Rod Hudson for Baltimore City Council District 7  


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                     Rod Hudson

Candidate for City Council for Baltimore City                                        District 7 

       Greetings! I count it an honor that you have visited Hudson for Baltimore City Council District 7 Website: "Working Together to Restore the Charm."   I want you to know how honored I am to have the opportunity to serve you.  I would like to share a few facts about my life that I believe are important for you to know about me.   I am  the son of the Rev. Dr. Earl Hudson and the late Reverend Rosie Marie Hudson of Dayton Ohio.  I enlisted in the United States Army (1992 -1998) and trained as an Airborne Paratrooper. I  earned the following: Sharp Shooter Badge, Good Conduct Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Gulf-War Service Medal, Airborne Paratrooper badge, and I was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. I am the father of  four Children; Christopher, Daniel, David, and Ayonia Hudson. I attended the College of Charleston (BA English), the Catholic University (Education), and the Virginia Union University (Mdiv Divinity).  My service to Baltimore began July 2007  to present during which time my role as an English Teacher at FDHS and faith leader at Ames UMC has given me the opportunity  to engage in: 100 community clean-ups; impact 300 people each week with weekly lunch/food giveaway; Assist 200 people each year with clothing, furniture, utility and eviction assistance; assist 1100 families with holiday Baskets; Impacted 1000 youth with coaching and funding co-ed basketball teams at Kelson and Pinderhughes Schools, provided scholarships for youth to attend weeklong summer and Youth Mission Trips to Cherokee NC, Appalachian Community of Hurley Virginia, Jacksonville Florida, West River Camp of Annapolis Maryland, Manidokian Camp of Knoxville Maryland, Rock Youth Retreats of Ocean City Maryland; participated in 40 ride alongs with BCPD, provided leadership for the 35k sqft $16 Million Resurrection Sandtown Project with partners Little Flowers, UMAR Boxing, and Boys and Girls Club. Rod is committed to serving the great people of the 7 th District. I  believe that when communities work together, we can reduce crime, improve education, and engage meaningful community development. 

Candidate Positions On the Issues

Should Baltimore City librarians and those who work for the Enoch Pratt Public Library System be granted the right to engage in collective bargaining? Should employees of the Baltimore Convention Center be granted the right to collective bargaining? If you are elected to office, will you work to expand collective bargaining rights to municipal employees who currently do not have that right?

Candidate Answer:  I believe that City Librarians, employees of the Baltimore Convention Center, and municipal employees should be granted the right to organize as unions and engage in collective bargaining.  It is certainly imperative that any municipal employee who at this time do not have this right be afforded that opportunity.  I will work hard on behalf of those whose voices are left out so that all will be treated fairly in terms of equity with salaries, working conditions, benefits, and other aspects of workers' compensation and rights for workers.

Defined Benefit versus Defined Contribution: The City of Baltimore has in the past discussed moving from a defined benefit to a defined contribution plan (401k) for its employees’ retirement. Do you support such a move? Why or why not?

Candidate Answer:

I do support the City of Baltimore's plans to move from defined benefit plans to defined contributions plan.  Although the defined benefit plan may seem attractive and more secure, it comes with some risk to employees.  Under the defined benefit plan, If employees change jobs, they can lose a significant portion of their investments. Furthermore, there have been cases when some employees did not work long enough to receive the full payout; consequently, receiving far less than anticipated.  It should be noted that in the Defined Benefit Plan, the investments made on the employees' account is managed by the employer, and although the employer guarantees to top off the plan during an economic crisis, the public sector has been known to cut the plans and changed them.  Moreover, when new administrations are elected, the priorities and promises made by the previous administrations are not always honored. However, in defined contribution plans, the benefits of the plan are managed by the employee, and as such, if the employee leaves the job, he or she still manages their plan without a major interruption or loss.  The employer contributes matching funds to the plan thus allowing the employee to have more control over their retirement.

 Retirement benefits for educators and city workers: Over the past few years, retired educators and employees of Baltimore City have had concerns that, just as the state did to its public workers, the city will discontinue the retiree prescription drug benefit and move all retirees to Medicare Part D for prescriptions. If elected to office, do you pledge to never vote to move retired educators and city employees to Medicare Part D for their prescription benefits? Uncompassionate 

Candidate Answer:The problem with Medicare Part D Prescriptions is that although you do choose from a large list of approved drug plans, they may not cover as much of all prescription drug plans as the retiree prescription drug benefit plan that city workers currently have today.  Medicare Part D program simply may not be comprehensive enough and may only add to the already high costs of getting the drugs that many of our retired public seniors need for medical reasons. I will never  move retired educators and city employees to medicare Part D.

