Join us! Virtual fundraiser with Amy McGrath!

Join us! Virtual fundraiser with Amy McGrath!

I am incredibly grateful for the support that you have given me over the past 15 months of campaigning. Whether cheering me on from near or far, putting up a sign in your yard, making a contribution to my campaign, or door knocking with me, you have shown up for me, and I thank you. We’ve worked so hard thus far, and I’m asking you to help me one last time before Election Day…

HERE’S THE ASK: We will be having our last big fundraiser on Thursday, October 6, and I’m hoping you can join us. Tickets are just $33, and I am THRILLED that we will be joined by Amy McGrath! Amy is a retired Marine Corps pilot as well as a former candidate for the U.S. House and Senate, in addition to being an all-around amazingly inspiring woman. This is a virtual fundraiser, and the Zoom link will be provided upon ticket purchase. Click here to get your ticket!

We have lots and lots of bills coming due soon for the very expensive ways that we will be reaching voters in these final weeks, and I would be honored for your support in helping us to reach our fundraising goal. We’re almost there!

Firefighters Endorse Dawn!

Firefighters Endorse Dawn!

I have exciting news to share: Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters (International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1563) has just endorsed my candidacy for the Maryland Senate!

I am proud to be endorsed by Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters. Our brave first responders are at the front lines of keeping our communities safe, often at peril to their own safety. It is an honor to have this endorsement, and I am committed to ensuring that our firefighters have the resources and support they need for the protection of our communities.

Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters is among our list of educators, farmers, labor unions, environmental groups, and more who are on #TeamGile. You can check out our full endorsement list on our website. 

Join us! September 13 fundraiser w/ Senate Pres. Bill Ferguson

Join us! September 13 fundraiser w/ Senate Pres. Bill Ferguson

Election Day is less than three months away! We’ve worked so hard for over a year now to get to this point — from knocking doors in 100-degree weather to earning the endorsements of many partners and supporters. However, we still have a lot more work to do, and we need more resources so we can pay for the many ways we will be reaching voters over the next three months. The stakes are high, and this will be a very competitive race.

I would be honored if you would help us ensure we are well-funded to win in November. Please join me for wine and pasta on September 13 at Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park as we make our last big push toward our fundraising goal. I am thrilled that we will be joined by Senate President Bill Ferguson, as well as many other special guests, including Sen. Sarah Elfreth, Sen. Pam Beidle, and more. I hope to see you there!

Purchase tickets at this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dawngford33septfundraiser. Checks may be sent to Committee to Elect Dawn Gile, P.O. Box 1362, Severna Park, MD 21146.

Honored to be the Democratic Nominee!

Honored to be the Democratic Nominee!

I am honored to be the Democratic nominee for the Maryland Senate in District 33! While mail-in ballot counting will continue through the end of this week, I am so incredibly grateful for the nearly 9,000 voters who believed in me and voted for me.

Our work, however, is not complete. We have a very competitive General Election ahead of us in November, and we cannot run out of steam yet. Our team has been out several days a week knocking doors and talking to voters. We have only 103 days left and lots more voters to meet!

Here are some ways you can help us get across the finish line victoriously:

🗓 Saturday, July 30: Join us door-knocking on the D33 Super Day of Action. We’ll be out with Team Andrew Pruski in the Gambrills/Odenton area. Meet us at Four Seasons Elementary, 979 Waugh Chapel Rd., Gambrills, MD 21054 at 10 am. If you want to join us in a Team D33 photo, meet us at Crofton Village Green at 9 am before heading over to Four Season Elementary. Sign up here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/FagntWn4AkOWJvLP_r7mfw2

🗓 Sunday, July 31: Meet us at Arnold Elementary School, 95 E. Joyce Ln., Arnold, MD 21012 at noon before we set out to door knock in the Arnold area. Sign up here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/McOFoRycK06mfjTLaPLUDg2 (Note: Volunteer sign up says 10 am; however, due to a conflict, please note that we will be meeting at noon.)

Can’t join us at the above? There are plenty of other opportunities to help! Check out more dates here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/p/0BrHmRWwtkmP1Tffc3GwRQ2 or contact my campaign manager, Brennan, for more information (bmaragh@mdsenatedems.org).

In the News: Candidates Discuss Their Plans for Office

In the News: Candidates Discuss Their Plans for Office

Originally printed in the Severna Park Voice. Full article is available here.

State Senate, District 33

Dawn Gile

What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

First, one of my top priorities is education. I believe that all children should be given the opportunity to learn and thrive in a safe environment, and our public schools need the resources and support to do so. It is imperative that we address school overcrowding as well as teacher burnout and recruitment issues.

Second, helping working families is a top priority for me. Recently, there has been much talk about labor shortages; however, without access to affordable, quality child care and paid family and medical leave, it is difficult for many working families to continue to work. In fact, among my many reasons for running for office is my frustration with the impact that the pandemic had on working families and especially women leaving the workforce. I will work to continue to expand paid family and medical leave, recently passed this last session, as well as access to affordable child care.

