Elect Jesse Colvin to Maryland's 1st Congressional District seat [Letter]

Editor:

In Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, this year we have the opportunity to elect Jesse Colvin to represent us in Washington.

I recently had the opportunity to attend Jesse’s town hall meeting in Jarrettsville and came away impressed. Jesse is new to the political arena, but not new to public service.

The son of a district court judge and a public defender, Jesse set out to join the military in the wake of 9/11. His parents convinced him to complete his education first, so he earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, studying history and Arabic.

After graduation, he spent time in Syria, where he taught English to Iraqi refugees. That experience led Jesse back to the idea of serving in the military. His six years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer and member of the elite Army Rangers included four combat deployments to Afghanistan. Returning home, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University, financed through the G.I. Bill, and began a successful career in business.

Now Jesse has set his sights on continuing to serve his country as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His priorities are the key issues of the day for all Marylanders – jobs for the future, affordable healthcare, the condition of the Chesapeake Bay, support for our veterans, the opioid crisis, equal pay and middle-class tax reform.

He readily admits that he doesn’t have all the answers, but is willing to take on the challenges with urgency.

These are not partisan issues and they will not be solved by extreme proposals from one party or the other. Jesse has experience working across the aisle – he is married to a Republican and former police officer.

Dozens of our veterans are running for Congressional seats this cycle. They, like Jesse, know how to overcome differences and work cooperatively to achieve the mission. Many of them have taken on the slogan “Country before Party.” Together, they can become a sorely needed force for change in Washington.

I can’t say that I know this young man well, but the traits that I see in him – intelligence, bravery, leadership, and the willingness to serve – make me willing to support him. I will be voting for Jesse Colvin and encourage you to do so as well.

Michael Dean

Forest Hill

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