My motivation to enter Senate race
I have lived the American dream. And now I am running for the United States Senate to represent the people of Maryland.
I am a wife, a mother and a practicing lawyer. I am a first-generation American whose father came to the United States in 1960, served in the U.S. Army, and then spent years working as a steelworker in a Baltimore City steel mill. My mother grew up in Baltimore and is a graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School. My parents met at Blob’s Park, the former German beer garden in Jessup.
My childhood was typically middle class. I graduated from a public high school in Baltimore County, but then earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The George Washington University. Later, I graduated near the top of my class from the University of Maryland School of Law, where I was recognized at graduation as the student who best represented the highest ideals of the legal profession.
I have practiced as a lawyer for 21 years. I have watched as our congressional representation stood on the sidelines during important debates about the lives and jobs of Marylanders. But now, I am willing to stand up and say to the people of Maryland: “We can do better.”
While I am passionate about the four central legislative priorities at the heart of my campaign — promoting economic growth, addressing crime and public safety threats, improving Maryland’s transportation structure, and readying our students and schools for a 21st-century education — two recent legislative developments finally compelled me to jump into this election.
The first was Sen. Cardin’s stunning abdication of his responsibility to the people of Maryland by following the lead of Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and refusing to support federal tax reform, despite the fact that, according to Maryland’s comptroller, it will cut federal taxes for more than 70 percent of Marylanders for a total savings of $2.8 billion in 2018 alone. How can an elected official take direction from a New York politician about what is good for the people of Maryland? Doesn’t the privilege of representing Marylanders mean that your duty runs to your electorate, not to an out-of-state politician? And rather than rewarding Sen. Cardin’s allegiance to party over constituents, Sen. Schumer stripped Sen. Cardin of his title as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The irony of this would be funny if it weren’t for the fact that my family and all those who call Maryland home are the losers in this scenario.
The second issue relates to the U.S. Senate’s lack of action on immigration reform and border security. My father came to this country at the age of 16 with $10 in his pocket and a command of the English language limited to one word: “Hello.” More than any other candidate, I understand the issues related to the promise that those who come to this country hold dear — a belief that if they work hard, they will create a better future for those who come behind them. Now, we have a stalemate on moving forward with necessary border protections because Sen. Cardin and other Democrats are unwilling to work across the aisle to support the most basic, common-sense border security and immigration reform measures. Putting party politics above Marylanders’ interests and failing to take an active role in this issue isn’t representation — it is an abdication of your responsibility to your electorate.
I don’t endeavor to be an identity politics candidate, but I can’t help but note that there is currently no woman representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Congress, despite the fact that women make up nearly 52 percent of Maryland’s population. How did we get to a point where there is no voice from a mother, a wife, or a sister in our federal legislative body about what is best for Maryland? And how can those of us who are parents of daughters (as I am) look at our girls and accept a situation where there is no woman’s input on policies that will directly affect their future? Maryland’s future depends on representation that is energetic, dynamic and reflective of our state’s population, and I will take every action knowing that Maryland’s girls look to their leaders to be their role models. The future of our daughters depends on us doing the right thing in the 2018 election. And, equally important, our sons (including my own) must also understand that Maryland women, too, have a voice in how they are governed.
I know the people of Maryland: They work hard during the day, come home to spend their evenings with their families, and then say a short prayer before going to sleep to thank God for the day that was and the continued health of their children. And it is their sense of promise in the day to come that allows every Maryland citizen to get up the next morning and do it all over again.
Those are the Marylanders I know. And I look forward to representing them in the United States Senate.
Christina Grigorian Women's Day 2018 Message
February 26, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christina Jurkiewicz Grigorian Files to Run as a Republican for the United States Senate in Maryland
Bethesda – Christina J. Grigorian filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate on February 23.
Christina’s filing marks the start of a campaign focused on making “Maryland First” – a campaign that will focus on four themes:
(1) Promoting Economic Growth – The “jump start” to our economy sparked by recent federal tax cuts and Governor Hogan’s strong commitment to making Maryland “open for business” marks a watershed moment for business expansion and job creation in the state. We must now build on this momentum to transition Maryland into a world class economy, with further investments to advance our high-tech, life sciences, and military and defense industries, while also preserving our traditional industries in manufacturing and agriculture.
(2) Public Safety – From gang activity to opioid and heroin addiction, law enforcement agencies need more resources and tools to ensure that Maryland families are safe in their neighborhoods and homes. We must also adopt sensible legislation that balances well-established Second Amendment rights against the need for stronger background checks and other measures to keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands.
(3) Transportation – The vibrancy of our state’s economic engine depends upon a transportation network that is reliable, adaptable and consistent with a commitment to environmental sustainability. With strong federal representation, we can bring a leading-edge transportation system to Maryland.
4) Education – A quality education is the cornerstone of success in the New Economy. Maryland’s children deserve a 21st Century education system that allows them to thrive in the classroom, in the art room, and in the lab.
“Marylanders deserve energy, ideas and innovation from its U.S. Senators as we navigate together the next six years,” Christina said. “The citizens of this state, from the Eastern Shore to the Alleghany mountains, care about their jobs, their families and their neighbors. By electing me as the next U.S. Senator representing Maryland, they will have a tireless advocate who is passionately committed to ensuring that Maryland’s voice is finally heard in Washington.”
Christina is a Baltimore native who graduated from a Baltimore County high school and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from the George Washington University. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1996 with honors and was presented with an award given to the outstanding member of the graduating law school class whose leadership, scholarship, and moral character are representative of the high ideals of the legal profession. She is a practicing Catholic and taught religious education for 11 years at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Currently, Christina is a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm, and focuses her practice on banking and finance. Christina has been very active in a number of community organizations and has assumed leadership roles in connection with numerous volunteer commitments. She resides in Bethesda with her husband, Chris, and their three teenaged children.
Christina’s father legally emigrated to this country from Poland and served in the U.S. Army before employment as a steelworker with Armco Steel (Baltimore City). Her mother is a native of Baltimore City and is retired from the State of Maryland’s Public Service Commission.
There is currently no woman representing Maryland in the U.S. Congress.
The Maryland primary election is June 26, 2018; the general election is November 6, 2018.
Contact: Nancy Graham at (202) 270-2481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.