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q 1st Congressional Race. Frank Kratovil . . . . . . . . . . 4
Important Messages from AFSCME . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
6th Congressional Race. Jennifer Dougherty . . . . . . 7
Endorsements At-A-Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
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O
n November 4, we can vote for have four more years of President George
proven fighters on the issues we W. Bush’s disastrous policies.
care about most—guaranteeing
“What holds this country together is
access to quality, affordable health care
that fundamental belief that we all have
everyone can count on, fully funding pub-
a stake in each other. That’s the idea that
lic services and the workers who provide
led me to enter public service more than
them, and returning the nation to solid fi-
two decades ago.” This is what Democratic
nancial ground. Or we can elect Republican
Presidential nominee U.S. Senator Barack
U.S. Senator John McCain (Arizona) and
Obama (Democrat, Illinois) told 6,000 at-
tendees in late July during our union’s 38th
International Convention in San Francisco.
His remarks were a reminder of what’s at
stake in this Presidential election and why
AFSCME has endorsed Obama for President
and U.S. Senator Joe Biden (Democrat,
Delaware) as Vice President.
Senator Obama’s commitment to work-
ing families has been a constant through-
out his career in public service, from his
work in the ’80s as a community organizer
for a church-based group on Chicago’s
South Side — an area that had been devas-
tated by steel mill closings — to his 8-year
tenure in the Illinois State Senate and his
election to the U.S. Senate in 2004.

Good Jobs &


Good Wages
Throughout his career,
Obama has worked to cre-
ate good jobs and protect
wages. In Congress,
he fought against the
privatization of federal
jobs — including support
and operations staff at
Walter Reed Army
Medical Hospital—
and voted for a

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six-year, $286 billion reauthorization of the Health Care We Can Protecting Retirement
federal highway and transit construction
program that would create 1 million new Count On Security
jobs. He also opposed a measure backed Senator Obama has said that one of his Obama is committed to protecting
by McCain and most Senate Republicans top priorities is to guarantee quality, afford- Social Security from the privateers, keeping
that would have disqualified as many as 10 able health care for every American. He will American’s most successful social program
million workers from minimum wage, and make a public health plan available to the healthy and viable. As he stated during a
overtime and equal pay protections. Plus, 47 million uninsured Americans nation- Democratic primary debate in September
Senator Obama voted to raise the federal wide as well as the self-employed and small 2007. “We should be willing to do any-
minimum wage in 2005, 2006, and 2007. businesses. The benefit package will be thing that will strengthen the system, to
As President of the United States, Obama similar to the one available to members of make sure that we are being true to those
will also increase the minimum wage and Congress through the Federal Employees who are already retired, as well as young
index it to inflation. Health Benefits Program. people in the future. And we should reject
He co-sponsored the State Children’s things that will weaken the system, includ-
ing privatization, which essentially is going
Standing for Worker’s Rights Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
to put people’s retirement at the whim of
Reauthorization Act of 2007 in the U.S.
Obama has been a fighter for workers’ Senate to ensure that more children have the stock market.”
rights to organize. “I think we can have affordable health care coverage, providing He wants to raise the cutoff on the pay-
a President who is willing, from the Oval an additional $35.2 billion over five roll tax and increase the maximum amount
Office, to talk about unions and say unions years for the program. As President, he of earnings covered by Social Security to
are a good thing,” he explained at the intends to expand eligibility for Medicaid keep the program solvent. Likewise, Obama
AFSCME Leadership Conference in June and SCHIP. is conscious of the need to protect our
2007 in reference to the Employee Free seniors’ retirement security. This is why
Choice Act, a bill that he co-sponsored. Obama also voted to allow importation
of affordable prescription drugs, and to he has stated that he will not “cut benefits
It seeks to restore employees’ freedom to or raise the retirement age. I believe there
form unions and bargain for better wages, allow Medicare to negotiate lower
drug prices for senior citizens. He opposed are a number of ways we can make Social
benefits and working conditions. “There is Security solvent that do not involve placing
no reason that we can’t sign the Employee a $14 billion, five-year funding cut for
Medicaid. these added burdens on our seniors.”
Free Choice Act,” he added.

