Kathy Szeliga Brings Experience and Dedication to U.S. Senate Campaign
By Dan McHugh
In the race for the open U.S. Senate seat left by the upcoming retirement of Sen. Barbara Mikulski, State Delegate Kathy Szeliga is running as a candidate who can get things done. Szeliga, who became Minority Whip in the House of Delegates a scant two years after joining the General Assembly, is currently the highest ranking Republican woman in the state legislature and as such, is viewed as a rising star in many circles.
One of her major concerns is that “government has gotten too big, too distant and too gridlocked. Yet somehow they find the time to chip away at our liberties and drive up the debt.” Although Szeliga’s campaign focuses on beefing up national security and the education system, she is also concerned about repairing Maryland’s infrastructure, and plans to lessen the burden of doctors in dealing with regulations and paperwork. Another priority is improving the image of law enforcement, which has been unfairly tarnished by negative media publicity.
Before her election to the House of Delegates in 2013, Szeliga served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Andy Harris when he was in the State Senate. Today, he describes her as “exactly who we need fighting for us in the U.S. Senate to give power back to everyday people who feel like the government is no longer on their side.”
Meanwhile, former GOP gubernatorial candidate and respected political figure Ellen Sauerbrey has noted that Szeliga’s candidacy “brings integrity, courage and common sense” to the campaign, adding that “she’s going to be a great senator.”
Delegate Szeliga’s campaign website focuses on her consistent record of delivering what she promises to the people of Maryland. And while standing up for her conservative principles, she’s not afraid to reach across the aisle in order to move forward. Her colleagues in the House know that she is someone that can get things done – and that is exactly what is needed in Washington.
While winning this race in blue Maryland is definitely a tall order, miracles have been known to happen, especially since GOP Governor Larry Hogan was elected in 2014 and now enjoys a 70 percent approval rating.
With this in mind, Delegate Kathy Szeliga is hoping to duplicate the Hogan miracle in the upcoming GOP primary on April 26th.