(BALTIMORE – April 27, 2016) – I want to take an opportunity and give a lot of love to all of the people who ran for office yesterday – who put themselves out there, their families, and their friends. The operative term is “sacrifices.” It takes a lot, and if you have never done it, it is quite the experience to say the least. It requires a lot of effort in so many ways. I often liken campaigns to start-up entrepreneurial efforts: same concept. You are trying to effectively brand the marketplace with your candidate’s name. We learn so much in a campaign and every new election brings something different. Some sage wisdom: Whatever you do, please maintain your self-respect and be true to one’s self.
I also want to give much respect to the many volunteers who helped candidates in their respective races. Elections are a necessary part of running our government, and it takes a lot of people a lot of time, money and resources to successfully win any race. Truth is, it’s serious business and not for the faint at heart.
And, before I forget, let’s also give incredible kudos to the voters for showing up, despite the pundits who said we would not. As a voting advocate, nothing can warm my heart more. We have a responsibility to vote. Put simply, if you do not vote, do not complain.
Now, there’s another part to elections: doing the actual work. It is one thing to win a seat; it is quite another to do the job. Yesterday’s victors in Baltimore City are charged with writing legislation that is supposed to make life better for all.
On this – the one-year anniversary of the Freddie Gray Revolt, it is time to look forward. If you are a part of the solution, continue to do so and continue to support those who help also. If you are not a part of making a positive difference in our city, start with self. Real simple.
As we develop ourselves, our minds, our spirits – it can then spill over onto others.
We have a litany of challenges before us. The only prayer is that we keep God first in all we do.
Again, great job, Baltimore, on participating in the most important civic duty of the land: voting.
By the way, the General Election is November 8, 2016, 7 am until 8 pm.