Campaign Update | August 30, 2021

August 30, 2021

The summer is coming to an end, and I want to take the opportunity to update you on the campaign. I have crisscrossed the state these past few months, meeting with voters to discuss Maryland’s future. The momentum is building, and I am humbled by the outpouring of support.

Marylanders want good-paying jobs. We want to live in a state where it’s affordable to raise a family or build a business. And we need tax relief so we can afford to retire here.

We want our children to receive a world-class education. Teachers and parents agree we need to hold school systems accountable and make sure all available resources go directly to the classroom – and that our children are there too. 

And we need to feel safe in our communities. Marylanders want a governor who is not afraid to be tough on violent crime and who will support the men and women in law enforcement. 

August was a busy month, and I want to fill you in on some of the highlights.

It’s fair season here in Maryland, and I was thrilled my first stop was the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair, where I toured the livestock sale and spent time visiting friends at the Queen Anne’s Republican Club.

We also visited the Howard County Fair where we walked in a parade. And just yesterday, I attended the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. 

This August I was invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Change Maryland at the annual Cavey Pig Roast in Hampstead. We have come a long way in the past 7 years, and it was great to talk about how to build on our past successes to build a brighter future in Maryland. 

Not to mention, the BBQ was amazing!

Few things are more important to me than grassroots activism. It’s where I got my start in politics and I am so inspired by the passion I see from the grassroots community.

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Republican Clubs of Carroll and Garrett counties where we discussed important topics like education reform and reducing the retirement tax. 

I also had a great time with old friends at the Baltimore County Central Committee Picnic!

I was truly inspired to see the work being done on behalf of children at Sweet Bay Magnolia Academy in Stevensville. These incredible professionals provide educational opportunities for kids and provide parents with options that best suit the needs of their children. 

While in Denton for Summerfest, I visited some local favorites like Clayton Farms, Bullock’s Deli and the Denton Market Street Pub. I even picked up a new collar for my 18-year-old dog, Scout, just in time for National Dog Day! 

I have also had great policy discussions, including with the Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association. It’s critical that we continue to update and expand Maryland’s infrastructure needs, and I am committed to funding infrastructure projects without raising taxes.

We have also continued to roll out endorsements from other elected Republicans in the state.  I am humbled to call these people friends and colleagues and to have the formal endorsements of Senator George Edwards, Commissioner Ed Rothstein, Senator Jack Bailey, Delegate Chris Adams, Delegate Kevin Hornberger, Senator Paul Corderman, Senator Justin Ready, Senator Ed Reilly, Delegate Susan Krebs, Senator Addie Eckardt, Delegate Brenda Thiam, Senator Mary Beth Carozza, Delegate Mike Griffith, and Delegate Kathy Szeliga.

Maryland is at a crossroads, we either continue the fight or we go backward. We simply cannot afford higher taxes, less police, or unions running our education systems. I am committed to stand with you to fight for Maryland’s future and hope you will join me today.

We are just getting started, and I look forward to working with you in partnership as I become your next governor.

State Senator Jack Bailey Endorses Kelly Schulz for Governor

August 17, 2021

The Kelly Schulz for Governor campaign today announced that Maryland State Senator Jack Bailey (District 29) from Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties endorsed Kelly Schulz for governor. This is the twelfth endorsement Kelly Schulz has received from Maryland elected officials since launching her campaign in April.

“I could not be prouder and more excited to have Jack’s support, and we welcome him to our team of Marylanders dedicated to making sure we keep our state moving in the right direction,” said Maryland gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schulz. “He is a strong voice for Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties and has a proven record of making Maryland a better place to live. Together, we will fight for lower taxes, full funding of our police, and ensure good-paying jobs are available for all Marylanders.”

“I am proud to endorse Kelly Schulz as our next governor. Without question, Kelly is the best candidate to lead our state forward into the future,” said Jack Bailey. “She has been an important partner in supporting Southern Maryland and our economic development throughout her career. This exemplifies her commitment to fostering a strong economy in Southern Maryland and throughout our state.”

Additional endorsements include:

  • Senator Mary Beth Carozza (District 38) – Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties
  • Senator Addie Eckardt (District 37) – Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, & Wicomico Counties
  • Senator Paul Corderman (District 2) – Washington County
  • Senator Justin Ready (District 5) – Carroll County
  • Senator Edward Reilly (District 33) – Anne Arundel County
  • Delegate Chris Adams (District 37B)– Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties
  • Delegate Mike Griffith (District 35B) – Cecil & Harford Counties
  • Delegate Kevin Hornberger (District 35A) – Cecil County
  • Delegate Susan Krebs (District 5) – Carroll County
  • Delegate Kathy Szeliga (District 7) – Baltimore & Harford Counties
  • Delegate Brenda Thiam (District 2B) – Washington County

Kelly Schulz for Governor Releases Statement on New Vaccination Protocols for State Employees

August 7, 2021

Today, the Kelly Schulz for Governor campaign released the following statement in response to the new vaccination protocols for state employees:

“From the beginning of this pandemic, making sure the elderly and people with disabilities were protected from the virus was a top priority, and Maryland was right to focus on those populations. They were, and still are, the most at risk from COVID,” said gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schulz.

“Governor Hogan presented a choice to state-employed health care workers to either test more often and wear a mask or get the vaccine. There must be a very clear line between reasonable actions like this, and other actions that would infringe on Marylanders’ rights and liberties. When we require a vaccine mandate with no other options, we are forcing people to do what they are not comfortable with. That is something I will never support, and something I will actively fight against. I believe it is a bad precedent for the government to make very personal health choices for Marylanders.

“These last 18 months have been hard on everyone. I chose to get vaccinated because it was the right decision for me, and I encourage everyone who can, to do the same. The only way out of this is to keep moving forward, make the best decisions for you and your family, and be kind to your neighbors and fellow Marylanders.”


Kelly Schulz for Governor Releases Statement on School Mask Mandates

August 6, 2021

Today, the Kelly Schulz for Governor campaign released the following statement in response to the mask mandates in local school systems:

“Imposing mask mandates on the general public when nearly 80 percent of Marylanders are vaccinated does not follow the science and is a clear step backward in our effort to get back to normal,” said gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schulz. “These new mandates have little to do with creating better health outcomes and everything to do with appeasing far-left political activists. At this point, wearing a mask should be a choice for those that have ongoing health concerns, not a mandate for the general population.”

“Masks and lockdowns won’t defeat COVID – vaccines will. I encourage everyone who isn’t vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.”


Kelly Schulz Announces Candidacy for Governor of Maryland

April 14, 2021

Today, Kelly Schulz announced her candidacy for Governor.  Kelly is a mother, small business owner and the current Secretary of Commerce for Maryland.

She said, “The past year has been incredibly tough for us all, but the perseverance and fortitude I’ve seen from Marylanders across our great state has been awe-inspiring. Their strength has inspired me to run for governor and, if given the opportunity, I will serve the people of Maryland with tireless dedication.”

Schulz serves as Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce and previously served as Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. She was a small business owner in the cybersecurity industry and also a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Schulz continued, “We’ve come a long way over the past few years, but there is still work to be done. I want us – together – to build on our past successes and fulfill the great promise and potential for the next generation.

“From Western Maryland to Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, and my hometown of Frederick, we will chart a better and brighter future for us all.”

Schulz is running to be the nominee of the Republican Party. The primary is scheduled to take place on June 28, 2022.