Dana Beyer, Democrat for Maryland Senate







Progressive Values For Montgomery County

Campaign Launch

We are ready for progress. For too long, hardworking Marylanders have waited for economic fairness and equal opportunity. We have asked our elected officials to help bring better jobs to our neighborhoods, build stronger schools for our children, fix our roads and infrastructure and make quality health care an affordable reality. We are ready to move forward, and that’s why I’m declaring my candidacy for the Maryland Senate.

I am a retired surgeon, a mother of two and a progressive activist. I’ve spent my entire life fighting for social justice and equal opportunity in our community and around the globe. I’m proud of my track record of success on progressive issues and now I’m seeking the opportunity to serve you in public office.

Having grown a small business, I know firsthand what it takes to create quality jobs. I am determined to level the playing field for our families, starting with raising the minimum wage – a critical step in rebuilding our middle class and giving working people a chance to support themselves. I’ll help grow our economy by expanding loans and tax credits for small businesses, repairing and modernizing our infrastructure and working to eliminate corporate tax loopholes.

As a mother, I want to make sure Montgomery County schools are preparing our students for success. But right now, our classrooms are overcrowded and our children are underserved. There’s no excuse for not taking better care of our students. I’ll fight for Montgomery County’s fair share of tax dollars for education and ramp up new school construction to build a brighter future for our children.

As a doctor, I know our health care system needs to be fixed. Obamacare was a start, but we need to do more to get costs under control and get more people covered. We need a public option so all Marylanders have access to quality, affordable care. And it’s long past time to kick politicians out of the exam room and make sure women’s health care decisions stay between patients and their doctors.

Politics is the “art of the possible.” The possible only becomes probable – and then actual – when people care, are willing to step forward and change the conversation, take risks and reach out to each other and build the better world of which we all dream. I ask for your support and your vote, and in return I promise to be the progressive champion Montgomery County sorely needs. I promise to represent you as you deserve to be represented. Together, we can make Montgomery County and Maryland better as we lead the way to a more progressive America.

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Women's Health

What are the critical health issues facing women in Maryland these days? Most derive from the attempt of a small group of religious extremists to stigmatize women, to hoist their retrosexual agenda on the state and country. All involve turning the clock back to a time when women were the property of their fathers and husbands, when single women were scorned and economic opportunities for all women were severely restricted. To a time before women were finally able to exert control over their bodies and reproductive lives.

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Health Care

My former chief of medicine, and the former editor of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Arnold Relman, said that “our health policies have failed to meet national needs because they have been heavily influenced by the delusion that medical care is essentially a business.”

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Election Reform

We have serious problems with our election law. We have a dysfunctional system, as made manifest during the 2006 primary in Montgomery County when balloting was delayed for three hours, as well as during the ultimately futile attempt in 2008 to petition to referendum Montgomery County’s civil rights law. We have had a number of other referenda on the ballot since then, particularly Marriage Equality, the Dream Act, gambling expansion and redistricting. Lack of communication between the state and local boards of election, inadequate funding and staffing of our local board, an unresponsive state board, and an election code that remains way too vague and too easy to game in an undemocratic manner, can create a comedy of errors which puts people’s lives at risk.

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Public Health

Public health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.

I’m proud to labor in government to bring my skills and experience as a physician to protecting the public and providing the most healthful environment for all people.

My specific long term interests are focused on environmental toxins known as endocrine disruptors. These hormones mimic the actions of estrogens and anti-androgens in the bodies of many animals, including humans.

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Energy and the Environment

Our state is one of the leaders in working to reduce carbon emissions, but without additional effort to propel the effort forward, without recognition that having passed the 400 ppm threshold we are getting closer to a planetary catastrophe, we will fail our fellow citizens. We not only have to get the job done here in Maryland – we must use our success to help lead the country forward. The American mindset must change, and the old American spirit of rising to global challenges must be re-engaged.

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After five difficult years for public education in the County, things are beginning to look up. Maryland has been rated the best public education system in the country for five consecutive years, with a B+ rating by Education Week. Funding cuts, brought about by the Great Recession, are now a thing of the past. Teachers, who had to share in the sacrifice and do without COLAs and step increases, are finally being offered raises. Class sizes, increased over the past few years, have stabilized. Very low interest rates have allowed some capital improvements and modernizations to proceed, though there is much more that needs to be done.

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A budget is much more than a balance sheet. Every line, every number, represents urgent priorities and goals. A responsibly drawn budget expresses the collective will of the community.

In Maryland, the Governor presents the budget, and the Assembly can make cuts and adjustments, but it is not allowed to increase spending. It is time that this situation is changed, with legislators working full-time with the ability to increase as well as decrease spending. Making these jobs full-time will increase professional standards and allow for a more diverse group of office holders, not just those who can afford to work part-time, or those whose employers see advantage to their firms having state office holders on the letterhead.

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Few problems touch all the residents of our district quite like transportation problems. Our community is united in ranking our transportation infrastructure as a most serious challenge. And since transportation is intimately tied into the environment and the availability of clean energy, it becomes an even greater focus for the community as a whole.

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Legal Reform

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