Julius Henson

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Julius Henson
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Former candidate for
Maryland State Senate, District 45
PartyDemocratic
Personal
ProfessionPolitical consultant
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Julius Henson was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 45 of the Maryland State Senate.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Henson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

EDUCATION

Julius understands how vital education is to building and maintaining a successful life. As a father of two children currently attending high school and college in Baltimore City, he is also aware of the current challenges inner city youth face academically, financially and socially to obtaining a high school diploma and college degree. Where Julius lives, only 7% of the residents graduated high school or have attended college. That number continues to decrease for those who have a college. This is an issue Julius is resolute on championing. He knows that positioning his neighbors with access to educational and vocational classes will lead to greater financial power through jobs and a reduction in crime.

JOBS

The current median household income where Julius lives is $26,694...one of the lowest in the State of Maryland. The unemployment rate is at 15%. These are staggering and unacceptable statistics. But despite them, Julius believes in economic empowerment for the people of East Baltimore. One of his top priorities is to bring quality, decent paying jobs not only to the 45th District but to the people that live in it. When the Horseshoe Casino announced its plan to recruit employees from Baltimore City, Julius ensured that people in his community would have the opportunity to be considered. He coordinated a career fair at the Berea Community Recreation Center with the casino in January 2014 . At that time, he met with the manager of Horseshoe and persuaded him to change the company's hiring policy excluding candidates with a G.E.D. This modification widened the pool of possible qualified East Baltimore residents for positions. Julius will take the same drive and conviction to Annapolis to campaign on the behalf of the people of East Baltimore to secure gainful employment that will instill pride, confidence and financial stability.[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate 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. Incumbent Nathaniel McFadden defeated Julius Henson in the Democratic primary and is unopposed in the general election. Daton Lynch ran as an independent candidate but did not appear on the general election ballot after not meeting filing requirements.[1][4]

Maryland State Senate, District 45 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNathaniel McFadden Incumbent 80.7% 9,179
Julius Henson 19.3% 2,192
Total Votes 11,371

Personal

Henson has served as the president of the Berea Eastside Community Association.[5]

Controversies

2010 robocall

Henson was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 30 days of home detention, 500 hours of community service and four years' probation for conspiracy to violate election laws relating to robocalls made to African-American households on Election Day 2010, in which he told voters to "relax" because Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) had already defeated his client, former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R), even as the polls remained open. In February 2014, a judge ruled that Henson's filing to run for the state Senate was a violation of his probation, as he was forbidden from doing political work for the entire period. Henson, who is allowed to continue his campaign, is appealing the ruling; if the verdict is upheld, he must spend four months in prison.[6][7]

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