Wendi Winters, Capital Gazette Report and UU: Urge Candidates To Act

Wendi Winters, Capital Gazette Report and UU: Urge Candidates To Act

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, a gunman took the lives of five members of the Annapolis Capital Gazette staff. One of those killed was Wendi Winters, a beloved, esteemed member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis and a long-time committed UU. Taking action in Wendi’s honor would align with who she was. Her children asked the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland, which is our faith’s advocacy group in Annapolis, to prepare options for you to take action and contact your elected officials.

Please take time today and act. Below are sample letters that you may use to write to elected officials and to candidates for public office. Please personalize the letters if you feel comfortable doing so.

Sample Text 1.

Dear Candidate,

The gun violence that killed Capital Gazette reporter Wendi Winters, who was a member of my Unitarian Universalist faith community, and four of her co-workers is beyond acceptable. Your stand on what we do about this problem is very important to me. I urge you let me and all voters know how you plan to address all issues associated with gun violence in our state.

Sincerely,

[Sign your full name. PLEASE PRINT your full name and address below. This is extremely important!]

John S. Smith
3456 Grove Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401

Sample Text 2.

Dear …

The Capital Gazette shootings and the death Wendi Winters, who was a member of my Unitarian Universalist faith community, remind us that even in Maryland we have not done nearly enough to stop gun violence. I urge you to make this issue a top priority for your campaign in November. It will be my top priority as I vote.

Sincerely,

[Sign your full name. PLEASE PRINT your full name and address below. This is extremely important!]

John S. Smith
3456 Grove Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401

To find your county/city and state legislative districts: 

  • Go to https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch.
  • Complete the “Search” form and click on the green “Search” button.
  • Scroll down until you see “My Voting Districts” and click there.
  • Since not all election results have been finalized, in order to find the contact information for each of the candidates you can vote for in November you need to determine the winners by going to: https://elections.maryland.gov
  • Once you have identified the winners, the addresses for all the candidates who ran in the primary can be found at: https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/primary_candidates/index.html

For information visit www.uulmmd.org or contact Jim Caldiero, jimcal87@gmail.com

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