BY JACKIE CAMER
Supporters rallied Sunday at Takoma Park’s Republic restaurant as State senator Jamie Raskin initiated his congressional campaign.
“I am running for Congress because America needs effective progressive leadership to renew the momentum of popular democracy in the country. I have a proven decade-long record as an effective progressive leader in Annapolis. I submit to you that I have the experience, the energy, the vision and the commitment to excel as your Congressman.”
Jamie Raskin’s campaign announcement at Republic Restaurant, Takoma Park, MD, April 19, 2015. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is on the left. Video by Jackie Camer.
“We will rock the House!” he said, pledging to represent “the fact-based community,” against climate-change deniers in Congress. He said he would represent “the common good,” rather than “big-money interests, saying his campaign would not accept corporate funding.
In November 2006, he was elected as a Maryland State Senator for District 20.
Raskin, 52, highlighted his work in the state legislature on issues such as medical marijuana, anti-drunk driving legislation, repealing the death penalty and marriage equality noting 100 of his bills have passed.
Raskin and supporters following his announcement speech. Photo by Bill Brown.
Raskin is the current chairperson of the Senate Executive Nominations Committee and Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics and a constitutional law professor at American University.
Raskin will be running for Rep. Christopher Van Hollen’s seat, who currently represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. Hollen recently announced he will seek to succeed retiring US Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Already in the 8th District race is Democratic state delegate Kumar Brave. He announced his candidacy March 19th.
Candidate Raskin shakes hands with Takoma Park police chief Alan Goldberg as Doug Gansler, former Attorney General of Maryland (in red shirt) looks on. Photo by Bill Brown.
At the event Raskin was joined by several high-profile figures endorsing his campaign on Sunday, including Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County and Attorney General Brian Frosh. Present in the audience were several area politicians, including state District 20 Delegates David Moon and Will Smith, county councilmembers Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, Takoma Park mayor Bruce Williams and city councilmembers Kate Stewart, Terry Seamens and Seth Grimes.
“We will go to Washington and we will go to House (of Representatives),” said Raskin. He and his wife Sarah, who is the Deputy Secretary of the United States Treasury Department and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, live in Takoma Park and have three children, Hannah, Tommy and Tabitha.