LWV Baltimore County commends the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City who has recently donated 100 years of records to the University of Baltimore Special Collections & Archives. They have created a wonderful digital exhibit and are co-sponsoring the anniversary party on February 14 from 3:30-6:00 p.m., in the Robert L. Bogomoly Library, Room 412.
You may preview the exhibit at https://ubarchives.omeka.net/exhibits/show/legacy-of-suffrage/about-the-exhibit
Open Forum (Town Hall Meeting)
Saturday, February 1, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For all candidates running to replace Elijah Cummings in the February 4 Special Primary-Congressional District 7 Election
Location: Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Avenue, Liberty Heights Avenue, Liberty Heights Avenue and Dennlyn Road (side entrance)
All candidates will be given the opportunity to speak for at least 5 minutes to share their vision and platform principles for the 7th Congressional District and respond to questions from the audience.
Heritage United Church of Christ, Reverend Scott H. Adams, Pastor
Ashburton Neighborhood Association, John Crew Jr. President
League of Women Voters of Baltimore City, Nancy Lawler and Flo Valentine, Co-Presidents
January 21, 2020
On February 4, 2020, a Special Primary Election in the 7th Congressional District will be held to begin filling the seat left vacant by the death of long-time Congressman Elijah Cummings. That term will end January 3, 2021.
The League of Women Voters invited each of the 32 candidates to respond to questions on issues of importance to voters. Click here to read their answers in a pdf of our printed Voters’ Guide or read them online at www.VOTE411.org.
The Republican and Democratic winners of the Special Primary in the 7th District will go on to the Special General Election on April 28, 2020, the same day as the Presidential Primary Election.
December 27, 2019
LWV Baltimore County is a proud advocate for quality education in Baltimore County. We were instrumental in the research and implementation of a bifurcated Board of Education. Currently there is need for a vacant at-large seat. The below post is from Baltimore County Schools.
Applications available January 2 for one at-large Baltimore County school board seat
- Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – 6 to 9:30 p.m.
- Monday, February 24, 2020 – 6 to 9:30 p.m.
ADVOCACY Opportunity: Our League supports the HOME Act, introduced by County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. on October 7th
This is an opportunity for League members to advocate for legislative change benefitting our community – at your convenience from the comfort of your own home. The League has a longstanding position supporting equal opportunities and access to housing, employment and education. Our members have voted to make the HOME Act a priority issue.
On October 7th, County Executive Olszewski introduced a bill that would add “source of income” to the current Baltimore County Fair Housing Law, making it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income. Our League, along with many other community organizations, supports the HOME Act, and we will continue to advocate on its behalf by submitting testimony in favor of its passage at the October 29th County Council work session.
The HOME Act (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) addresses a difficulty that some county residents face – being turned away from rental housing solely because of the source of their income. This legislation will open housing opportunities throughout the county by giving all residents – including those with Housing Choice Vouchers – a fair chance to have their rental applications considered. It would not prevent landlords from verifying applicants’ incomes or checking their rental histories. For working families, it would reduce the time it now takes to find housing and make it easier to move closer to work.
LWV Baltimore County urges Baltimore County to join Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties as well as Baltimore City to pass legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income, just as it is illegal to discriminate based on race, sex or religion.
Here is how you, as an individual, can advocate on this important issue.
- Read the Baltimore Sun Article https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-voucher-folo-20191007-ytsu656yajgrfp7hsfepitazdq-story.html
- Read and pass along the County Executive’s HOME Act Fact Sheet
- Contact your councilperson before the November 4th vote on the bill and urge him/her to support the HOME Act. (Councilman Julian Jones and Councilman Izzy Patoka are in favor of the bill. They also need your support.)