Why am I running for Delegate?

6 Comment(s) Posted by Ariana Kelly

I am a wife, a mother, and full-time nonprofit professional, working to strengthen our communities and our nation. Without a doubt, I have enough on my plate, without adding a competitive race for an open delegate seat to the mix.

So, to paraphrase my supportive -- but somewhat shocked -- mother, "why on earth are you running for office now?"

For me, the answer is clear.

I grew up in Bethesda (in fact, so did my mom). And my husband and I are raising our two children here. I am running for delegate to make sure that as my kids grow up, and as all of our kids grow up, Bethesda and the surrounding neighborhoods continue to have outstanding schools, strong communities, and clean and healthy environments.

For me, running for delegate is not about my personal ego, or my future professional goals. It is about serving the community, and working hard to address the real challenges we will face moving forward in difficult economic times. It's also about ensuring that Maryland leads the way to an even brighter future for all of our children.

I have worked as an advocate for families and communities my whole career. I have experience moving important policies forward in Annapolis, and in Washington, DC. And I am a strategic thinker with a proven track record of making tough decisions with limited resources, and working well in broad, diverse coalitions. I am running for delegate because I know, based on experience, that Annapolis needs more people like me.

Sure, it would be easier if I just sat back this summer and relaxed. Especially since I am lucky enough to have a healthy family, a roof over my head, and a job I love that also pays the bills. But for me, like for so many of you, life hasn't always been easy. So I've learned that I need to work hard, and work smart, to achieve my goals.

That's why I dedicated my career to nonprofit advocacy, working to expand access to quality and affordable childcare and excellent public education, to protect the environment, and improve public health. And that’s why I'm running to represent you in Annapolis.

I know winning this election will not be easy. It calls for many late nights and weekends working, and huge personal and financial sacrifices. But I am going to do it because I care about Maryland’s future. I know I have the skills, experience, and integrity it will take to be an outstanding delegate. I will face difficult problems head-on, and I will always stand up for families. And for me, that’s what this election is about.


  1. Ellie's avatar


    So excited to have such a wonderful and experienced candidate who really understands the issues that are important to us running in our district! District 16 should be proud to have you, hopefully, as a delegate!
  2. Erin Schurmann's avatar

    Erin Schurmann

    You've done some amazing work in you career. I know you'll raise the game in Annapolis.
  3. Margaret's avatar


    So glad you are running for delegate! The passion you bring to your work will make Maryland a better place for children and families!!
  4. Laura Berger's avatar

    Laura Berger

    I am so happy that you decided to run for delegate Ariana! When you mentioned the "idea" to me, I knew it was going to add a lot to your already busy and stressful life. I also knew it was an incredible opportunity. That is, an opportunity for Bethesda to have someone like you as a delegate! The issues and values that you stand for are so important to Bethesda residents.
  5. Julian's avatar


    It is wonderful to have you running for delegate. Someone with your experience and dedication will be great for Bethesda. Good luck and keep up the hard work!
  6. Audrey Gottheimer's avatar

    Audrey Gottheimer

    We need people like you in Annapolis, people who understand what is going on and are committed to the issues. I am thrilled to see you running for delegate!!

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