Baltimore County Alumnae Hosts Candidates’ Forum

Submitted by LaVern Baty

On June 22, 2022 the Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter’s Social Action Committee partnered with Black Girls Vote and Black Women for Positive Change to host and facilitate a diverse, informative and non-partisan “Meet the Candidates” public forum in a virtual setting. This forum provided 33 politicians/candidates running for Maryland State offices as well as offices in Baltimore County with a convenient venue to in which to share their political platform, their priorities and perspectives with members of the community. Members of the community where informed via social media as well as by handing out flyers during Juneteenth. Amongst the 33 candidates were individuals running for the following offices:

  • Lt. Governor
  • U.S. Congress
  • Senate
  • House of Delegates
  • State’s Attorney
  • Comptroller
  • Baltimore County School Board
  • Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee

This forum provided the Baltimore County residents the opportunity to “put the faces to the names” as well as hear directly from the candidates what they plan to do, if elected, in their first 100 days in office as well as their strategy to accomplish their goals. This unique forum also allowed the public the opportunity to ask their questions. Attendees were invited to put their questions in the “Chat”.  Social Action members were “at-the-ready,” poised to track the questions, pass them to the Social Action Chair who immediately forwarded the questions to the moderator by text. This planned process eliminated the chance of the moderator becoming bombarded and overwhelmed by questions coming from multiple sources as well as freed her from having to attempt to moderate and follow the “Chat” simultaneously.  The forum was professionally moderated by Dr. Stephanie Myers, a long time experienced community leader and dedicated servant in Baltimore County.  Issues raised by the questions included the food deserts in Baltimore County, school violence and teacher shortages, education goal issues, mental health issues further exacerbated by Covid-19, the need for more diversity, equity and inclusion of people of color, homelessness and accessibility of affordable housing.

The forum was very well received. Of those who responded to the survey, 100% indicated that they were satisfied. Over half, 55.6% indicated that they were extremely satisfied. Attendees flooded the chat with ‘thank you’s’ as the forum was closing and indicated how helpful the event was to them. Attendees shared that they took notes and some said that they had never attended anything like this and found it to be extremely helpful. Hearing from an individual who moved to Baltimore County a year ago from another Maryland County indicated how this helped her to become oriented to the political arena where she lives now. She felt more confident about voting during the primaries.

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