This OTYCD entry originally posted in December 2017.
Support Democrat Allison Galbraith, who’s running for a House of Representatives seat in Maryland’s 1st District in 2018.
Galbraith is a single mom and a small business owner who relies on the Affordable Care Act for her health insurance. Her work requires her to know how the federal government works (and fails to work), and it gives her insight into how it could run more cheaply and efficiently. She has firsthand experience with the frustrations of trying to obtain appropriate special education services for a child in the public school system. She understands the challenges of caregiving, having assisted her late mother with doctor’s appointments and the like.
Galbraith believes that health care is a right, not a privilege. She wants to expand Medicare and Medicaid while working toward universal health care. She wants to improve the economy through infrastructure improvements and projects such as broadband internet access for all. She wants to strengthen public schools and address the student debt crisis. She wants to overturn Citizens United and ensure that any law passed by Congress also applies to its members–no exemptions.
If Democratic voters choose Galbraith in the June 26, 2018 primary (she has three rivals), she will face off against Republican incumbent Andy Harris, who has held the House seat since 2010. She has her work cut out for her. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican, and as of December 2017, Harris had just over $1 million in cash-in-hand to Galbraith’s $15,500. If she runs a smart, sensitive campaign, she could unseat Harris.
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