Del. Aisha Braveboy (D-25) is running for attorney general with the hopes of representing those people who have suffered from injustice.
“I’m running to bring justice for Marylanders,” said Braveboy. “My campaign platform is about ensuring that the Attorney General’s office is a true representation for the people in the state of Maryland, that we ensure that the civil rights and liberties of all Marylanders are enjoyed, that Maryland consumers are protected, that the people provide equity and fairness in our agencies and government, higher education and K-12 education, these are the issues are important to me as a person, as a legislator, and as a lawyer.”
Braveboy’s campaign suffered setbacks recently when Prince George’s CountyExecutive Rushern Baker III and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks endorsed one of Braveboy’s opponents, Sen. Brian Frosh (D-16).
However, Braveboy did pick up an endorsement of her own from Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D).
Braveboy said her main strength is her ability to find solutions to solve issues.
One of those issues which Braveboy would like to address involves the speed camera program. Maryland drivers are at risk of receiving tickets from speed cameras not being properly calibrated, Braveboy said.
In particular, Braveboy said she wants to fix the accuracy of speed cameras in the town of Morningside where there have been numerous complaints the speed camera devices are not calibrated properly and therefore not accurately recording a car’s actual speed.
“A couple of drivers videotaped their speedometer as they were going through a speed camera,” Braveboy said. “It appeared that they were going under the speed limit however they were both clocked at 43 mph which was over the speed limit. So the Attorney General’s office should be involved in investigating complaints that speed cameras are not calibrated properly and it usually costs drivers hundreds of dollars in fines that they should not be getting.”
Braveboy sponsored a bill in this year’s legislative session to give oversight of speed camera programs to the Attorney General’s Office, but the bill died in committee.
Braveboy is actively involved in improving civil rights issues such as in the case of Farm Road in Sandy Spring.
The residents along Farm Road fought to get addresses for their properties in order to build, Braveboy said. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which is responsible for issuing addresses, refused to recognize the old “Farm Road” and would not issue the property owners addresses.
“The land owners discovered the road they used to access their property for more than 100 years was not recognized by Montgomery County as an actual road,” Braveboy said. “(Park and Planning) actually refused to provide an address and basically said it wasn’t their problem.”
Braveboy, the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, made it her problem and took actions to help the Farm Road residents.
“When I found out about this issue in May of last year I thought, ‘This is ridiculous. We can’t have people who are paying taxes unable to enjoy their property like any other taxpayer,’” Braveboy said. “So I held a meeting in the community and I invited all of the government agencies that were involved in the denial, I also invited the community to come which they did. Over 100 people attended and we took testimony from the residents on the farm road, the government agencies and community activists and as a result of the hearing, what I discovered is that the county and the state denied these individuals their right for reasons that weren’t good reasons. We said within the next 60 days, we’re going to come up with a mechanism to provide addressees for the record and we were able to come up with a really good option. So within two months after I got involved, they had addresses.”
Braveboy has worked on issues of fairness and justice the entire time she’s been in the General Assembly. Two issues which Braveboy hopes to address if she becomes the next attorney general are raising the minimum wage for temporary workers and expunging criminal records to give people a second chance.
The General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017, but according to Braveboy there is unfinished business.
“We tried to propose to raise the wage for temporary workers, many of them have children. So we have to do a lot better in terms of raising our minimum wage that will impact the lives of all workers,” said Braveboy. “We want to raise people out of poverty and temporary workers are more likely to live in poverty than any other type of workers so that’s something we have to continually do and as attorney general I’ll use my platform to promote fairness and raising wages for Maryland workers.”
Braveboy said she supports expunging records because she believes the state cannot keep incarcerating people for crimes such as possession of a small amount of marijuna.
“Depending on the type of offense you have, if it’s a violent misdemeanor offense, we want to make sure those individuals have a second chance to get it right.”
Braveboy said her experience dealing with issues and coming up with solutions is what sets her apart from the other candidates for attorney general—Frosh and Del. Jon Cardin (D-11).
“What I offer is someone who knows how to get things done, who knows how to deliver justice for people, who has experience in delivering justice for people and who is committed to delivering justice for people,” Braveboy said. “That’s what you need in an Attorney General and that’s what I offer.”