CAMBRIDGE -- Senator Addie Eckardt has announced her intention to file for the open mayor’s seat in Cambridge. Her full statement follows:
“Through the years, I have joked about one day running for mayor, but I really had not seriously considered it until now. I love Cambridge, it is my home and it's where my husband Dick and I chose to raise our children.
“Cambridge is at cross-roads. It is a city on the rise. We need strong steady leadership, and as your mayor, I will provide that leadership.
“As your state senator, I have fought for and pass legislation that benefits the city and its residents and oversaw the implementation of those initiatives. From Historic Tax Districts, the Heritage Areas, the Main Street program, the relocation of the Eastern Shore Hospital Center to its current location to prepare for the Hyatt, as well as the Visitors Center at Sailwinds, Sailwinds Park, Delmarva Community Services Intergenerational Center, and the Cambridge Arts and Entertainment District, The Arts Center and all the current projects - the Cambridge Waterfront, the Packing House, Macy’s Lane, the Harriett Tubman Statute and downtown redevelopment - I have always worked to serve the Cambridge community.
“It has been exciting to experience the energy and interest as the Cambridge community continues to grow and develop and welcoming new residents and businesses. Ensuring a safe and vibrant community in which young people can live, work and play and grow their families is essential.
“I will bring my skills, knowledge, abilities and contacts from the state and federal level to move Cambridge forward. It would be my privilege to work with your current City Council, and I would be honored if you would elect me as the next mayor of Cambridge.”
“Addie Eckardt brings to the table what few others can offer: knowledge, experience, and a passion for improving the lives of the people she represents,” Cambridge Commissioner (Ward 3) Jameson Harrington said. “As a resident, I cannot think of anyone whose leadership would benefit Cambridge more than Addie Eckardt and her track record of representing the hard-working people of the Eastern Shore speaks for itself.”
Cambridge Commissioner (Ward 5) Chad Malkus said, “Senator Eckardt has been a faithful public servant to the Shore and Cambridge in particular for many years. Our city would be truly lucky to have her represent us as mayor, working with our city manager and the State of Maryland to move Cambridge forward.”
Cambridge Council President Lajan Cephas said, “Senator Addie Eckardt has always been a champion for Cambridge. Her networks, knowledge and leadership will move our momentum to the next level. On Aug. 23, I will be voting for Addie Eckardt to be our next mayor of Cambridge”.
Ms. Eckardt served in Annapolis as delegate from District 37B from 1995 until 2015, when she was elected state senator from District 37. Running for re-election to the State Senate, she lost the Republican primary election on July 19 to current 37A Delegate Johnny Mautz.