involved with those campaigns, contributing your time, talent or treasure. Volunteer to cover a candidate poll on election day, donate your professional expertise in kind, or contribute financially to the candidate’s campaign. 

If you’d like to talk more about mobilizing around organizations, issues and candidates you believe in, let’s schedule some time to talk.  I’m here to support your leadership!

Anne Arundel County School Board

Anne Arundel County Board of Education Candidates

District 1
Gloria D. Dent(no website or social)
Ciera M. Harleehttp://votecieraharlee.com/
Sarah F Lacey(campaign suspended)
Hunter J. VossHunter Voss for Board of Education
District 2
Robert Silkworthrobertasilkworth.com
District 3
Jamie Hurman-CougnetJamie Hurman-Cougnet for Board of Education
Julia LawsJulia Laws for Board of Education
Erica McFarlandEricamcfarland.com
Chuck Yocumchuckyocum4boe.com
District 4
Sarah Mc Dermottsarahforaacps.com
Stephanie MutchlerStephanie Mutchler for Board of Education
Juan Carlos Villaohttps://sites.google.com/view/votevillao
District 5
Tareque FarrukFarruk4BOE
LaToya NkongoloLatoya4BOE
Dana SchallheimDana4BOED5
District 6
Edilene BarrosEdeline Barros for School Board
Joanna Bache TobinJBTforboe2020.com
District 7
Dawn PulliamDawn Pulliam 4 BOE
Jeremy Yorkhttp://voteyork.org/
Baltimore Citywide 

Baltimore Citywide Candidates

Shiela Dixonshieladixonforbaltimore.com
Yolanda Pulleypulley4mayor.com
Brandon Scottbrandonforbaltimore.com
Thiru Vignarajahthiruformayor.com
Robert ‘Bob’ Wallacewallaceforbaltimore.com
Shannon Wright
Council President
Zeke Cohenelectzekecohen.com
Nick Mosbyimwithnick.com
Shannon Sneedshannonsneed4baltimore.com
Bill Henrybillhenry.com
Baltimore City Council

Baltimore City Council Candidates

District 1
Liam Davisvoteliamdavis.com
Joe Koehlerjoekoehler.com
Mark Parkermarkparker.cc
District 2
Danielle McCrayvotemccray.com
District 3
Margo Bruner-Settlesvotemargobrunersettles.com
Marques Denthttp://marquesdent.com/
Ryan Dorseyelectryandorsey.com
District 4
Mark Conwayconway4baltimore.com
District 5
Marvin M. Briscoe
Issac ‘Yitzy’ Schleifer (i)voteschleifer.com
District 6
Robyn A, Christiancitizenstoelectchristian.com
Steven T. Johnsonsteventjohnson6th.com
Sharon Green Middleton (i)
District 7
Christopher Anderson
Kelli Bigelow
James Torrencejamestorrence.com
Tori Rose
District 8
Bilal Ali
Paris Grayparisgrayd8.com
Joyous Jones
District 9
John ‘Doc’ Bullockbullockforcouncil.com
Sonia G. Eaddy
Venroy July
District 10
Richard Parkerilikeparker.com
Phylicia Porter
District 11
Zac Blanchardhttp://blanchardforbaltimore.com/
Eric Costello (i)costelloforbaltimore.com
District 12
Jermaine Jonesjermaineajones.com
Robert Stokes
District 13
Antonio “Tony” Glover (i)antonioglover.com
District 14
Odette Ramoshttp://odetteramos.com/
Frederick County School Board

Frederick County Board of Education Candidates

Mahesh Aithahttps://maheshaitha.org/
Jerry N. Alexandratoswww.jerryalexandratos.com
Colt Morningstar Blackwww.coltblack.com
Josh Bokeewww.joshbokee.org
Jaime Kiersten Brennanjb4boe.com
Paul FairfieldPaulforboe.info
Veronica D. Lowe
Tabitha McLoughlinFriendsofTabithaMcLoughlin.com
Allison Medranowww.allisonmedrano.com
Janie Monierwww.janiemonier.org
Cecelia Moore Reidlerceliareidler.com
Rayna Remondiniwww.raynaremondini.com
Navian Scarlettnavianscarlett4frederick.com
Justin L. Smithwww.parentsforfrederick.org
Angie Vigliottivotevig.com
Chad King Wilson Sr.
Patti Lee Worsley
Chris Charuhaswww.ccforboe.com
Howard County School Board

Howard County Board of Education Candidates

District 1
Andre GaoAndreforHCBOE
Pravin Ponnuriwww.pravinponnuri.com
Meg Rickswww.megricksforboe.com
District 2
Larry Doylehttps://www.linkedin.com/larryowilkinsdoyle
Antonia Wattswww.antoniawatts.com
District 3
Jolene Mosley(no website or social)
District 4
Hiruy Hadguhttps://www.hiruyhadgu.com/
Julie KaplanJulie Kaplan for BOE District 4
Jen Mellovotejenmallo.com
District 5
Catherine Carterhttp://www.carter4schoolboard.com
Andrea Chambleeandreachamblee.com
Trent Kittlemanwww.trentkittleman.com
Montgomery County School Board

Montgomery County Board of Education Candidates

Board of Education at Large
Lynne Harrishttps://www.lynne4students.org/
Sharif Hidayathttps://votesharif.com/
Melissa Kimmelissaformontgomery.com
Jonathan Long(no website or social)
Fitzgerald Moforhttps://friends-and-family-of-fitzgerald-mofor.jimdosite.com/
Rita Montoyawww.Montoya4mcps.com
District 2
Brenda M.Diazhttps://diazforboe.com/
Ricky Fai Muiwww.RickyFMui.com
Rebecca Keller SmondrowskiRebeccaOnBoard
Aby Thioyehttps://www.aby4mcps.com/
Natalie Zimmermanhttps://www.zimmermanforboe.com/
District 4
Shebra Evanswww.voteshebraevans.com
Bethany S. Mandelwww.Bethany4BOE.com
Laura M. Stewartlaurastewart.org
Prince George’s County School Board

Prince George’s County Board of Education Candidates

District 1
Tiffini L. AndorfulDr. Tiffini Andorful for PGCPS Board of Education
Donna S. Barriteauhttps://www.barriteauforschoolboard.com/
Maria R. Gonzaleswww.mariagonzalesjackson.com
David H. Murraywww.davidhmurray.com
District 4
Shayla Adams Staffordhttp://facebook.com/shaylaadams-staffordforboardofeducation
District 5
Robin Brownwww.robinbrown4pgcps.com
Kim Carter(no website or social)
Iyamide Housewww.houseforschoolboard.com
Zipporah Millerwww.zipporahmiller.com
District 7
Kenneth F. Harriswww.kennethfharris.com
Henrietta Maria Holidaywww.hh4pg.org
Phelton C. Mosshttps://www.votepheltonmoss.com/
District 8
Madeline L. FrazierMadeline LaSalle Frazier District 8 PGC Public School Board Member
Zakyia Goins-McCantsZakyiaForPGCPS.com
Angela R. JonesAngela R. Jones
Celeste Perilla

If you’d like to talk more about mobilizing around organizations, issues and candidates you believe in, let’s schedule some time to talk. I’m here to amplify your leadership!

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