Progressive Maryland Endorses Three Candidates for Municipal Races this 2023 Election

Annapolis, MD – Progressive Maryland is proud to issue an endorsement of three exceptional candidates for this year's municipal races. The candidates are Iyamide House for Bowie City Council (District 3),Izola Shaw for Rockville City Council At-Large, and Martin Mitchell for Laurel Mayor of the City of Laurel.

Municipal races play a pivotal role in shaping the very fabric of our communities, directly impacting the day-to-day lives of residents and influencing the direction of local policies. “We have selected candidates who are committed to creating positive change and amplifying the voices of those often unheard “ said Larry Stafford, Executive Director of Progressive Maryland. “We wholeheartedly believe that House, Mitchell, and Shaw have the vision and determination to create positive change and usher in a new era of progress for Bowie, Laurel, and Rockville.”

With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by everyday individuals, Iyamide House's platform is a testament to her dedication to advancing a range of critical issues that touch the lives of Bowie residents such as education equity, affordable housing, community safety, economic growth and environmental justice. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Iyamide House's lifelong work in community service showcases her dedication to Bowie's well-being. Her lived experiences, combined with her professional expertise, position her as an advocate who truly understands the needs of the people she aims to serve.

Izola Shaw's tireless work in promoting environmental sustainability and advocating for marginalized communities has also earned her the endorsement of Progressive Maryland. Her emphasis on transparent and accountable governance, combined with her passion for improving the lives of Rockville residents, makes her a standout candidate for the Rockville City Council.

Martin Mitchell's extensive experience in advocacy, coupled with his visionary approach to sustainable urban development, positions him as an outstanding candidate for the role ofMayor. Mitchell's vision for Laurel is one that embraces diversity, promotes safety, and seeks to address the unique challenges faced by its residents. Mitchell's noteworthy efforts in advocating for rent stabilization and supporting collective bargaining for municipal employees further highlight his dedication to fair and equitable governance. His endorsements by Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Councilman Will Jawando, and Councilwoman Krystal Oriadha underscore his broad-based support from leaders who recognize his dedication to the community. We are proud to endorse Martin Mitchell for Laurel Mayor and believe he has the qualities required to lead Laurel into a prosperous and equitable future.

“These candidates represent the embodiment of community-driven leadership,” said Christianne Marguerite, Director of Communications at Progressive Maryland. “Their passion, dedication, and visionary approaches align with Progressive Maryland's mission to build communities that reflect the values of equity, justice, and progress. Iyamide House, Izola Shaw, and Martin Mitchell are not just names on a ballot; they are the promise of forward-thinking governance. By supporting these candidates, we collectively take a step towards building municipalities that work for everyone, leaving no one behind.” 

Progressive Maryland has a track record of successfully building popular support for progressive candidates and has achieved numerous electoral victories across the state.