Issues

Building a Better Baltimore for Everyone

Brooke Lierman is running for Delegate because she believes Baltimore can be better, and Baltimore can do better. As our representative in Annapolis, she will fight for the families and neighborhoods of District 46 to make sure our City is receiving the resources we need to thrive, not just survive. From Cherry Hill to Canton and from Locust Point to Fell’s Point, Brooke will be the voice our communities need representing us in Annapolis. She will work to build a better Baltimore, and a better Maryland.

Baltimore is only as strong as its neighborhoods, and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods is the key to the City’s future.  Fortunately, we have a strong network of community groups in place in many neighborhoods.  These groups provide excellent starting points for strengthening our community. But they cannot regrow neighborhoods on their own – they need and deserve support from government and elected officials.  Brooke believes that our government should always be focused on strengthening our communities. 

Brooke and her husband Eben are committed to raising their family in Baltimore and sending their son to Baltimore City public schools. Brooke understands the challenges that Baltimore parents face and believes that safe, quality public schools are the foundation for attracting and keeping families in the City.  Brooke will fight to ensure that all parents in District 46 have access to strong neighborhood elementary, middle, and high schools.  She is dedicated to making sure that every public school in the district has the highest quality teachers and principals, and provides a safe learning environment for our children.

Brooke is passionately committed to workers’ rights. As an attorney, she has represented many hard-working Marylanders whose rights have been violated. She fought for and won back pay for the employees of the ESPN Zone who were laid off in violation of the federal WARN Act, and is currently representing school bus drivers in Baltimore who are owed overtime pay.

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Brooke in the race for State Delegate.  Brooke believes the State must take the lead in setting and enforcing forward-thinking environmental policy. She will protect the health of the environment in our neighborhoods by:

Brooke believes that strong public transportation is one key to making Baltimore a city where everyone can thrive.  We should be proud of our dense, walkable neighborhoods – but we must acknowledge that our public transit is not what we need it to be.  We have many great public transportation options in Baltimore - buses, the Circulator, the light rail, the water taxi, and the subway - but they're not always reliable and accessible, so many people continue to depend on cars to get from home to work and from neighborhood to neighborhood. 

Brooke will work to bring high-quality jobs to Baltimore City. Brooke understands and appreciates that a robust private sector is critical to Baltimore's long term success, to create high quality jobs in the City, expand the tax base, and to leverage our existing assets, including outstanding research institutions. Brooke will support efforts to help existing companies thrive as well as support the creation of new Baltimore companies. In particular, Brooke calls for the exploration of the creation of an Innovation District, as recommended by a recent Abell Foundation report, to encourage and facilitate greater connections between innovative companies and entrepreneurs, and strengthen the developing "innovation ecosystem" in Baltimore. Brooke will also support programs that bridge the gap between Baltimore's world leading research institutions, our excellent graduate and undergraduate students, and private sector growth in the City.

Along with others who worked hard for marriage equality, Brooke celebrates the passage of Question 6, but also understands that our nation’s ongoing struggle towards full equality for all is still a work in progress. Brooke volunteered her own time to help ensure passage of marriage equality and will continue to be an active ally and passionate supporter of full inclusion for the LGBT community. She will be a strong voice in the General Assembly on all aspects of civil rights for all who live in Maryland.

Brooke knows that housing policy is a force underlying so many of the other challenges we face as a City:

Brooke has a strong understanding of the challenges many Baltimoreans have faced in accessing affordable high quality health insurance; as someone who lives with a chronic (and pre-existing) condition, she herself has struggled to stay insured continuously. Brooke has also seen her mother, a nurse practitioner at a Federally-Qualified Community Health Center, struggle to help her patients find and pay for high quality care.