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Maryland Public Employees Local Presidents


Council 67, AFSCME, AFL-CIO President Local
Nathanial Burrell 4007 Baltimore City Housing
1410 Bush Street, Suite A Authority-White Collar
Baltimore, MD 21230 Cory Trusty 3737 Baltimore City Intake and
Detention Center
Officers Reginald Crowley 3495 Frederick County
Jerome L. Tucker 3406 City of Annapolis
Glenard S. Middleton, Sr.— David L. Burbank 3399 City of Takoma Park
Executive Director Thomas F. Colbert 3389 Prince George’s County
Dale Chase—President Health Department
James Robinson 3376 Baltimore Community
Dennis J. Landis, Jr.—Vice President Colleges
Peggy Peacock—Treasurer Tyrone Johnson 3374 Johns Hopkins Bayview
Medical Center
Dorothy Bryant—Secretary Wayne L. Hose 3373 Hagerstown Police
Department
Executive Board Mary Pat Whiteley 3162 Annapolis Clerical/Technical
Employees
Jewel Dozier Dale R. Chase 3085 Howard County Department
of Public Works
Janie Johnson
Freddy Glover 3080 Howard County Detention
Doug Levine Center
Mike Pyles Keith L. Fowler 2981 Charles County Board of
Education
Mary Pat Whiteley Joshua Johnson 2979 Baltimore City Housing
Authority Supervisors
Administrator Dennis Landis, Jr. 2898 Washington Suburban
Sanitary Commission
Dr. Nicole M. Francis Clementine Thomas 2751 University of Maryland
Operations Manager Medical Center
Larry Curtis 2741 Carroll County Board of
George Gisin Education
Charmaine D. Collins 2740 Somerset County Board of
Staff Education
Jim Bespitch, Staff Mavis Alexander 2735 Prince George’s Co. Dept.
of Lic. and Human Res.
Representative 301-759-9328
Dennis W. Embly 2677 Washington County
Archer Blackwell, Senior Staff Representative Ben Blake 2563 Anne Arundel Co. Clerical/
Kory Blake, Staff Representative Technical Employees
Debbie Tell 2471 Harford County Board of
Glen Bouldin, Director Organizing Education
Michael Bradley, Printer/Media Consultant John S. Hawkins 2462 Prince George’s Co. Dept. of
Public Works
Cheri Ciboroski, Membership
Elizabeth A. Brandenburg 2380 Montgomery County
Michelle Edwards, Community Outreach/ Community College
Public Policy Specialist Peggy Peacock 2202 Baltimore City Dept. of
Dawn Handy, Administrative Assistant Housing & Com. Dev.
Jackie Johnson 2202N NAACP
Beverly Kriss, Comptroller James W. Hackett 1899 Howard County Board of
Brendon Laster, Political/Legislative Coordinator Education
Jody Oliver, Office Assistant (Cumberland, MD) Jerome Damon 1859 Mass Transit Administration
Police
Alina Ortega, Organizer Michael E. Pritt 1834 Garrett County Roads
Thomas Raymond, Organizer Michael M. Harrison 1802 Harford County Government
James C. Sollers 1693 Anne Arundel County Board
Yulanda Tucker, Receptionist of Education
Jack Davis 1633 Allegany County Public
Employees
Mike Hanlon 1540 City of Hagerstown
Telephone Numbers Jon Sterrett 1521 Allegany County Sheriff’s
Department
Baltimore Office Joe Pritchard 1453 City of Rockville
(410) 837-7278 or (800) 727-3332 John James 1209C City of College Park
Cumberland Office Jervis Ray 1209B City of Bowie
Rhonda Wallace 1170 Prince George’s Co. Health
(301) 759-9328 Department Supervisors
Hagerstown Office Norman A. Anderson 921 Baltimore County
Department of Public Works
(301) 739-9501 John Dunaway 647 Baltimore City Housing
Authority
Prince George’s County Office R. Mike Akers 582 Anne Arundel Community
(301) 599-9095 County Dept. of Public
Works
The Maryland Public Employee is a publica- Nancy Woodhead 558 Baltimore County
Community Health Nurses
tion for and about the members of AFSCME Mike Pyles 553 City of Cumberland
Council 67. The Maryland Public Employee is Lora P. Williams 434 Baltimore County Board of
published by Council 67. Education
Larry Collick 241 Prince George’s County
Signed Articles express the view of the Crossing Guards
writer. Glenard S. Middleton, Sr. 44 Baltimore City Municipal
Employees

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