”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.”
“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.”
“I’m very proud of this legislation, which is historic because it promotes effective mediation and alternative dispute resolution in our state. I want to thank Community Mediation of Maryland and my constituents Wolfgang Meurgner and Dr. Lorig Charkoudian, executive director of Community Mediation of Maryland and a real leader for community problem-solving and dispute resolution, for bringing this important idea to me and making me aware of the critical role that mediation plays in family law, police-community trust-building, and real access to justice and reconciliation in our state. Lorig’s leadership in building support for this legislation across Maryland has been outstanding.”
“Lorig’s extensive work within the realm of criminal justice reform is impressive, to say the least. Lorig regularly travels throughout our State to meet with various stakeholders in our criminal justice system to support those who are incarcerated successfully reintegrate into our communities. An advocate with a proven record in Annapolis, Lorig has spent years working with legislators in the General Assembly to craft progressive legislation.”
“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.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Lorig on issues from safeguarding our environment to creating local jobs, I know that her ability to bring people together and get things done will serve us well in Annapolis.”
“As Mayor I have worked with Lorig on community projects such as the Community Kitchen and called on her expertise as we look to strengthen police-community relations. As a fellow volunteer, I have seen her in action on political campaigns, organizing canvassing, phone banks, and GOTV. Finally, as friends and mothers, I have had witnessed Lorig’s generosity when she opens her own home to others in need. I am proud to say Lorig is a resident of Takoma Park, an outstanding civic leader, and a role model for our children, especially our daughters. Her strength, generosity, intellect and hard work is evident in all she touches.”
“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.”
“Lorig has already impacted criminal justice reform in Maryland. Her work across the State and with the General Assembly has demonstrated that she has what it takes to hit the ground running to continue the long term effort to build a more just system. I appreciate the way Lorig has been equally impressive in her career, as a community advocate, and as an involved mother.”
“Lorig has worked for years on many of the social justice issues that are important to me—re-entry, criminal justice reform, police-community relations, food security, and support for micro-entreprenuers. I have seen her take the long view and stay with the tough issues as long as it takes, patiently building a better way. She understands complex issues and knows what we can change now and what we need to start working on now so we can change it in the long run. This is the energy and approach we need in the General Assembly. I am so happy to see Lorig step forward for this position. She is clearly doing it to continue improving the community and not to fulfill political aspirations.”
“I have seen Lorig’s commitment to the community over many years and it has made real and lasting change. Lorig’s leadership with Crossroads Community Food Network has made fresh, healthy food accessible to low income people in our community. Her efforts on the Micro-enterprise Development Program and the Community Kitchen has made the dream of starting a food business a reality for people for whom this opportunity would otherwise be out of reach. Lorig takes the long view on hard issues and stays with it until she gets the job done.”