Kevin Walling for State Delegate (District 16)

Who am I?

As a candidate for the Maryland General Assembly, I am running to advance a progressive vision for Montgomery County and the Free State, working to ensure our schools are well funded and more inclusive, protecting our environment through smarter growth and sustainable policies and advancing progressive legislation that further enshrines the rights of women, working Americans, and the LGBT community in state law.

As part of the leadership team at Equality Maryland, I worked for years to pass marriage equality and gender protections. In helping create the state’s first Equality PAC, I crisscrossed Maryland working to elect pro-equality legislators to Annapolis, culminating in the passage of marriage equality legislation in 2012.

After building a reputation for results on the state level, I brought that same passion on issues facing everyday Americans to the national level – serving as the National Field Director for No Labels. A committed Democrat, I helped foster relationships across party lines between Members of Congress in order to advance common sense legislative solutions including immigration reform and sensible gun control.

Presently, I serve as a strategist to Democratic campaigns and organizations, state parties and unions; working to elect more Democrats and pass progressive legislation that seeks to make our Nation more just, equal, and fair. These are the ideals that drive my desire to serve in public office as a member of the House of Delegates.

Why am I running?

Marylanders are looking for the next generation of progressive leaders to build on our victories in advancing civil rights, to continue economic development and growth, and to ensure the environment is protected.

District 16 is home to the top public schools in the Nation, our country’s leading health research and development agencies, and a community that cares deeply about our high quality of life.

As someone who has worked to advance legislation in Annapolis, built winning coalitions, and mobilized grassroots activists, I believe I am uniquely qualified to advance the fight for a progressive agenda in District 16 and our state.

I have always had a passion for politics because I believe an open-minded exchange of ideas and a willingness to join forces for the greater good will generate positive results.

My Goals

Transgender Equality: One of my top legislative priorities is passing the Fairness for All Marylanders Act (SB499 in 2013) which would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity with regard to public accommodations, housing, and employment. Transgender Marylanders should not have to live with the fear of being fired from their job or thrown out of their home and it's critically important that we right this wrong in state law. 17 states and the District of Columbia offer these protections and Maryland needs to be the 18th state.

Climate Change: The climate situation could not be more dire, but fortunately we have had an environmental champion in Governor O'Malley, who recently announced a set of over 150 policy prescriptions to tackle carbon emissions. The Governor's plan will phase in new standards that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Additionally, the plan calls for adding 43,000 acres of forest by 2020 and putting into place new energy efficiency programs to reduce per capita electricity consumption by residents by 15 percent by 2015. I fully support the Governor's plan and will be a strong voice in Annapolis for fully implementing and expanding upon these recommendations.

Education: There are no easy solutions to reversing the achievement gap, but one thing is clear: we need to focus on raising student achievement across the board. Where a family makes a home in our county should not determine their children’s future potential. In my estimation, shuffling students around the county is not a viable solution. Rather, we should focus on individualized curriculum, reprioritizing funding and resources, and providing teachers with necessary training and professional development they need to be successful in the classroom. I also applaud the current administration’s focus on our student’s social and emotional well-being. In order for all students to be successful regardless of race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity, they must feel valued, respected, and cared for. We must ensure that students feel intrinsically motivated to meet the high expectations placed on them in our community.

My DFA Values

Community, Security, Liberty.

These are the key values of the DFA community and are close to my heart as I embark on this campaign. I have seen first hand what is possible when we bring together progressive coalitions in Annapolis when we successfully passed marriage equality in the Free State.

But we cannot rest on our laurels. Only when all Marylanders are able to enjoy the fruits of liberty and equal justice, can we truly be free as a society. From the Dream Act, to abolishing the Death Penalty, to passing marriage equality and saving the Chesapeake Bay - we can tackle bold and progressive policies and win in Maryland.

My Campaign is People Powered!

At the heart of our campaign is a grassroots movement. To date, we've registered over 100 volunteers to knock on doors, make phone calls and rally support behind our campaign.

Building on the network of LGBT equality supporters I signed up around the state, I will create a truly 'people powered' movement to put our campaign over the finish line come next June and eventually next November.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Mike Hernandez
  • John Kyle
  • Jason Laney, DC
  • Richard Pezzillo
  • Philip Scranage
  • Rachel Garcia
  • Brian Grim
  • Matt Thorn, MD
  • Christopher Semenas, WI
  • Alan Hyman, MD
...and 111 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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