Offering the Morning Prayer on the House Floor

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This morning, I had my first opportunity to formally speak on the floor and I choose to share a message about the importance of inclusiveness and empowerment. We often throw around the term “diversity,” but simply acknowledging differences rings hollow if not coupled with the action of inclusion and engagement. So today in that spirit, I offered this prayer written collectively by our district faith leaders: by Rabbi Charles Arian of Kehilot Shalom, Imam of the Islamic Center of Germantown Amman Najjar, and the pastoral staff of the Covenant Methodist church.

Colleagues, Thank you allowing me to join with you in fellowship this morning.

Please bow your heads.

God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country — for its government, and for all who exercise just authority.

Creator of all flesh, bless all the inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. May all races and creeds forge a common bond in true harmony, to banish hatred and bigotry, and to safeguard the true ideals and free institutions that are the pride of our country.

God of all yesterdays and all tomorrows, today we are reminded that you made us all from the same colorless clay and you intentionally made us all different. Not to incite dischord, but to give us the opportunity to learn from each other.

“God of many colors and many signs, as the old ways disappear and we extend our hands to forge new unions, let your love cast out our fears and renew our hope as we strive to be an influence for good throughout the world, uniting all people in peace and freedom. And let us say, Amen.


We’re starting our fourth week of session and things are heating up!

Within a few days of swearing in, I cosponsored my first bill, which gives all sexual assault survivors the opportunity to file a restraining order against their attacker, and even introduced a bill of my own! This legislation — a direct result of feedback in the community — provides those who are disabled with eligibility for at least $30 in food stamps each month.

I’ve got three more bills in the works this session too, that aim to:
- Strengthen Maryland’s weak child pornography laws to be as tough as those at the federal level.
- Keep children safe by creating a permanent fine for driving around a stopped school bus. 
-Train all Maryland’s police to identify and properly respond to hate crimes.

The hearing for the disability bill is on Feb. 5, and we’ll send out some ways for you to support the legislation next week. Stay tuned!

Thanks for your support,
Lesley

PS- I’d love to hear your insights on what legislation we should be working on in Annapolis and about what’s happening in your neighborhood. My official email (Lesley.Lopez@house.state.md.us) is working now, so drop me a line.

PPS- Check out some of the press clips (!!) about our work.

Washington Post included me in an article about several young women who were starting as leaders in Annapolis. It’s an honor to be featured along side the youngest Senator ever elected Sarah Elferth and my Emerge sister Wanika Fisher. These ladies inspire me everyday.

Master of her Craft podcast, hosted by the phenomenal Colette Breyer, asked me ahow being from a military family taught me about public service. In short, it taught me everything!

I was proud to stand with several legislators against a gas pipeline through the western region of our state and also urge the Metro to restore regular hours so that up county residents can have full access to public transit. Team work makes the dream work!

Wedding bells and ballots 👰💍🎩

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After winning the primary on June 26, I took a day or two to regroup...and then it was a sprint of wedding planning details with Rich! It's been a busy few months, in the best of ways.

On a rainy Sunday evening, Rich and I exchanged vows in Chevy Chase, surrounded by our family and friends. My sister, Samantha (bottom left photo), was my maid of honor. Here's a few snapshots of our big day. 

Running for office is hard for candidates, and the stress has a ripple effect on those closest around us. Rich deserves a lot of props for being such a great partner and learning how to navigate this new arena with me.

Can't say thank you enough to people who have supported the campaign and at the top of the list is my new husband. 

Many thanks again and now back to our regular programming!
Lesley 

We won!

Wow! We did it! This was a tough race from the start, and yet we still made the impossible possible.

First time candidates only have about a 10% chance of winning.  These odds make it even more exciting to tell you that I was the top vote earner in a field of seven candidates. The fact that I was the only woman and that every cent in contributions came from individual donors is icing on the cake. 

2018 Primary Results



To the voters of District 39: thank you for giving me the honor to represent you. As you saw in this campaign, I give 100% and I don't plan on stopping. 

To supporters near and far: Every bit of your help got us to this place. Your postcards, calls, contributions, afternoons at the doors-- all helped to share my vision with D39 voters.  From the beginning, I wanted to run a truly grassroots campaign, not just one marketed as such.  Because of your support, our campaign not only won the most votes, but helped ignite new energy in the community.

I particularly want to thank my campaign manager Adam Finkel and treasurer Carly Brockinton. Campaigns come down to wrangling a million details. These two were the dream team and I'm so lucky to count them as friends.

Sen. Nancy King and Dels. Shane Robinson and Kirill Reznik have been such amazing running mates. Their mentorship has been invaluable. This victory is bittersweet though because Shane won't be returning to Annapolis. There's no doubt his unparalleled leadership on environmental issues will continue, albeit in a new role.   

There's so many folks who stepped up to lend a hand. I won't start to name names because if I accidentally left someone out I would feel horrible. But you know who you are and I am forever grateful.

Thank you again for everything. My heart is full and I'm ready to get to work.