Third, I support strong environmental protections, including the need to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. I also believe we should continue to build on efforts to address the impact of climate change.

What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?

Initially, one of the greatest challenges I believe that I would face is growing inflation. There is no doubt that inflation has placed an immense strain on Marylanders, particularly on working families and retirees on fixed incomes. Many of the tax relief policies that the General Assembly implemented in the most recent session, including tax relief for retirees and exemptions for hygiene and child care products, are steps in the right direction. I would continue to fight for an expansion of targeted tax relief that is fiscally sustainable and responsible but also provides the greatest support for the most vulnerable Marylanders such as working families and retirees.

I also think we need to ensure that residents have access to jobs with good benefits, and further, that smart policy decisions are made so that small businesses are supported.

What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?

Advocacy and public service have long been part of me, as an attorney for the last 15-plus years as well as a military spouse and nonprofit leader. As an attorney, I represent businesses of all sizes in litigation. As for my leadership experience, I served as president of Military Spouse JD Network, a well-respected organization of approximately 1,000 members that advocates for expanded employment opportunities for military spouses and that provides pro bono legal services to Gold Star families and veteran caregivers.

Currently, I serve as secretary of Vigilant Torch Association and Vigilant Torch Foundation, an organization that provides emergency relief assistance and scholarships to members of the special operations community and their families. Additionally, I serve as a trustee on the board of trustees of Rockford University, and in that capacity, I am involved in budget oversight, alumni engagement, and student services. Finally, I have devoted significant time volunteering in my Severna Park community and my daughters’ school.

I decided to run for office because I felt as though the people of District 33 deserved more effective representation in the Senate. With a background of being a mom of three, military spouse, nonprofit leader, and attorney, I am focused on four key priorities: supporting working families, protecting the environment, helping small businesses thrive, and investing in our public schools. I am committed to serving with the same dedication and integrity that I have shown in my many years of advocacy and nonprofit leadership. Ultimately, I intend to work with integrity, responsiveness, and consensus-building to get the job done for the people of Maryland so that we are all given the opportunity to thrive.

Join us! Virtual Fundraiser with Special Guest Karen Finney – July 21

Join us! Virtual Fundraiser with Special Guest Karen Finney – July 21

Please join us on July 21 at 7 pm for a virtual “Votes for Women” fundraiser with special guest Karen Finney, CNN political commentator, former Senior Advisor for Stacey Abrams for Governor, and former Senior Advisor and Senior Spokesperson for the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign. I am also thrilled to be joined by my dear friend, Mary Reding, attorney, former government executive, and military spouse employment champion.

With Primary Day just around the corner and Election Day in November mere months away, we need to make sure we have the resources we need to win, and reaching voters — let me tell you — is expensive. We need to pay for digital ads, campaign literature, signs, and walk pieces for our organizers, and more to ensure we can run the best campaign possible. I would be honored if you would help me with your support! Tickets are available here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/votesfordawn

Maryland LCV Endorses Dawn!

Maryland LCV Endorses Dawn!

I have exciting news to share: Maryland League of Conservation Voters, one of the state’s most well-respected, nonpartisan environmental advocacy organizations, has just endorsed my candidacy for the Maryland Senate!

I am committed to fighting to protect Maryland’s air and water, find solutions to the climate crisis, and create a brighter future for all Marylanders. I look forward to working with Maryland LCV on much-needed measures to ensure our environment is preserved for future generations, and I am very grateful for this endorsement.

Maryland LCV is among our growing list of educators, farmers, labor unions, environmental groups, and more who are on #TeamGile. You can check out our full endorsement list on our website. 

ICYMI: Our spring picnic fundraiser was a success!

ICYMI: Our spring picnic fundraiser was a success!

ICYMI: Our spring picnic fundraiser at Sandy Point State Park was a success! The weather was thankfully on our side and the day was a beautiful sunny day on the water. Below are some pictures! We were very grateful to have in attendance Sen. Will Smith, Sen. Sarah Elfreth, Sen. Guy Guzzone, and Sen. Pam Beidle, as well as many other elected officials and candidates, and most importantly, so many supporters and friends.

Spring Family Picnic Fundraiser with Special Guest Senator Will Smith

Spring Family Picnic Fundraiser with Special Guest Senator Will Smith

Please join us on May 15, from 2-4 pm at Sandy Point State Park for a family picnic fundraiser! Beer, wine, and food will be provided, and we will also have some fun kids’ activities.

I am also excited to share that we will be joined by special guest Senator Will Smith, Chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Sen. Smith is an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserves and is currently assigned to a unit at the Pentagon. In March 2019, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, serving in Kabul, Afghanistan until October 2019. There, he served as the Branch Chief for the Governance and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) divisions within the Combined Joint Intelligence Operations Center- Afghanistan (CJIOC-A).

In addition to his military service and service in the Maryland Senate, Sen. Smith is an attorney with Solomon Law Firm, PLLC, where his practice focuses on security clearance defense, administrative investigations, disciplinary action defense, and employment matters relating to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA).

We hope you can join us! Tickets may be purchased here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/springpicnicfordawn