Safe working conditions for city employees: This past year, a number of city employees have been severely injured—and in at least one case, killed—on the job. Whether it be Transportation Safety Officers merely directing traffic, DPW workers inspecting our water reclamation systems, or Department of Transportation officers needing to repair damaged roads—all employees deserve the right to work in safe conditions. Far too often, city workers feel the leadership of various city departments are either unaware of or completely ignore workplace safety protocols. If you are elected to office in Baltimore City, will you support a law requiring the various city departments to partner with Maryland Occupational Safety and Health to do a no-cost, wall-to-wall inspection of all city workplace facilities to help identify potential employee safety hazards?

Candidate Answer: If I am elected to office in Baltimore City, I will support a law requiring the various city departments to partner with Maryland Occupational Safety and Health to do a no-cost, wall-to-wall inspection of all city workplace facilities to help identify potential employee safety hazards.

What do you think are the three biggest problems facing Baltimore City public schools? If elected, how will you solve these problems?

Candidate Answer:

The Three  biggest problems that I see facing Baltimore City Public schools are delayed Facility Maintenance repairs and upgrades for Baltimore city school buildings, the need for increased 21st Century Technology in the classrooms and Curriculum Resources support for every child, and salary increases for every administrator, teacher and support staff member based on a pay scale that recognizes the uniqueness of Urban Education. To solve these problems, I would vote to fully fund the Baltimore City Public Schools and introduce bills that would support funding for the above-mentioned needs.  I would also urge the 100% funding of the Kiran  Commission findings for Baltimore City Public Schools. 

Appointments to the City School Board: Just recently, a law was passed that gave the mayor (but not the city council) more authority in choosing the members of the city’s school board. What role do you think the city council should play in this process? What should be the qualities Baltimore should prioritize in choosing a member of the city’s school board? Would you commit to only support a candidate for local school board with at least 3 years of classroom experience (as a teacher, or a teacher’s aide, for example) working in a public school system?

Candidate Answer:

Because of the uniqueness of Baltimore City Public School, experience in working in public education in Baltimore could be instrumental in untangling  the bureaucracy and  nepotism that has become all too common.  I would support choosing a schoolboard member with at least 3 years of classroom experience to serve on our school board.  I also believe that the City Council should have voice and vote on who serves on the school board.

In 2022, Baltimore City will finally be allowed to vote two additional members to the school board. Baltimore City is currently the only jurisdiction in the state whose entire School Board of Commissioners is appointed. In 2022 the board will expand from 10 to 12 seats, with the two additional seats being elected rather than appointed. Of the 23 other Maryland County School Boards, 19 are fully elected, and four are an appointed/elected hybrid, with only Wicomico County having more appointed than elected positions. If elected, would you support legislation transitioning Baltimore City to a fully elected or hybrid board with the majority of seats being elected? What is the optimal structure for Baltimore City’s School Board and why?

Candidate Answer:

I would support legislation transitioning Baltimore City Schools to a hybrid school board with the majority of seats being elected seats. This hybrid configuration of the School Board may allow communities to have a more prominent voice in the decision making that best represents the needs of their respected communities.   The School Board members should ultimately answer to the communities that they represent.   Too many of our schools with rich history and roots that run deep into our communities have been ignored.  School names that are connected to prominent figures of a particular community have changed without  input from the respective community.  A Hybrid School Board best serves the needs of Baltimore City Communities.

Student and staff safety: A number of recent, high-profile incidents of violence in our schools have drawn attention to questions of student discipline. Additionally, in surveys to families about reservations on enrolling their children in a BCPSS school, student safety is cited as their #1 concern. Generally, employees of the school system have questioned the current code of conduct as ineffective, whereby students are suspended from school only to return when the suspension is over with the same underlying issues. Are there any revisions to the code of conduct for student behavior that you feel should be considered?

