Primary 2022: Boots on the Ground for Educator Candidates

Members are all in for Frederick County educator and county council candidate Jessica Fitzwater. Members canvassed for educator-candidates in 10 counties for the July 19 primary.

We’re still dealing with fallout from the divisive politics that have so damaged the way we talk with and about each other and our ability to rally together around issues that affect us all, like public education, climate change, gun control, and more. This division is much closer to home now as educators across the state confront attacks on the profession, curriculum, and their students’ access to the resources and services they deserve.

The educators featured on this page have stepped up to meet these issues with strong community and educator support behind them. In some areas, it’s an uphill battle. That’s why members and friends of education gathered in solidarity and hope on May 21 to kick off door-to-door canvassing for educator candidates in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Montgomery, and Wicomico counties. In total, local members in 10 counties endorsed 14 educator candidates in Maryland’s July primary.

MSEA President Cheryl Bost at a pre-canvass rally in Frederick County.

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“We’re facing real and increasing threats to public education,” said MSEA President Cheryl Bost. “We know our students, their families, and the teaching and learning conditions that serve them best—that’s a fair and honest education that values every child no matter their neighborhood, family income, race, or gender.

“Thank you to all the member volunteers who canvassed door-to-door on their day off raising awareness about how and why educators make great civic leaders.”

I am running for re-election because I want to continue to make my community great, especially by ensuring our local school system has the funding and support to provide an exceptional education to all students. — AMANDA STEWART FOR CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSION

I saw some candidates running on a “schools are a disaster” platform and intent on banning books and restricting teachers’ autonomy. I’m concerned about what would happen if they win a majority of seats on our school board. — KARIN MILLER FOR WICOMICO COUNTY BOARD OF ED

The needs of our students are rapidly shifting. As an educator who serves in both the legislature and our public schools, I will continue to use my unique perspective to address students’ most pressing issues. — LISA BELCASTRO FOR DELEGATE, BALTIMORE COUNTY

School budgets are more than just numbers on a page—they represent an investment in our kids. Educators know what kids need to learn—thriving, nurturing, and inclusive environments. It’s our time to step up and serve!  — JESSICA FITZWATER FOR FREDERICK COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Apathy lives within our community and leadership. There’s no call to action—no desire for change. I want to have microphone to speak to the issues of our community and move us towards action. — JACOB BENNETT FOR HARFORD COUNTY COUNCIL

One of the callings to education is a desire to make an impact on others and improve their lives. That mission of service makes educators especially well-suited to be true public servants who prioritize serving the community over personal politics or agendas.  — JULIE HUMMER FOR ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY COUNCIL