PHILADELPHIA – Marylanders, and Prince Georgians in particular, were front and center at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, where for the first time in history, a major party nominated a woman for President of the United States. The actual nomination was made on July 26 by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is […]
PHILADELPHIA – Marylanders, and Prince Georgians in particular, were front and center at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, where for the first time in history, a major party nominated a woman for President of the United States.
The actual nomination was made on July 26 by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring this year after being the longest-serving woman in the Senate and the first woman to be elected to the body in her own right. She said in her speech those who break barriers, like herself and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, don’t do it for themselves, but for others.
“Many of you have broken barriers. You were the first to go to college, you were the first to start a business, maybe the first to be a citizen,” she said. “But you know, you broke a barrier, you didn’t do it for yourself. You did it so others would not have barriers but only opportunities. That’s what Hillary wants to do.”
Another Congressman from Maryland, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5) served as the convention’s parliamentarian. The Prince George’s County representative also supported Clinton. He highlighted differences between his party and the Republicans.
“The Republican party has said to all of them you’re on your own. But we say, you’re not on your own. We’re in this together. Hillary Clinton and (nominee for vice president) Tim Kaine, and Democrats in Congress, will always be on your side. On your side because we believe that we are stronger together. And we are running together to renew faith in government and help all our people make it in America,” Hoyer said.
Other Prince Georgians held prominent roles at the convention as well. County Executive Rushern Baker, III was host of the Maryland Day celebration on July 27. He bused local supporters to join in the festivities, which included a luncheon with former Attorney General Eric Holder as the keynote speaker.
In Baker’s own remarks, he said the Democratic Party is for working-class people.
“We Democrats have not lost our way. We still understand that giving back and helping is a priority of this great nation,” he said. “It is us as a party, whether in Maryland or throughout the nation, that puts on the front burner our middle class, that makes sure that we have a level playing field for everyone. It is us as a party that builds the type of America that continues to fight for everyday working men and women.”
Baker also said the party should be proud of what it has accomplished under President Barack Obama.
“We as a state and a party need to stand on our record. We need to stand on our record and we need to be damn proud of the work that we have done over the last eight years under the Obama administration and in the state of Maryland,” he said.
State-level leaders including state Sen. Carolyn J. B. Howard, Dels. Erek Barron and Jay Walker and former delegate Aisha Braveboy were selected by voters as official voting delegates to the convention.
So was county Councilman Mel Franklin, who was a staunch Clinton supporter from the beginning. He said it felt great to cast his vote for her as a delegate.
“I’m honored to be a delegate for the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton,” Franklin said during one of his daily video updates shared via Twitter. “We are all fired up and ready to go. We are all excited to be a part of this history.”