Candidate Response:

I believe that there should be zero-tolerance for violence and bullying in the schools, and swift action should be taken when violent incidents happen that threaten Baltimore City Public Schools staff and/or students' safety.  Notwithstanding, employing restorative justice and engaging in restorative practices to help students succeed should also be the norm.   Striking a Baltimore City Public School staff member or Student should result in immediate action as violence in any form should not be part of the school climate or culture.  It should be noted that suspensions and expulsions of students could have at its root questions of equity especially after juxtaposing how males and females receive support based on gender and the support services received based on ethnicity in Baltimore City Schools.  However,  expelling students without first offering them support is equally unhelpful to the students and could send the wrong messages to our communities that have experienced injustices by public agencies throughout Baltimore.  Nevertheless, Students who are constantly and consistently disruptive and have zero regards for the student code of conduct might benefit most when administrators and teachers alike offer them the proper support which may include mental health and counseling before they are returned back into their classrooms.  Moreover, students who show repeated inappropriate and violent behaviors should be immediately referred for mental and student support services so that they can receive much-needed support.  Just returning chronically disruptive and violent students to the classroom without some referral for mental help or support services increases the chances of more violence in our schools and classrooms thereby putting the lives of children and teachers alike at risk.   I would support changes in the student code of conduct that would require evaluations for these kinds of students before they are returned to the classroom. 

 Baltimore’s population loss has contributed to enrollment declines in City Schools. Lower enrollment has also been caused by under-investment fueled by systemic racism that’s lowered the quality of City Schools’ programming. As part of the 21st Century Schools initiative, Baltimore was required to close a number of schools in order to qualify for renovation funds. School closures have also been triggered by low achievement, as part of the district’s portfolio approach to schools. These policies have resulted in a disproportionate number of vacant schools in black neighborhoods that are already under-resourced. If elected, what is your plan to utilize these potential community resources?

Candidate Answer:

School buildings rather vacant or occupied can be testaments to the deep history and legacy of how education has empowered our communities and students.  However, once a building has been decommissioned for service by the BCPS, it could be re-purposed to fit the needs of the community.  Some buildings could be deconstructed and the space utilized to provide much-needed housing and state of the art recreation centers while other spaces could be deconstructed and used to draw the attention of potential development that may provide jobs for the affected community.  Simply letting buildings sit and deteriorate may only serve as an eyesore for the community and may create opportunities for crime.

In Baltimore, as across the nation, school zones and neighborhood boundaries have historically served to limit access to high quality public schools. While Baltimore City Public Schools students in middle and high school are assigned to schools through a complicated “school choice” process, students in elementary schools are still largely assigned to schools based on enrollment zones. These zones were created over a generation ago, and in the years since, population shifts (notably large growth southeast Baltimore of the English Language Learner population, which required additional services and support) have resulted in several schools being overcrowded, while others are under-enrolled. Additionally, the school district’s Equity Policy requires it to examine its plans and practices to determine and address the ways they exacerbate racial and economic inequity. In order to meet the needs of Baltimore families, and move towards a more just and equitable school system, a comprehensive redistricting plan should be completed, involving the coordination of the Baltimore City Planning Department and Baltimore City Public Schools. However, changing neighborhood boundaries causes significant public backlash. If elected, would you support school redistricting and would you direct the Baltimore City Planning Department to partner with City Schools to create a comprehensive plan?

Candidate Response:

I am a firm believer that quality education should be available in every school irrespective of the neighborhood and the people who live therein.  I would support community buy-in and engagement before any plans of changing neighborhood boundaries are undertaken by any agency.

There are 50 public charter schools in the state of Maryland, the vast majority of which are in Baltimore City. Some charter school operators would like to weaken state law to make the teachers and staff at the charter employees of the charter non-profit board, not the school system. This would remove all protections that the teachers and staff have under the BTU collective bargaining agreement. Should charter school teachers and staff be considered employees of the charter school board or the city’s public school board?

Candidate Answer: 

Unlike private school teachers, Public Charter School educators are required to meet the same standards as any public school teacher in Maryland.  Moreover, they enjoy the option of being members of the Baltimore Teacher's Union. Given that some Public Charter Schools do not have the resources or financial support that traditional Public schools enjoy, making teachers employees of the public charter school board  might put these teachers and staff members at greater risk of being stripped of certain rights and benefits all in the name of cost savings for the public charter school.  For this reason, ensuring that these teachers and staff remain employees of their respective school boards is imperative to ensuring that they enjoy collective bargaining privileges and protections that come with being union members.  I would oppose any legislation that weaken state law to make the teachers and staff at the public charter schools employees of the charter non-profit board and not the school system.    

