First Woman Mayor of Annapolis Ellen Moyer Endorses Chrissy Holt for Senate

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Ellen Moyer, Annapolis Mayor from 2001-2009, endorses District 30 Senate Candidate Chrissy Holt. Photo: Mia Bryant
Wednesday, Ellen Moyer, two-term Annapolis Mayor and the first woman to ever hold the top position in Maryland’s capital, endorsed the candidacy of healthcare advocate and business woman Chrissy Holt for Senate in District 30 which includes the Annapolis area and South Anne Arundel County.

“Ellen Moyer’s endorsement of my candidacy is an incredible honor,” said Holt. “As a long-time resident of this county, I have known Ellen as a champion for women’s issues, social justice issues, education and her great advocacy for the environment. These are all issues critical to my campaign and the ideals that I will take into the Maryland Senate, along with my fight to bring true health care for all in Maryland.”

Here is the Honorable Ellen Moyer’s full letter of endorsement:

There is a newcomer in this year’s State Senate primary race in District 30. Chrissy Holt, however, is not new to getting things done in government. She has a long track record as a citizen activist and the experience to implement positive progressive change on issues that confront Marylanders in District 30.

Like many women, Chrissy’s familiarity with lawmaking and public policy came from life experience. A seriously ill child denied health insurance and her family’s struggles with addiction disorders gave her up-close exposure to our failed health care system that puts profits over patients and prevents adequate treatment.

Overcoming obstacles, pursuing a career while balancing parental and financial responsibilities are all part of Chrissy’s substantial resume. She has worked with groups instrumental to blocking CareFirst from switching from a non-profit to a for-profit corporation in Maryland. She worked with coalitions to help pass HIPPA legislation, on hemophilia treatment centers, and helped to protect the essential benefits inside the Affordable Care Act, including emergency care and pregnancy. She also works on developing addiction and recovery legislation.

Chrissy is a born Marylander, a graduate of the University of Maryland, and holds a graduate degree from the London School of Economics. Her professional resume includes founding the extremely successful employment company, CareerBuilder and her current leadership position with The Disney Company.

As a former teacher, I see Chrissy’s leadership and legislative skills as essential to making her the best advocate in the Maryland Senate for students and teachers. And as a life-long champion of civil rights and women’s rights, I absolutely believe that Chrissy is the best choice on these critical issues as well.

An effective Senator must be inclusive and collaborative as well as possess leadership skills. Chrissy has demonstrated these qualities over decades. All of this makes her the best choice to lead our district in the Maryland Senate and to beat the Republican candidate for this vitally important seat.

We must protect our Democratic-controlled Senate by picking the strongest and most qualified candidate in the primary for State Senate District 30 onJune 26th. That candidate is Chrissy Holt.

 Ellen Moyer

Ellen Moyer, first woman Mayor of Annapolis in its 300-year history, was elected two terms in 2001-2009 after serving on City Council for 14 years. As Mayor, she established the Annapolis Conservancy Board and the Greenscape program. She is co-founder of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Ellen served on several state Boards and Commissions, including the State Board of Education, the Maryland Racing Commission and the Local Government Advisory Council for the Chesapeake Bay.   She was a 5th grade educator in public schools, served as executive director of the Maryland Commission for Women and as Government Relations Director for the Maryland State Teachers Association for 20 years.  Selected three times as one of the top 100 women in the State of Maryland, Ellen is current chair of the Annapolis Community Foundation and Art in Public Places.

The Maryland primary election will be held on June 26 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with early voting from June 14-21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

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