As the hearing to fill the 12th council district vacancy, left by current Council President Bernard ‘Jack’ Young, is only a day away -Tuesday February 23- one hopeful is garnering a lot of attention through her structured e-campaign of city supporters.
Ertha Harris, the 50-year young single mother who has been involved in almost every major organizing event this city has seen, since her days of helping organize the Million Man March, has not only submitted her name for consideration, but has mobilized some other notable city leaders to advocate their support of her candidacy.
From her emails and campaign-styled information:
Born in Baltimore on September 7, 1959. She is one of 10 Children raised by a single mother. She graduated from Carver High School, where she was a member of the basketball, track, and gymnastics teams. Ertha was student council president, a cheerleader, and she played in the school band. She attended University of Maryland, College Park and returned to a become a community organizer seeking to improve living conditions in neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. Ertha has been an East Baltimore homeowner for over 15 years. She has come to realize that in order to truly improve the lives of people in neighborhoods like hers, it will take a change in local level politics to bring true solutions and opportunities.
Ertha has been a dedicated Community Leader of over 20 years, supporting such organizations as NAACP, Council of Elders, Sojourner-Douglass College, Reality Speaks, Urban Leadership Institute, ON OUR Shoulder, The Great Blacks an Wax Museum, African village, Akebulan Rites of Passage, African heritage Walk-A-Thon and many more.
DMD members: Chase, Jones and Compton
Also apart of this organizing effort is none other than the highly touted and remarkable organization known as the DMD Experience. Made up of three stellar individuals-Derrick Chase, Monique Jones and Derrick Compton, this group who throw some the finest parties throughout the City have sent out the following statement to their robust database of friends.
Come join DMD Experience as we share our Ertha Harris Experience:
We believe she should be nominated for the 12th District City Council Seat.
The public hearing will be held:
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Time: 5:00 PM (Televised on cable TV 25)
Place: City Hall, 4th Floor, Du Burns Council Chamber
100 N. Holiday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Going a step further, Edwin Avent, President and Publisher of Heart & Soul magazine wrote a lengthy letter of support for an Ertha Harris candidacy, pointing to how individuals can be decisively involved in her selection.
Individualizing the (10) council members involved on this nominating committee, giving their email addresses as contact information, Mr. Avent seemed to be masterfully performing the age-old style of grass-roots lobbying.
As his letter is too lengthy to post here, below is just a snippet of the note:
It is rare in this day and time that you meet people in the community willing to sacrifice their time, money, passion and energy to help others in need, but Ertha Harris is that rare person. She has lived in East Baltimore for over 15 years, even before the Million Man March has been a beacon of light to all in her community. Always willing to help a neighbor or be the voice for the voiceless, she has been an inspiration to hundreds maybe even thousands in Baltimore City.
That is why I am writing you. I am asking you to join our campaign to help get Ertha elected to the seat. This campaign isn’t directed to the thousands of constituents she seeks to represent, but the remaining 13 members of the City Council and its President. Ertha needs us to call and email the City Council members to let them know that we support her. To that end I have attached the email addresses of the council members as well as Ertha’s bio that includes her photo.
We’re calling this campaign the Ertha Harris Experience. We’d like you to email these members your most memorable Ertha Harris experience of how she impacted you and or our community in a positive way. We want them to get to know how she impacts the lives of people from all walks of life, from business owners to bus drivers, from teachers to college presidents!
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