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Needed: female candidates for office

Kirk Fairfeld, right, leads the group of about 30 people protesting as they make their way to Rep. Andy Harris' Bel Air office and to deliver letters as well as an invitation for him to attend a town hall meeting last year.
Kirk Fairfeld, right, leads the group of about 30 people protesting as they make their way to Rep. Andy Harris' Bel Air office and to deliver letters as well as an invitation for him to attend a town hall meeting last year. (Matt Button | Baltimore Sun)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said, "There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine." The last line of John Fritze's article (“Amid national surge of women candidates, Maryland wrestles with all-male representation in Washington,” Jan. 27) was a quote from Emily's List, saying how important it is for "a woman" to have a seat at the table. We can't just have one seat though, we need to have at least half!

I am so grateful Mr. Fritze covered this important topic (it has been well documented that companies with more females are more profitable, governments with more women are more peaceful, and on and on). I wanted to add on to all the wonderful points he made though, and make sure my fellow community members realize how much we female candidates need them.

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I am working on the Allison Galbraith campaign in Maryland’s 1st congressional district and am running myself for the Maryland House of Delegates. Not only are we women — often somehow both overlooked and held to different standards — but we are also average Americans. We can not afford to quit our jobs and campaign full-time. We have to work all day, cook for ourselves and our families, and then go campaigning. We need you!

I relish seeing all the love for women and excitement for the "blue wave" many Democrats hope will be coming in the midterms. But none of it's going to happen without you! So if you went to the Women's March last weekend, and aren't already, I invite you to contact a local candidate and offer to help knock doors, make calls or write postcards. It's good to say that we support women, but even better when we actually do it. Thank you in advance, and see you on the trail!

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Allison Berkowitz, Bel Air

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