Supporting Dereck E. Davis
Statement Regarding Election for Speaker of House of Delegates
By Cheryl D. Glenn // Legislative District 45 // Baltimore City
I support Dereck E. Davis for Speaker of the House, and will vote for him wherever and whenever I cast my vote. Throughout my entire political career, I have been a proud, loyal and engaged member of the Democratic Party. For 12 years, I have represented the 45th Legislative District of Northeast and East Baltimore in the House of Delegates. I am a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a widow, a former labor leader and an active church member. My life has been shaped by many roles and responsibilities, but it has never been defined solely by one. On Wednesday, May 1st, I will proudly cast my vote for the next Speaker of the House based on who I believe will best lead us in the pursuit of our core values of diversity and inclusion, equality and opportunity, fairness and justice. I will be guided by my life’s experiences and not constrained by the memberships or affiliations of groups to which I belong. It is concerning, if not offensive, for anyone to suggest that I am required to cast my vote on the Floor of the House of Delegates based exclusively on how the majority of Delegates might cast their votes in the Democratic Caucus. Why the Democratic Caucus, and not the Black Caucus? Should every member of the Black Caucus be bound by the majority of the Black Caucus? The overwhelming majority of the Black Caucus supports Chairman Dereck E. Davis. I am a Black woman and Chair Emeritus of the Black Caucus. I am proud of the work that we do to address the challenges and aspirations, the obstacles and opportunities of the Black people of the State of Maryland. Dereck has been a leader in the progress we have made by being a loyal partner in the Democratic Caucus/Party. That means a great deal to me. On Wednesday, May 1st, I am proudly voting for Dereck E. Davis in the Democratic Caucus and on the Floor of the Maryland House of Delegates, for the next Speaker of the House. It is time for diversity in leadership in our great State, and we should be celebrating that and not be divided.
Let’s celebrate an amazing historic moment on Wednesday, May 1st!!