Growing up in suburban New York as the child of two parents from Philadelphia, I came to know the character of both cities from an early age. Philadelphia is a tough, hardworking, blue collar, lunch-pail kind of city, and New York is a vibrant and diverse melting pot that brings people together from all over the world. One year ago, my family made the difficult decision to leave our home in suburban Philadelphia and move to Baltimore. In this short time, I have come to see many of these same characteristics in my new adopted home of Baltimore.
To understand the unique character of Baltimore, one need look no further than our favorite son: Representative Elijah Cummings. Congressman Cummings has lived in Baltimore his entire life. Over a quarter century in Congress, he has dedicated his life to serving others and to making Baltimore a better place for all people. He personifies our city through heroic service, commitment, and the simple notion that even though our work is never done, we always show up and try.