BALTIMORE – Sunrise Movement Baltimore has voted unanimously to endorse Democrat Jill P. Carter for the MD-07 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, formerly held by the late Elijah Cummings.
Carter, 55, a native of Baltimore, is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Walter P. Carter. She currently serves as the District 41 (Baltimore city) representative in the Maryland State Senate. She previously served in the state House of Delegates.
The Green New Deal, the plan that Sunrise Movement is organizing towards, is a centerpiece of Carter’s campaign. The Green New Deal refers to a legislative reform package that would revolutionize the country’s energy policy to fight climate change, while creating millions of new jobs and addressing economic and racial inequality. Carter has vowed on her first day in office to co-sponsor the Green New Deal resolution and advocate for its passage by no later than 2021. She also plans to draft legislation in lockstep with the resolution, amend all infrastructure bills to ensure they take climate change into consideration, and secure federal funding for local infrastructure and restoration projects.
“Jill Carter recognizes the Green New Deal as a legislative priority, and understands how it advances other issues that she has long supported, including campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform, and economic and racial justice,” says Evelyn Hammid, political team lead for Sunrise Movement Baltimore. “Her values and her experience make her a candidate that we can trust with our future.”
In her legislative career in Annapolis, Carter has developed a consistent record of fighting for the environment. As District 7 representative, Carter has vowed to work to replace incinerators and coal-burning power plants with clean and renewable energy sources. She is a strong advocate for the health of the Chesapeake Bay and has pledged to fight for clean jobs, clean neighborhoods and affordable housing. She also promises to push to build a Red Line light-rail system to connect east and west Baltimore to create economic opportunities for the some of the city’s most neglected communities.
During the endorsement process, Sunrise Movement Baltimore obtained pledges to support the Green New Deal and reject fossil fuel campaign contributions from four other candidates running for the MD-07 seat: T. Dan Baker, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Gary Schuman, and Charles U. Smith. The Maryland primary election date for the 117th United States Congress is June 2.
Sunrise Movement is a nationwide organization led by young people to combat global warming while creating millions of new jobs in the process.