Maryland Matters invited the 2022 candidates for governor to answer the following question:
In 300 words or less, please share your vision for your first 100 days in office. Please include individual policy priorities and specific actions you will commit to take if you are elected.
The response from Ralph Jaffe (D):
1. Implementation of Jaffe Tutor-Mentor TEAM Program throughout Maryland — designed for students in all walks of life in need of help — special focus on students a step away from dropping out of school, turning to the streets, and resorting to criminal activity. Revolutionary, never been done before, the program has the potential for strengthening bonds between young and old alike, giving students attention, love, care and help that enable them to be productive citizens.
I would call a conference comprised of major religious leaders in Maryland to help get the program off the ground.
2. Specific plan for dealing with unrelenting surge in violence in Baltimore City — Among things I would consider is calling out the National Guard, temporary basis, but also an extended period of time.
Because it’s essential to listen to constituents I would work with community activist, Markida Walker, who has 20 years of police experience. Her plan — place more of an authoritative presence of federal and state government agencies — Department of Justice, FBI, MD State Police, Sheriff’s Office of Baltimore City — instead of the National Guard, on to Baltimore City streets. Although skeptical of the outcome, I would be willing to try her proposal for 3 months because again, listening to constituents is imperative.
No question about it — there’s severe shortage of police. Constituents are saying more need to be patrolling streets. The media are always claiming they are part of our community and are working for us. Therefore, I would ask all forms of media — TV and radio stations, newspapers, magazines, etc. – to participate in rotating annual telethons — with the money raised going toward the hiring of more police officers.
3. Introduction of a bill, SIX TO ONE — That is, no more than six patients receiving care from 1 nurse’s aide, to improve quality of life for people in nursing homes.