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 Tom Perez (D):
From the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, to assaults on Marylander’s fundamental rights, to the scourge of violence, Maryland’s next governor must be the multitasker — and implementer — in chief. A proud member of the “GSD” wing of the Democratic Party, I’m ready to get stuff done.
Maryland continues to grapple with the public health and economic fallout the pandemic has wrought. As President Obama’s labor secretary, I was a key member of the team that created millions of middle-class jobs following the Great Recession. We will help build Maryland’s middle class by fully-funding the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, investing in critical transportation projects — including the Purple Line, the Red Line in Baltimore, and Southern Maryland Rapid Transit — creating a statewide climate and resiliency coordinator to work across government and support clean energy job creation, and continue Maryland’s public health response.
We will fulfill the vision of Dr. King, who said “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Right now over 370,000 Marylanders remain without coverage. We need to get to 100 percent — and I have a plan to do it. With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, we will introduce a Constitutional amendment to further enshrine the fundamental right to abortion into the fabric of our laws and work with the Attorney General so Maryland defends any provider sued by other states for providing care.
A former federal prosecutor, I understand how to build meaningful partnerships to reduce violence — because I’ve done it. As governor, I’ll ensure the state is an ally, not an adversary, by serving a collaborative partner to bring local, state, and federal leaders — and resources — together to ramp-up staffing and support for parole or probation officers, combat the gun violence epidemic, and reduce violence.