Should there be a cap on the number of charter schools in Baltimore City? Why or why not?

Candidate Answer:

I believe that there should be a cap on the number of Charter Schools in Baltimore City as Charter Schools drain resources from non-charter schools that could be utilized for student support.  Although I believe that some communities may require out of the box and innovated approaches to education that are commonly associated with charter schools, these innovations can also happen in our Public schools as well. 

BOOST/School Vouchers: Should the government give vouchers (either as a tax credit or even a tax rebate) to parents who want to send their children to a private school?

Candidate Answer:

Because Private schools are held to a different standard than their public school counterparts, educating students at private schools is much lower than educating students at public schools.  Private schools are not subject to hiring certified teachers and neither are they required to offer the same standardized tests to their students that public schools are mandated to offer.  The issues of equity are herein embedded in this discussion as private schools choose the students that they will educate while public schools educate indiscriminately. Students who may perform well in public schools and cost far less to educate are lured away from public education by the boost/school voucher.  For this reason, I do not support Boost/School Vouchers as these vouchers siphon resources from public schools. 

 Education funding: Some in Annapolis have argued that Baltimore City should be contributing more to its public school system than is currently budgeted. The city ranks among the worst in Maryland when it comes to the local contribution to its public school system; while on average a county in Maryland contributes roughly 36% of its annual operating budget to its local school system, in Baltimore, the city contributes only 14% of its budget to its schools. The Kirwan Commission is recommending the city increase its contribution by $300 million, more than doubling its current contribution.

Candidate Answer:

I would first seek the public input and host discussions about Kirwan so that we could have buy-in from all stakeholders.  I would organize a task force to help identify funding through Philanthropy  and/or the elimination of duplicated city positions and departments that exist both in Baltimore city government and in the Baltimore City Public Schools. I would petition the governor for additional support in reducing Baltimore's portion of funding Kirwan obligations.   

In every school district in Maryland the head of the school system is the Superintendent of public schools. However, in the two majority-minority school systems—Baltimore City and Prince George’s County—the head of the school system is instead titled the CEO of public schools. This title change, while subtle, has been significant: since the switch to a more corporate-based model with this title change, these two districts have seen a substantial portion of their schools become charters, and an overall explosion in the amount of standardized testing has followed. If elected to office, will you be in favor of returning the title of the head of our public school system to “Superintendent” so as to be identical with other school districts in Maryland? Why or why not?

Candidate Answer:

The Term CEO of Schools was first used in Chicago (1995) so that the new leader of the Chicago Public School system could have increased power and employ a more corporate approach to turn that school system around.  The title is now employed by PG County Public Schools and Baltimore City Public Schools.  The title of CEO has become more synonymous with failing school systems that need to turn around rather than failing school systems that have completed the turnaround.   Although the rationale for using the title CEO is noble,  there does not seem to be sufficient data to indicate that the title of CEO vs that of Superintendent of Schools have resulted in improved test scores.   If elected, I will be in favor of returning the title of the head of Baltimore City Public School System to “Superintendent.” 

 Privatization: Recently, CUB and AFT-Maryland worked with the City Council and Food and Water Watch to pass a city charter amendment that would prohibit our water from ever being privatized. Are there other resources that are owned by the city that you believe should never be privatized? When, if ever, do you feel it is appropriate to privatize public services or property?

Candidate Answer:

The Privatization of public services and properties should only be an option if it will serve the public good and align with clear goals that have buy in from the affected stakeholders. Those goals could include:  Improved risk management, quality improvements, timeliness, Accommodating Fluctuating Peak Demand, Access to Outside Expertise, Innovation, and   cost savings.  It should be noted that cost savings should not be the only goal considered  especially if saving cost will lead to lower quality services.  Some of the resources owned by the city that I believe should not be privatize is The Department of Corrections, Fire Department, Department of Human Services, Department of social services, department of public works, department of transportation, Baltimore City Department of Finance.  Although these agencies have various sections within the departments, outsourcing some sections within the departments may make the department more effective.  However, the entire department should not be outsourced. 

Development: In 2016, the city passed a multi-billion dollar re-development plan, supported by a $535 million TIF request to develop Port Covington. Opponents worried development projects such as these, funded through public tax revenues, will be used not to the betterment of all in the city, but instead to the betterment of wealthy elites, widening the gap between the haves and have-nots in Baltimore. Do you have a vision for development in Baltimore City that...

