eNews: Great Support, Great Endorsements, Great Events!

Why Courtney?

Endorsement of the Week: Tahira Hussain

"I support Courtney because of her commitment to the community and her genuine concern for people. Courtney worked with me and others to bring more attention to the issue of human trafficking in Howard County. She passed a resolution to create a task force that made several key recommendations that have now been implemented to help agencies work together on the issue. Courtney works for all of us, all of the time."

Finance Report

It takes a team... and I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to my campaign for State Delegate 9B. The first public report, released last week, showed that we had more than 300 donations in the 132 days since I announced my run. It was wonderful to see that 86% of the donations were from people who live in Howard County, and a very healthy majority of 56% of the dollars were from people who live in District 9B. As a candidate, I feel strongly that all people, in all walks of life, have the same opportunities to hold elected office. I am therefore also proud to say that my campaign is 100% funded by supporters like you, and not self-financed. No one can do this alone, and you inspire me every day to work hard for the residents of Ellicott City and all of Maryland.

Women's March in Baltimore

Baltimore Women's March 2018

A year ago, the Women’s March in Washington, DC was the first tangible sign that a movement was forming that has sustained our hope for a future where democratic values are once again being promoted by the highest office in the land. I remember marveling at the crowd in DC and being stunned when I finally got home by the images of similar marches all over the world. That day restored my hope.

Last Saturday, I joined Howard County men and women in Baltimore to mark the occasion of that first march and to embrace the emphasis on the importance of voting that was the theme of the second annual Women’s March. We marched for the protection of women’s reproductive rights, which are under attack, and the values of inclusion, equity, and opportunity for everyone. I ran into Dunloggin Middle School students at the march. Hope is very much alive!

Special Events

Howard County and Opioids - Listen and Learn on February 13. Join me for an informative discussion on the opioid crisis, which caused 57 deaths in Howard County in 2017. What do you need to know, and how you can be helpful here in our own community?

Howard County Opioid Listen Learn eventJoan Webb Scornaienchi from HC DrugFree will tell us about the current state of the crisis in Howard County. Hear from Ellicott City parent and Sobar founder Beth Harbinson about her family's experience, and how she plans to start to change our local culture to embrace alternatives for addicts working to remain sober. There will be time for questions and answers from the audience. Details: February 13, 7-8:30 pm, Miller Library, Ellicott City

Panel Discussion: Who Was Reverend John Holland? The Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club, in partnership with Vantage House and in celebration of National Black History Month, will host a distinguished panel of Howard County residents to discuss the history of this noted and important local activist and how he helped shape the battle for civil rights in Howard County. Event details: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7-9 pm, Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Contact me for more info.

Join Me!

February Fun! Join us every Saturday morning in Ellicott City. Team members are having fun meeting new people and making phone calls to voters for the Watson for Delegate and the Hester for Senate campaigns. If you prefer to knock, we also have canvasses. If you prefer to call at home, we can supply you with a list. Just let us know your preference by emailing Jenn Cavey.

House Parties. What's fun when it's cold and dark outside? Hosting a house party for your neighbors and friends! I have had many great group discussions at neighborhood house parties. Each host has been very pleased with the level of interaction and engagement at these intimate events. I encourage you to sign up to host a house party in February or March: my team will assist you every step of the way. Please contact Jenn Cavey to learn more.

Coffee In February. Our Coffee with Courtney dates continue to be a big success. Each Thursday we have voters stop by to talk about their concerns. Join me every Thursday in February at 10 am at Cafe EZ, 3290 N. Ridge Road, Ellicott City. It's your chance to ask me questions and let me know what's on your mind. Just stop by, no reservations necessary. I look forward to seeing you!

Visit my website for more information about the campaign.

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