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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/25/2010

My endorsement: Opportunities for women

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Judith S. Bass
Olney

As a woman and small-business owner, I applaud Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for their efforts to expand business opportunities for women.

I operate a small educational consulting business out of my home, and I know firsthand the struggles that women face when attempting to successfully launch such ventures. Under Mr. O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland has set, and achieved, the highest goal in the nation — 25 percent — for state contracting dollars to be awarded to minority- and female-owned businesses. The Maryland Small Business Credit Recovery Program, which the O’Malley administration created, has helped banks provide much-needed capital for businesses like mine. I am now in a better position to hire more employees, and I have the peace of mind and financial stability to grow my business.

I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. O’Malley for reelection because I know that he will continue to look out for my best interests as a woman and a small-business owner.

Readers are invited to make the case for their candidate in the Maryland governor's race in 200 words or fewer and e-mail it to letters@washpost.com with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Please include a day and evening phone number and a note describing any connection you have to the candidates, their campaigns or Maryland politics in general. Responses will be posted on All Opinions Are Local through Oct. 22.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 25, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, My Endorsement  
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