Judy H. Davis

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Judy H. Davis
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Candidate for
Maryland House of Delegates, District 38C
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSalisbury State College, 1977
Master'sUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore
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Judy H. Davis is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 38C of the Maryland House of Delegates.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Davis' website highlights the following campaign themes:

Economy and Jobs

I support measures to enhance the economic stability of our region while protecting assets that draw visitors to our area. To this end, job development and business growth needs to be coupled with the protection of our environment.

Expanding our business opportunities broadens our economic base, increases our tax revenues, adds full-time jobs, and offers careers for the children of our district. Moving from seasonal work to permanent positions will enable our workers to have a higher standard of living.

Passed in 2013, Maryland’s Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Program provides training for employment in sustainable jobs. It focuses on four critical skills shortages: Manufacturing, Cyber-Security, Construction and Health Care. Also benefiting Maryland residents is the Veterans Full Employment Act that allows veterans to utilize their military training and experience as credit towards state licensing requirements. These programs supplement existing high school and community college vocational training. I strongly back these measures which strengthen employment and training opportunities in our state.

As a member of the House of Delegates working in concert with area Chambers of Commerce, I can research and navigate programs to assist local enterprises and their employees.

Since our new district includes vacation destinations, tourism brings much revenue to the Lower Shore and impacts on our hotel, restaurants and retail businesses. I owned a retail store in Shantytown for several years and also managed a jewelry store on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community.

Additionally, I was the co-owner of a home improvement and building company in Wicomico County for over twenty years. I recognize the difficulties business owners have meeting the demands of the market while providing adequately for their family and employees. My experience in business, coupled with my knowledge of career preparation in our high schools, will benefit our District, 38C, in Annapolis.[2][3]

Education

Maryland Public Schools are Number 1 in the nation for the second year in a row. We need to continue our investment in education by fully funding our public school system. My background as an Early Childhood and a Special Education Teacher on the Eastern Shore will benefit District 38C as we strive to meet the needs of our students.

As a National Board-Certified Teacher, I know the importance of aligning our curriculum with Common Core Standards. These rigorous standards facilitate our students’ preparation to compete in the Global Market.

During this transitional period, we can’t forget the crucial programs that enable a student’s success. My first teaching position was at the Berlin Head Start Program. Readiness skills, socialization and communication strategies prepare very young children for entry into the public school system. Students need early childhood instruction to master school expectations and routine.

Special education addresses diverse learners. These students must be active participants in the educational process; however they require support or accommodations to make that feasible. A child with delayed reading may have difficulty with the new universal testing – Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Trained teachers can help that child jump the hurdle.

According to the CBS Baltimore News (February 20, 2012), the English as a Second Language (ESL) population has doubled in Wicomico County schools in the past decade. In Worcester County, the ESL population has grown by about 300 percent. This is another group of student with unique needs.

A community member for the last forty years, I am a graduate of Salisbury State College, with a Masters in Special Education from University of MD Eastern Shore. Whether as a teacher of four year olds or an Adjunct Professor at UMES, my enthusiasm for our youth has never waned. The children of District 38C and their families can be assured that their interests will be steadfastly represented by this professional educator serving in the House of Delegates in Annapolis.[4][3]

Environment and Agriculture

The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are the lifeblood for our watermen, our hospitality industry and our wildlife. Protecting the Coastal Bays is crucial to our way of life.

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program works conscientiously to ensure water quality, restore wetlands, protect our animal and plant species and educate our citizens. According to its 2012 Report Card, the overall score for Coastal Bays health is a C+, which is a slight improvement over the 2011 score of C. Sinepuxent Bay received a B-, the highest grade of all the regions. St. Martin River’s poor score of a D+ demonstrates need for improvement in most indicators evaluated.

Maryland has numerous services to assist with the rigorous demands of Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP). Dedicated communities, personnel and volunteers work diligently in collaboration with state Agencies to ensure the health of the Coastal Bays for today and tomorrow.

Agriculture is a major livelihood for the Eastern Shore. Farming, chickens and cattle are the staples of the industry. Water pollution regulations impact on all aspects of these trades. The delicate balance between a farmer’s nutrient management requirements and farm profitability is addressed thru a “safe harbor” bill passed in 2013, Senate Bill 1029. Preventing chicken manure run-off continues to be a crucial issue. New ideas, such as converting chicken manure into pelletized fertilizer, are being explored by the poultry industry and other interested parties.

Our community can also contribute to the enhancement of the Coastal Bays with improved sewage treatment systems, daily practices and youth involvement. One strategy to prevent and reduce pollutants from land to water is to plant trees to protect stream banks. Wicomico Environmental Trust secured a grant to plant trees at Billy Gene Jackson Park, in Salisbury, and partnered with Wicomico County Schools on this project. I had an opportunity to witness the enthusiasm of sixth grade students as they planted, watered and secured each tree. Students learned the value of protecting the pond and the benefits of trees on wildlife and rain absorption. Several children saw their first egret that day, too!

As a year round resident of the Lower Shore for forty years, I am drawn to its natural beauty. I will support measures to protect our quality of life while preserving our agricultural heritage.[5][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Judy H. Davis defeated Mike Hindi in the Democratic primary, while Mary Beth Carozza was unopposed in the Republican primary.[6][7]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 38C Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJudy H. Davis 84.3% 1,605
Mike Hindi 15.7% 298
Total Votes 1,903

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Davis' endorsements include:[8]

  • Maryland State Education Association
  • AFL-CIO of Maryland and DC
  • AFSCME 3

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