Who am I?

My name is Tom Coale. I am a 32 year old attorney, community advocate, and, most importantly, a doer. I am coming to this election after 15 years of collective nonprofit Board service across five community-focused organizations. Through this experience, I've seen first-hand the needs and aspirations of Ellicott City, the community I hope to represent in the Maryland House of Delegates.

I graduated from Georgetown University Law Center on the "Pro Bono" honor roll and have since used my legal training to help recently released ex-offenders and homeless families. I firmly believe that the law can be a tool of achievement instead of simply a reminder of past mistakes. I will take that approach to writing the law and reach back to the ingenuity of interested citizens to make the law work.

Why am I running?

Maryland is about to experience the highest turnover in the General Assembly in my lifetime. That provides a mandate for change. While Maryland has a legacy of staying on the forefront of social change, we can do much more to engage our citizens and give them greater access to their government. I want to leverage technology to provide those opportunities for people interested in their government and dedicated to creating positive change.

I am a connector. That is my base interest in running for office and serving in Annapolis. I am running to help lift up all those who have been discouraged from involvement by the bulk and obtuse nature of state government.

My Goals

1. Citizen Engagement - even as a freshman Delegate, I can change the way people experience their government and understand its activities. I intend to increase opportunities for citizen engagement through technology within my first month of office.

2. Environmental Protection - we need to respect the civil rights of future generations by protecting and preserving our environment. I am dedicated to moving Maryland's energy into the 21st Century, decreasing carbon emissions, and making Maryland a model for taking on the challenges of climate change.

3. Increase Opportunity - throughout my private life, I have always been concerned with how our laws limit the potential of our friends and neighbors. We can do much more through affordable education, removal of legal obstacles, and small business support to lift people out of poverty.

My DFA Values

Community - This is where I'm coming from. With over 15 years of collective nonprofit board service, I am nothing if not a community advocate. We are all interested in doing right by the most vulnerable. The key is to do it in a way that works with measurable results.

Security - Any plan for the future that does not incorporate a responsible approach to carbon emissions and Climate Change is incomplete. I am committed to making Maryland a model for green economies across the Country.

Liberty - Our efforts for collective action will not work if we ignore or trample the liberty of our fellow citizens. We must work together cooperatively with respect for the individual qualities, characteristics, and beliefs. My campaign is focused on making the tent larger and bringing more people onto our team.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Over 80% of all contributions to my campaign are for $100 or less. My last fundraiser had a ticket price of $25. We have dedicated ourselves to a grassroots campaign and will continue to make that a focus of our outreach efforts.

I am also proud to note that our second campaign event was a "Service Event". We recruited volunteers to help pick 100 lbs of fresh produce from the Community Garden for the Howard County food bank. We plan to hold another Service Event this spring.

Voice support

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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