Welcome

My name is Charlotte Crutchfield and I am running for the “vacant” Maryland House of Delegates seat for District 19.

My campaign will focus on building a stronger community for all my neighbors in District 19.

My goal is to work in Annapolis to improve life and foster the growth and prosperity of my neighbors.

I enter this race with the support of elected officials and community members who know how deeply rooted I am in District 19 and who know that I have worked tirelessly and with great joy for the District 19 community for many years:

“I strongly believe Charlotte Crutchfield should be your choice for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 19. It is important to have someone who truly knows District 19 and the many issues that are vital to the entire community. Charlotte has raised and continues to raise her family in the District 19 community and has been extremely active in a variety of volunteer, civic, PTA and Democratic Party activities. I have personally observed Charlotte’s outstanding leadership and work as a member of the Montgomery County Merit System Protection Board and her substantial work with the Montgomery County Council. Charlotte is highly respected, uniquely qualified and will be an effective Delegate. I wholeheartedly endorse Charlotte Crutchfield for District 19 Delegate”.  The Honorable Isiah “Ike” Leggett, Montgomery County Executive

You are the Community.  I hope you will use this website to view my background and learn my views on the important issues facing our community.

Our Community.  Our Voice.

By Authority:  Friends of Charlotte Crutchfield,  Carlita McIlwain, Treasurer.

 

WHO IS CHARLOTTE?

  • Charlotte is the mother of a daughter, who recently graduated from college and a high school age son.
  • Charlotte is a military widow. Her husband served as an officer in the United States Public Health Service.
  • Charlotte’s family has lived in Montgomery County for over 100 years and she has lived in District 19 for over 15 years.
  • Charlotte is an attorney and has been a member of the Maryland State Bar for more than 25 years.  She served the community as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County. Charlotte’s current practice area is Employment Law.
  • Charlotte was appointed by the Montgomery County Council to serve a three-year term on the Merit System Protection Board (2014-2017), where she was responsible for protecting county employee’s rights. She ended her term as Chair.
  • Charlotte is a public servant, she was elected by the voters of District 19 to represent them as a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.
  • Charlotte has been a member of various Democratic Clubs including President of the Legislative District 19 Democratic Club and an Executive Board member for the Woman’s Democratic Club (Formerly Woman’s Suburban Democratic Club).
  • Charlotte has served her community as Parliamentarian for the Potomac Valley Section, National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Board Member of the Tivoli Home Owners Association, Girl Scout Leader, and with membership in the N.A.A.C.P, National Organization for Women, Montgomery County Bar Association, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, the Howard University Alumni Club of Montgomery County, and the Kemp Mill Toastmasters’ Club.
  • Charlotte was President of the Glenallan Elementary School PTA and has been a member of the PTSA Executive Boards at Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School and John F. Kennedy High School.
  • Charlotte obtained her BA from Howard University and her JD from Boston College Law School.

Our Community.  Our Voice.

By Authority:  Friends of Charlotte Crutchfield,  Carlita McIlwain, Treasurer.

CHARLOTTE’S PRIORITIES:

I am a Progressive Democrat and I will focus on the following priorities which affect my neighbors in District 19:

Strong Public Schools for All:

A Community is strong when it has strong schools.

Education must be a priority.  We need adequate funding for school construction, expansion of Pre-K, increase the per pupil expenditure to offset inflation and to give our teachers more autonomy to develop teaching methods suitable for all learning styles.  We must also understand that the students that compose the school system are increasingly diverse and we must, therefore, implement programs that recognize that diversity and allows all students a fair opportunity to succeed.  This will begin to close the problem of the “achievement gap” and other problems our schools are presently experiencing. Let’s make sure our community thrives and we support our children with legislation that will:

  • Get kids out of trailers and into classrooms
  • Increase graduation rates
  • Expand access to college prep classes
  • Recruit and retain quality teachers

An Economy that works for Everybody in our Community:

We need to ensure that working families have a livable wage.

A livable minimum wage is just the beginning.  These same working families need affordable housing.  These same working families need improved access to affordable child care and after school care options.  Let’s put in place legislation that will support our working families and community:

  • Raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Equal pay for women

Safe and Healthy Communities:

Our communities are safe and healthy when our rights are protected, when the diversity of our community is valued and protected, when we feel safe in our community, when we protect our older neighbors and value their continued contribution to our community, when affordable healthcare is made available to all and when we protect our environment. This requires prompt and immediate attention in our community with legislation that will:

  • Ensure access to healthcare for women and families
  • Continue to protect a woman’s reproductive rights and right to choose
  • Promote equality and provide strong sanctions and/or penalties for people, businesses or organizations that seek to discriminate
  • Protect our older neighbors from predatory businesses and ensure they have affordable housing and healthcare
  • End gun violence
  • Promote repair, maintenance and construction of streets and roadways along with a common sense transportation system
  • Enhance our recycle efforts and promote clean, safe and renewable energy

Our Community.  Our Voice.

By Authority:  Friends of Charlotte Crutchfield,  Carlita McIlwain, Treasurer.