Roughly two months remain before the primary election, with early voting starting on July 7 and Election Day arriving on July 19. Who are the candidates on this year’s ballot? The Voice asked each of them to submit a short bio to share their respective backgrounds and priorities.
Here are candidates for the Maryland Senate in District 33.
In addition to being a candidate for Senate in District 33, Dawn Gile is an experienced business attorney and an award-winning advocate for veterans and military families. She has long devoted her time to public service, including having served as president of Military Spouse JD Network, an organization dedicated to serving the military and veteran community by expanding employment opportunities for military spouses and providing pro bono legal services for Gold Star families and veteran caregivers. Gile also serves as secretary of Vigilant Torch Association and Foundation, an organization that provides emergency relief assistance and scholarships to veterans and military families. Along with her nonprofit leadership, Gile serves on the board of trustees for Rockford University and is involved in strategic planning and financial oversight for the university. Gile is also active in her community and volunteers for the Severna Park Elementary School PTA.
Gile decided to run for office after seeing a need for more effective representation on four key priorities: providing greater support for working families, strengthening environmental protections, helping local businesses thrive, and investing in our public schools. In particular, Gile is a supporter of paid family and medical leave as well as expanded access to affordable, quality child care. Additionally, as a mother of three, she cares deeply about ensuring that every child has the chance to learn and thrive in a safe environment, and she will work to provide resources that our schools and communities need. Most importantly, Gile is committed to serving with integrity and responsiveness to constituent needs.
Gile’s husband, Sergeant Major D.J. Gile, has been serving active duty in the U.S. Army for 23 years. They reside in the Olde Severna Park community of Severna Park, along with their three daughters. More information about Gile is at her website: www.dawngile.com.
Sid Saab was born and raised in Lebanon. Having escaped a warzone, Saab immigrated to the United States at 19 years old for the freedoms, economic opportunities and human rights afforded by this great country. Every immigrant has their story that makes it an American story – a dream that became reality and should not be given up on.
Delegate Saab has been the voice, eyes and ears in Annapolis for his constituents since 2015. For eight years, he has supported Governor Larry Hogan’s education funding plans and crime reduction initiatives. Saab has also opposed tax increases on working families; supported tax relief for retirees, veterans and disabled law enforcement; and supported environmental initiatives. He understands the challenges of being a small-business owner and has worked on improving the state’s business climate to provide good jobs for the people of Maryland. Saab has fought hard to improve government transparency/accountability and promote access to behavioral/mental health services. Further, he has been a champion against elder abuse and unequivocally supports our armed forces and veterans. He works hard to depolarize politics and reinvigorate civil discourse to ultimately find common ground for the benefit of Marylanders.
As a husband and father of three children, he knows the importance of good schools and safe neighborhoods. Marylanders are truly concerned about crime spilling over into their neighborhoods and how they’re going to sustain their families during serious inflation. More can be done. His office is known for its quality of constituent service, having helped resolve an array of issues from unemployment claims to filling potholes.
Saab is running for state Senate and is here to show you that the American dream is alive and well. Like every generation, the American dream faces challenges – even here in Maryland. He is not done giving back to the country that gave to him.
For more information, visit www.sidsaab.com.
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