47 ABC catches up with MD Senate District 38 candidates at Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
CRISFIELD, Md. – The race for Maryland Senate District 38 is heating up. Incumbent State Senator Mary Beth Carozza is seeking re-election, while Salisbury City Council member Michele Gregory is looking to make the jump to Annapolis. The district covers Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties.
Senator Carozza says she’s been hot on the campaign trail, connecting with the constituents she already represents. “I am moving around all three counties. I’m in Somerset [Wednesday], I live in Worcester. In Wicomico, as a matter of fact, [Wednesday] before I drove down from Ocean City to Crisfield, I was working on three different cases. One from each county,” she said at the Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.
The Senator says she’s proud to represent the 38th district, but still has more work to do. “I’m very humbled to represent this area. But, we have to fight harder. We’re out numbered when it comes to just Shore numbers, and educating others across the bridge on our way of life,” said Sen. Carozza.
Top issues for the Senator include ones that she says she’s already been working on for the past four years.
“I represent the best district in the entire state of Maryland. That’s because of the people. When you think about it, this district has everything. We have small business owners, we have farmers, commercial fisherman, forestry, higher education, healthcare, and public safety,” said Sen. Carozza. “What we need to do is continue to support them. First responders, our way of life, and cost of living are my top priorities.”
Sen. Carozza tells 47 ABC she also plans to continue working on improving career opportunities for high school and college grads.
“I’m committed to keep working with our technical high schools, our institutions of higher education. I represent Salisbury, Wor-Wic, UMES – all of our employers, who are our job creators, to make sure we’re strengthening those job partnerships,” said Sen. Carozza. “That’s what I’ve been doing for four years, and that’s what I’m committed to keep doing for the next four years.”
Council Member Gregory
Gregory also called Tawes a perfect opportunity to spread the urgent needs of the Lower Eastern Shore.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of the political folks coming down, and making sure that they’re really aware of the issues that we’re facing down here, and making sure that they’re going to show up outside of these events,” said Gregory.
The next 40 days will lead Gregory up and down the district, she says, connecting with her potential future constituents.
“For the next 40 days, I’m just going out and reaching voters. Talking to people face-to-face, having these conversations that need to be had, talking about the issues that we’re facing on the ground that most people don’t talk about in the political arena,” said Gregory.
Gregory has served on Salisbury City Council for three years. Some of the top issues she plans to tackle in Annapolis include protecting the environment, supporting agriculture, and bolstering health care and education. Gregory says she is also dedicated to defending civil rights, those living with disabilities and seniors, supporting local business, and increasing housing.
Making the jump from City Council member to State Senator is a big move, acknowledges Gregory. But, when asked why voters should choose her to represent them, she said this:
“Because I’m an advocate for the people, because I listen, because I hear what people are saying and what they need. I work very hard with that as part of the City Council. I’ve worked well with all levels of government, and I’ve worked with organizations to help get legislation passed at the state level already,” said Gregory. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done down here, and I feel that I’m the person to do it.”