20(a) ...assures neighborhoods will contain equitable amounts of low-income and affordable housing?

Candidate Answer:

Some of the greatest assets in Baltimore communities are the faith community and non-profits that work tirelessly for the empowerment of their neighbors.   I believe that grassroots organizations that are already connected to the community and are partnering with one one another but do not have the capacity to engage funding for large scale housing developments should be identified, trained, and partnered with like organizations that do have capacity and experience to engage housing.  My plan would create a partnership between faith communities, University of Baltimore Faith Initiative for Community Development Course, the city government, foundations, and non-profits to offer wrap around services in conjunction with housing, recreation, employment, and mental health. I believe that these partnerships can make an invaluable impact not only in housing but in character education and with mentoring our youth.  

20(b) ...will help the city improve its financial contribution to its public school system?

Candidate Answer:

Expanding the tax base in Baltimore can be key to improving its financial contribution to the public schools.  The more businesses that move into our communities and employ our neighbors, and the more people that move into our communities and become homeowners contribute to expanding the city's  tax base.  Simply put, we must create the incentive that will make Baltimore attractive to manufactures, new residences, and other small business upstarts.  Moreover, Baltimore City needs to review its practices and have a complete audit of the city government to identify areas of inefficiency and duplication. Once those areas are identified, the savings can be redirected to the city schools. 

20(c) ...will be completed by workers who live in and around the Baltimore region, and follow prevailing wage standards and project-labor agreements?

Candidate Answer

I will support the policies that are already in place and expand them when necessary that mandate that workers who live in and around the Baltimore region be afforded the first privilege of employment when construction is happening in our communities.  Furthermore, we will ensure that construction companies follow prevailing wage standards and project-labor agreements.  We will demand that construction companies that don't agree to these standards will not have priority when bidding on contracts with the city. 

20(d) ...will contain businesses that must follow labor peace agreements?

Candidate Answer

Peace agreements between unions and Employers can be productive in protecting the employee.  My vision for development will include businesses that will be required to follow labor peace agreements. 

Affordable housing: Recently, CUB worked with legislators in Annapolis to pass legislation that would allow the city to grant low-income city employees a property tax credit on their homes. Affordable housing is a priority for city educators as well, as there are more homeless students in Baltimore city than there are total students in some county districts. What is your plan to increase accessibility to quality, stable housing in Baltimore city?

Candidate Answer:

Some  of the greatest assets in Baltimore communities are the faith community and non-profits that work tirelessly for the empowerment of their neighbors.   I believe that grassroots organizations that are already connected to the community and are partnering with one one another but do not have the capacity to engage funding for large scale housing developments should be identified, trained, and partnered with like organizations that do have capacity and experience to engage housing.  My plan would create a partnership between faith communities, University of Baltimore Faith Initiative for Community Development Course, the city government, foundations, and non-profits to offer wrap around services in conjunction with housing, recreation, employment, and mental health. I believe that these partnerships can make an invaluable impact not only in housing but in character education and with mentoring our youth.  

Crime: Do improved education and expanded city services play significant roles in your plan to reduce crime in Baltimore city? If so, how?

Candidate Answer:

To reduce crime in Baltimore City, my plan addresses homelessness, conflict resolution, addictions, employment, education, mental health, and youth recreation.  Simply putting more police officers to walk the streets will not reduce crime, but we must also address the aforementioned factors that contribute to violence.

In the 2019 Legislative session, the state passed a minimum wage law that excluded tipped workers and did not link the minimum wage to inflation. In addition, the state’s minimum wage won’t reach $15 per hour until 2025. Would you be in favor of Baltimore City linking the minimum wage to inflation, and removing the exclusion for tipped workers? Would you be in favor of removing the delay and closing these loopholes in raising the minimum wage?

Candidate  Answer: I would be in favor of linking the minimum wage to inflation and removing the exclusion for tipped workers.  I would also be in favor of removing the delay and closing these loopholes in raising the minimum wage.

