Senator Jim Brochin announces his candidacy for Baltimore County executive. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)
It was with alarm that I read Barrie Friedland's letter to the editor misrepresenting my state senator, Jim Brochin ("Vote Johnny O for the sake of your wallet," April 17). As a longtime constituent, I feel the need to set the record straight. For the past 16 years, Senator Brochin has voted for every increase to the minimum wage and living wage that was brought before the Maryland Senate. Also, Ms. Friedland claims that former Del. John Olszewski Jr. served as the primary sponsor for paid sick leave. He did years ago and was unsuccessful. When the paid sick leave bill passed in the 2017 legislative year, Mr. Olszewski was a paid lobbyist for Baltimore City. Ms. Friedland doesn't mention Mr. Olszewski's voting record against Maryland families including his anti-choice stance, his votes to deny a woman the right to an abortion after the first trimester, and his votes to allow domestic abusers to keep their guns.
In contrast, Senator Brochin voted in 2009 and again this year for domestic abusers to lose their guns. Senator Brochin voted to ban assault weapons and this year was a sponsor of the bill to ban bump stocks. Senator Brochin is an ardent environmentalist who supported last year's ban on fracking, introduced legislation to restrict top Baltimore County elected officials from taking developer campaign contributions that might represent undue influence, passed legislation to protect victims of rape and incest and was the chief Senate sponsor of the elected school board bill. For the past three years, Senator Brochin has been voted chair of the Baltimore County delegation and was instrumental in garnering senators' support of bringing the Guinness factory to Baltimore County. Senator Brochin has made Baltimore County safer and brought us jobs.
Although I care about my wallet, I am more concerned about the safety of our students while they are in school and in seeing an end to the current pay-for-play politics in Baltimore County. I will happily spend from my wallet to support Senator Brochin who has been a tireless advocate for Baltimore County as my state senator these past 16 years, and I unreservedly recommend him for county executive.