OUR COMMUNITY ENDORSES LORIG
Lorig is an undaunted voice for immigrant and refugee rights. She knows that our communities are richer because of our immigrant heritage, and that among our nation’s values is that of welcoming those fleeing oppression and seeking abetter life.
Lorig has dedicated herself to criminal justice reform throughout her career. Last December she engaged in civil disobedience at the U.S. Capitol in support of Dreamers and their right to stay in the only country they’ve ever known.
Additionally, Lorig’s leadership was critical to the development of the TPSS Community Kitchen, which is helping immigrant entrepreneurs start their own small food businesses, including Nancia’s Antojitos and El Carreton.
I support Lorig for Delegate because I know that she will fight for immigrant rights in Annapolis.
—GUSTAVO TORRES, Casa in Action
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CAPAD-MD and CAPAD-MC recognize your commitment and proactive stance to promote diversity and fairness, recognize the special needs of multi-cultural communities, and support economic empowerment for minority communities and the community at large. CAPAD-MD and CAPAD-MC also believe that your vision and actions would help improve Maryland’s and Montgomery County’s economic position, address and integrate the special needs of our immigrant communities, support minority small businesses, and continue to make Maryland and Montgomery County one of the best places to live for working families.
– Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD) and its regional organization, Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Montgomery County (CAPAD-MC)
I am happy to announce my support for Lorig Charkoudian, an amazingly accomplished young leader who has already demonstrated her ability to serve both locally and statewide.
I place great stock in long term community involvement and experience in the political realm. Lorig, I know, has worked on many legislative initiatives in Annapolis, and as a result, she understands the legislative process and how to get things done. She holds a PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and knows her way around public policy.
I hope you will join me in supporting Lorig Charkoudian to become part of the District 20 Team, a team that truly reflects the diversity and strength of our district. As I move forward, I will be happy knowing that District 20 is in capable hands.
– SHEILA HIXSON, Retiring D20 Delegate
Lorig’s creativity in response to complex social problems, dogged determination, passion for social justice, and professional experience working on legislation in Annapolis prepare her for a delegate position. She would be an amazing legislator and the people of the 20th District would be incredibly fortunate to have her as their representative.
– HEATHER MIZEUR, Former D20 Delegate and Founder of MizMaryland, Soul Force Politics
Lorig’s leadership and determination across so many key issues—from criminal justice to food security and small business financing—make her an effective advocate and policy strategist for the people of District 20 and all of Maryland.
Lorig is a leader in building community-led policing, which gives residents a strong voice in how policing happens in their communities. She believes that law enforcement should work collaboratively with the communities they serve, and she has developed models to implement this approach.
On the state level, Lorig’s leadership helped the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup incorporate mediation for some police complaints into reform legislation. This gives residents and officers a chance to hear each others’ perspectives and build trust and a new way of engaging with each other. After this legislation passed, Lorig collaborated with the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to develop policy guidelines for agencies throughout the state who were interested in implementing such a program.
In Takoma Park, Lorig supports us by developing and conducting dialogues between young people and police officers, as we look to build stronger relationships among young people, especially young people of color, and our Police Department. Lorig also provided invaluable insights and advice from her work across the state on police issues as we conducted our search for a new police chief in Takoma Park.
I support Lorig for Delegate because I trust her to keep the interests of our entire community in mind when she makes decisions about how we police and protect our neighborhoods.
– KATE STEWART, Takoma Park Mayor
From the day I met her in 2001, I have watched Lorig build and support violence prevention measures that address everything from interpersonal conflicts to ending the school to prison pipeline. Lorig does the long term work over time that builds on community resilience and seeks to resolve the structural issues underlying the violence.
– ERRICKA WONDER VOICE BRIDGEFORD, Co-founder of Baltimore Ceasefire 365 & The Baltimore Sun Marylander of the Year
I support Lorig’s campaign to build a more just and inclusive Maryland because she helped write and pass the Maryland Farms and Families Act so low-income families can get more benefits when shopping at local farmers’ markets.
– HOWARD KOHN, Maryland Recreation & Parks Association Volunteer of the Year
”It’s hard keeping up with Lorig, let me tell you. I have to go all over the state to find her. But I will constantly be in pursuit of her because she is such a great leader in breaking the impasse over social conflicts, family conflicts, workplace conflicts, you name it. At a time when there is so much division and polarization in society, what we need is exactly the kind of work that Lorig has been doing to bring people together for constructive problem-solving. That’s why I’m thrilled to be able to salute Lorig and urge her on.”