Who's Pledging to Go Veg

Congresswoman Donna Edwards

Congresswoman Donna Edwards represents Maryland's 4th Congressional District, comprising portions of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. Just prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Edwards worked to improve both labor and human rights both nationally and internationally.

"I support VegWeek because it encourages healthy living, promotes environmental stewardship, and supports our small businesses and local growers. I look forward to being a vegetarian for a week to sample specials at local restaurants, try new recipes, and take part in a small but effective step towards protecting our planet."

Delegate Tom Hucker

Tom Hucker is a Maryland State Delegate who serves on the Environmental Matters Committee, and its Natural Resources, Land Use, and Environment Subcommittees. He is the lead sponsor of legislation to label fur garments in Maryland, and just passed through the House his bill to ban cruel and indiscriminate leghold traps in Montgomery County. A longtime community organizer, he has passed legislation to expand pre-kindergarten, to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and further protect the civil rights of all Marylanders. Delegate Hucker is pleased to go vegetarian for VegWeek and challenges his neighbors in District 20 to do the same!

Senator Jamie Raskin

Jamie Raskin is a Democratic State Senator in Maryland representing Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Pledging to go vegetarian for VegWeek in 2009, Raskin is renewing his pledge and encouraging others to take one week to explore vegetarian eating.

David Harrington is a Maryland State Senator in Maryland representing Prince George's County. Member of the Senate since February 2008, Sen. Harrington sits on the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee and chairs the Task Force on Student on Student Physical Fitness in Maryland Public Schools.

Councilmember Valerie Ervin

Montgomery County Council Vice President Valerie Ervin represents District 5, which includes Kensington, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton. She is an advocate for the interests of working families and improving the lives of children, is committed to making sure that children have proper nutrition, and advocates for community gardens by spearheading a pilot program with the Parks Department. Councilmember Ervin is committed to working at the local and state level to improve the environment and is part of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a nonprofit organization created to promote public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.

"As an advocate for promoting home-grown produce by creating community gardens on park property throughout the County, it is a natural fit for me to support VegWeek. I believe that we have to model the behavior that we want to promote, especially when we are dealing with issues related to healthy lifestyles, animal welfare, and environmental stewardship. VegWeek helps to put the focus on respect and justice for animals and helps promote good nutrition."

Jim Gilchrist is a Maryland State Delegate representing District 17 including the Rockville and Gaithersburg areas. He sits on the joint committee on Children, Youth, and Families. Before entering the House of Delegates, Del, Jim Gilchrist chaired the Alliance of Rockville Neighborhood Associations and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Potomac Area Council of Hostelling International.

Justin Ross is a Maryland State Delegate representing District 22, which stretches from Greenbelt to smaller towns such as Edmonston. As a life-long resident of Prince George's County, Del. Ross has worked worked on issues dealing with drug treatment, increasing police funding, creating tax incentives for green technology research, and advancing the Arts District in Hyattsville.

Executive Director of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, Eric Bernard has been an active firefighter and EMT continuously for the past twenty-three years. He has worked in the federal government consulting on various public safety and life safety issues and provided testimony before several governmental bodies, panels and councils and is also an adjunct professor of forensic science at the George Washington University.

"I look forward to the week of thinking more about what I eat and teaching myself that vegetarian doesn't mean not enjoying what I eat. I am supporting this effort to promote healthy eating alternatives for our volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Often eating fast food is our only option due to the many calls for help we receive. That means hamburgers, hotdogs, tacos—all high calories, high fat and meat. I am challenging our volunteers to try the vegetarian model for a week and see how it can improve our bodies as well as our ability to serve our community as fire rescue professionals. I am committed to a healthy eating lifestyle by increasing my intake of whole food, healthy foods and less meat (and for one week—NO MEAT!)"

  • Amanda Scott, Assistant Attorney General
  • Melissa Mauro, Reisterstown
  • Thomas Eigelsbach, Greenbelt
  • Jess Hobbs, Silver Spring
  • Beverly Magda, Germantown
  • Robert Faucette, Pennsylvania
  • Wendy Stewart, Baltimore
  • Karen Ventimiglia, Michigan
  • Edith Leiva, Silver Spring
  • Nicole Cozart, Michigan
  • Rachel Rothstein, Chevy Chase
  • Shana Stangler, Germantown
  • Amanda Carpenter, Irwin
  • Sarah Roquemore, Rockville
  • Tamara Presti, Towson
  • Evelyn Nicholas, Rockville
  • Pete Alexander, Bowie
  • Jacqueline Reyes, Landover
  • Dani Stout, Silver Spring
  • Rikki Lazenby, Washington
  • Shelly Hickox, Mississippi
  • Lauren Miramontes, Middletown
  • Michael Donovan, Middletown
  • Amanda Strain, Maryland
  • Linda Lind, Oregon
  • Jacqueline Keller, District of Columbia
  • Marya DeLuna-Dorsey, Baltimore
  • Ken Ward, Baltimore
  • Lynn Carroll, Pasadena
  • Marney Finkle, Silver Spring
  • Alison Kauffman, Bethesda
  • Elisabeth Tyndall, Maryland
  • Jen Cleveland, Lusby
  • Amy Carter, Edgewater
  • Jennifer Wichterman
  • Henrike Veith, District of Columbia
  • Jason Tyler, Baltimore
  • Melia Teisinger, Baltimore
  • Samantha Goldberg, Gaithersburg
  • Darlene Cardone, New York
  • Megan Bailey, Baltimore
  • Laura Robinson, Towson
  • Cindy Frazier, Marriotsville
  • Terrill Esposito, Georgia
  • Gara Blazucki, Monkton
  • Mily McGonnell, North Carolina
  • Pam Hamlin, Greenbelt
  • Dupree Heard, Silver Spring
  • Tama Griffith, Silver Spring
  • Alva Lin, Washington
  • Michaela Sachs, Silver Spring
  • Rachel Osborn, District of Columbia

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