Good Government

 

Do you commit to meeting with advocates before introducing, supporting or amending a bill on an issue that concerns them? What mechanisms will you use to provide transparency in your office?
Candidate Answer:

I will commit to meeting with advocates before introducing, supporting or amending a bill on an issue.  I will commit to sending monthly news letters for transparency, I will meet with stakeholders and work collaboratively to ensure that community is part of the process, I will create a district website with updated infor on all areas of the district.  I will meet with stakeholders quarterly.  I will update advocates via social media and telephonic calls.

 In November 2018 75% of voters approved an amendment to the City Charter that authorizes establishment of a Fair Election Fund, to provide a public financing option for political campaigns for Baltimore City elected offices. The City Council has passed legislation to implement the charter amendment. Will you support enough budget funding to implement the public financing option?

Candidate Answer:
I will support budget funding to implement the public financing option as this option offers an equal playing field for candidates who do not have the backing of large corporations and lobbyists. 

 City residents continue to suffer from high rates of lead poisoning, which leads to serious reading disabilities and violent behavior among children. Will you support council action to protect our children and create a healthier, more affordable housing stock free of lead paint? Likewise, will you support council action to examine the safety of Baltimore’s drinking water supply and delivery system?

Candidate Answer:

 As an educator in the Baltimore City Public Schools, I see first hand the devastation of lead poisoning.  I contend that responsible legislation that protect our environment and human life,

 Sewage overflows and stormwater runoff pollute Baltimore Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay, and the City’s efforts to reduce them include stormwater fees, sewer repairs, and major upgrades to the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Will you support additional funding, transparency, and acceleration of these efforts? Will you encourage DPW to prioritize repairs aimed at preventing backups into people’s homes, and provide better assistance to residents with this problem?

Candidate Answer
Special care must be given to the infrastructure of our Wastewater Treatment Plants and other DPW repairs.  Ignoring these maintenance issues increase the likely hood of health issues and damage to our planet.  I will support additional funding, transparency, and the acceleration of efforts and funds to reduce the pollution to the Baltimore Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. 
 

 

What kind of priority would you place on increasing the use of "green" stormwater infrastructure for addressing Baltimore's stormwater management, nuisance flooding, and community greening needs? Where do you believe the city should focus its resources on complying with the 2017 Modified Sewer Consent Decree after the "Headworks Project" is completed in late 2020?

Candidate Answer

Despite current efforts, unfortunately, Baltimore’s harbor is still impaired from bacteria and trash. What specific actions would you take to help speed up the reduction of these bacteria and trash pollution?  My first priority would be to engage in those professionals that specialize in the use of green stormwater infrastructure.  Safeguarding our environment must be one of the top priorities and to ignore the importance of green infrastructure compromise in my view the entire project especially if our purpose is to put a halt to widespread pollution.  I believe that we should immediately focus our attention on a speedy clean up of Baltimore Harbor in conjunction with Headworks project. 

 Baltimore City is responsible for managing municipal solid waste. Zero Waste is a set of principles, focused on waste prevention and diversion, with the ultimate goal of no trash being sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. Do you support zero waste principles for Baltimore City? What actions would you support or propose to reduce waste and litter on our streets and in our waterways? How would you finance these programs? How would you address the needs of low-income and elderly Baltimore City residents? How would you work to expand composting and recycling in all areas of the City?

Candidate Answer

I am in full support of reducing, reusing, recycling, and redesigning as much waste as possible. I believe that supporting bills that eliminate the use of plastic and other non-recyclable products that are sold throughout Baltimore and Maryland should be a priority.  Some of these programs could be financed through the recycling and reusing savings that could come from these products once they are repurposed. 

 A great city needs a great transportation system, including rail, bus, bike lanes and improved pedestrian safety.  People without a car in Baltimore City can only access 9% of jobs in the metropolitan area. Do you support increased transit investments in Baltimore? What is your vision of a great transit system for Baltimore and what will you do to help make this vision a reality? How can you make Baltimore safer for pedestrians and bicyclists?

Candidate Answer:

 The transportation system in Baltimore must be seen from a lens of equitability as many of Baltimore residence are pedestrians and/or Bicyclists and are unable to travel long distances to where jobs are located in the county.  Our transit system must expand so that Baltimore city residents who depend on public transportation can travel to their various work locations, houses of worship, and family homes.  My vision of a great transit system is one that is efficient, customer-friendly, safe, and provide transportation to hard to reach areas where many are uninvited to visit.  Indeed, our roadways for a large part are unfriendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. I would support legislation that provide construction and safer roadways for more bicycle lanes, bus lanes. pedestrian walkways, and green space around the city.   

