Wilson Delivers Annual King Day Address for Delegates
As an attorney and elected state legislator, Del. C.T. Wilson is used to speaking in front of a jury or a room full of constituents. But those experiences didn’t calm his nerves Monday night when he delivered the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day address before the House of Delegates.
Wilson called it “daunting” that he, born in 1972, would be selected to speak about King before a body whose members include several who actually played significant roles in the 1960s civil-rights movement.
The Independent and Clean Water Action Endorse C. T. Wilson
This week, C. T. earned two major endorsements. On Wednesday, The Independent, said:
"We believe political newcomer C.T. Wilson is a good choice to round out the trio. He's young, energetic and extremely personable. That will go a long way to help him forge relationships with his colleagues. Working well with others is important when you are but one representative in a group of 141. His challenging upbringing, military service and legal background — he's prosecutor in the region — would serve him well. Those life experiences will offer some keen insights into how what our legislators do in Annapolis affects the lives of the ordinary citizens whom he would represent."
On Thursday, C. T. received the support of Clean Water Action, an environmental advocacy group committed to, "protecting our waters, our health, and our future."
EACC Backs Dems for General Assembly
State delegate candidate C.T. Wilson, a Democrat who is seeking elected office for the first time, has been endorsed by the Maryland State Education Association on the recommendation of the Education Association of Charles County.
The state union also is backing three Democratic incumbents seeking re-election: Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton and delegates Sally Y. Jameson and Peter F. Murphy.
Seven Democrats have filed to run for delegate in District 28, which covers almost all of Charles County. The top three vote-getters in the September primary will advance to the November general election against the three Republican nominees.
So far, only one Republican has filed. Del. Murray D. Levy's decision not to seek re-election appears to have fueled the large number of Democratic candidates running for the open seat.
The EACC, which represents approximately 2,000 teachers, had to interview candidates and make endorsements for General Assembly races before the July 6 filing deadline due to the state teachers union's internal process and to ensure that endorsed candidates would have enough time before the September primary to benefit from the union's support.
Meg MacDonald, the EACC's UniServ director, said her group mailed questionnaires to all filed candidates and bought two advertisements in the Maryland Independent alerting anyone who was considering running to contact the union to be included in the endorsement process.
Wilson said on Tuesday that it was a great honor to get the teachers' blessing and lends more legitimacy to his campaign.
But he added that he's not depending on endorsements to win the election and still has to earn support from many voters.
"There's still a lot of work for me to do to get my name out there," he said.
Sierra Club Endorses C. T. Wilson
The Sierra Club's Maryland Chapter has endorsed C. T. Wilson for Delegate.
In accepting the endorsement, C. T. said, "Statewide, the Sierra Club has roughly 15,000 members and I look forward to working with the Sierra Club to ensure the protection of Charles County. Our county is a great place to live and work, but each day, we face the threat of over-development."
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Wilson to Air TV Spots
Democratic state delegate candidate C.T. Wilson will launch a television advertisement on Monday designed to boost his name recognition ahead of the Sept. 14 primary.
The 30-second spot, which will air on more than a half-dozen cable networks in Charles County, is believed to be the first TV ad released by any of the seven Democratic candidates in the race.
The ad highlights Wilson's difficult upbringing as a foster child, his military service and prosecutorial career as part of the "fighting spirit" that he pledges to take with him to Annapolis, he said in an interview.
Wilson said the ad reflects his campaign's early success in raising money and a desire to share his personal story with voters.
Campaign manager Matthew Watt declined to say how much the ad buy cost but said it will air throughout August. The campaign plans to run a similar ad in the weeks leading up to the primary election, he said.
Prosecutor tries to reach kids before their cases get to him
By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 7, 2009
The pattern hit Prince George's County prosecutor C.T. Wilson with the subtlety of a blast from a 12-gauge shotgun: The young men he was sending to prison were victims before they were criminals.
Sitting in his office in Upper Marlboro, Wilson read five pre-sentencing reports in about a month, and all said the defendants had been abandoned or neglected by their parents and tossed into the foster care system or group homes.
Many had been emotionally abused or beaten. Some had been preyed on sexually. Some had been raped.
Just like me, Wilson thought.
Now, Wilson says, he's trying to get to these kids before their criminal cases get to him.
Wilson -- who was abandoned by his mother when he was 4 and tossed into the foster system in his native Missouri -- spends most of his free time in the community of advocates for foster children and adoption. At least once a week, sometimes two or three times, Wilson speaks to groups of foster children and attends rallies and fundraisers.
One Saturday last month, which was National Adoption Month, Wilson drove some 40 miles from his Charles County home to the Mall for a youth rally and talent search organized by a nonprofit group that works with foster children.
Wilson drove back home to spend time with his wife and daughters and then returned to the District a few hours later for an evening fundraiser for the group.
At the event, Wilson introduced the hip-hop artist DMC, who learned at 35 that he'd been adopted.
When he speaks to kids in foster care or in group homes, Wilson's message is direct and unflinching: You might have been horribly abused, you might have been betrayed by the adults in your life, you might feel alone in the world. But that doesn't mean you have to be a victim for life. And it doesn't mean you have to victimize someone else.
You can make something of yourself. Just like me, he says.
Maybe because he's been there, maybe because he sends people to jail, the kids listen.