 Many of Baltimore’s economically disadvantaged areas are subject to the hazards of environmentally harmful industries and facilities located in their communities. Air pollution from these sites impacts health and can cause asthma. According to Baltimore City Department of Health, the City’s children under 18 have an asthma rate twice the national average. What will you do to ensure that all neighborhoods receive protection when projects or developments that would introduce additional sources of pollution are proposed?

Candidate Answer:

I will oppose development that increases the health risk to our environment and our citizens. 

  For years, South Baltimore communities have asked for the closure of the Wheelabrator Baltimore waste-to-energy incinerator – the single biggest point source of air pollution in the city. Do you favor closure of the incinerator??

Candidate Answer:
For nearly 30 years, the Wheelabrator has polluted Baltimore City with toxic pollution in the name of turning “trash into energy.”  Hundreds if not thousands of South Baltimore residents suffer with respiratory challenges that are made more complicated by the high toxicity that drifts from the Wheelabrator.  I oppose its use and would search for more safer and healthier ways to dispose of our waste.

 Baltimore has been a leader in local government sustainability, and The 2019 Baltimore Sustainability Plan was adopted by the City Council and Mayor last spring. Will you provide full support, including funding, for the efforts of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and the Commission on Sustainability?

Candidate Answer:

The office of Sustainability has the mandate to improve the lives of Baltimorians by focusing on key indicators.  These indicators must be viewed from an equity perspective that is transparent and inclusive of the marginalized and often times oppressed of our society.  Improving the lives of all Baltimorians is the goal by being conscious of our planet, our health, environment, communities, work place, and families.  I support the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and its findings.

 TreeBaltimore is a mayoral initiative with nonprofit organization partners that aims to increase the urban tree canopy through the establishment, management and preservation of trees, and to reach a goal of 40% tree canopy cover by 2037. Do you support continuation or expansion of this initiative?

Candidate Answer: 

Trees are important to our environment and to the health of our planet.  For too long, we have ignored our environment and allowed major corporations damage the health of our planet by unnecessary drilling, and the cutting down of trees.  I would continue the support of treebaltimore and support legislation that expand its outreach in Baltimore.

 Will you plan to promote and attract environmentally-oriented economic development, including jobs in green industries and technologies, and environmental jobs for young people?  How?

Candidate Answer   

Yes

I believe that the promotion of environmentally-oriented economic development is essential for the redevelopment of many of our Baltimore communities.  Although this kind of development can be costly, preserving our planet while meeting the economic needs of our community should be the standard by which we achieve.

  Over 150 U.S. cities have declared themselves “Ready for 100%” clean renewable energy. Will you work to add Baltimore to the list?

Candidate Answer:

Explain  In recent years, Baltimore politicians have compromised the health of our citizens and environment to secure developers to build new developments of hopes of securing jobs and increasing the tax base of our city.  The problem is that our planet suffers and the health of our citizens is put at risk all because other options that are less harmful to our environment may not be considered. 

 Employee Owned businesses tend to be greener and more equitable than traditional businesses. In addition, they anchor revenues and higher-paying jobs in the city and state. Will you take action to promote employee ownership in Baltimore City and throughout Maryland?

Candidate Answer:
I am a firm believer in supporting grassroots entrepreneurs through tax cuts for green businesses and small business loans for entrepreneurs who prove that their business plans take into consideration the challenges of our environment. 




Serving the Youth of the 7th as a basketball Coach of the Sharks, Sandtown and Ashburton Youth

Advocating for Education Reform in the 7th

Caring for our Seniors in the 7th District

Standing Up for Justice and Peace in the 7th During the Freddie Gray Uprising

Shielding Toya Graham during the Freddie Gray Uprising

Marching with my Son, David Hudson,  Kinj Scott, and Sandtown Residents to stop the violence in the 7th District

Scientist, Inventor, Oil Explorer, and childhood friend Conrad Allen traveled from Saudia Arabia with his family to serve in Sandtown and learn about Baltimore .  

OUR COMMUNITY WORK


Our work with Our Faith Community Youth 

Our faith community partnered with Glen Mar Church of Ellicott City to serve the people of the Appalachian Community of Hurley.

Partnerships Serving in Sandtown

Our Faith Community engaged in beautifying our community through partnerships of our sister church. 

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