Community Advocate Angie Winder Files To Run For Baltimore City Council, District 4
Updated: Dec 20, 2019
November 26, 2019
"It Takes A Village", but what does that mean in terms of creating a better Baltimore? I understand that it also takes time, which is why I've been actively engaged in community advocacy for more than a decade. Being a working woman, a homeowner and a mother of a Baltimore City Public Schools student proves that I am very much invested in the city; primarily in the 4th District which I proudly call home.
I’ve dedicated my time to help others and it would be an honor to represent my district. That is why after months of canvassing, I am excited to confirm that I, Angie Winder, a community advocate and Baltimore native, has officially filed to run for Baltimore City Council in the 4th District.
I believe that I am more than qualified for the job. In 2018, I ran a successful campaign and was sworn in as a Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee (BCDSCC) elected member. I currently serve as the Chair for the 43rd Legislative District and Vice Chair of the BCDSCC Communications Committee.
Born and raised in the Park Heights Community by a single father, I overcame many obstacles with the support of my “village.” Upon graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (Mervo) with a Certificate and Accreditations in Computer-Aided Drafting Design (CADD), I became an advocate for vocational schools and a champion for city students. I also attended Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) for continued studies; currently working as an Engineering Design Checker/Senior Designer. I am 39 years old and have lived in the District for 20 years, with 15 years as a homeowner in the Loch Raven neighborhood.
My passion to serve and desire to run for office were inspired by my late husband -- a victim of homicide in Baltimore. My loss inspired me to become an agent for change for families affected by violence. With Baltimore exceeding 300 homicides for the fifth consecutive year, someone needs to stand up for us… why not me? I am running because I want to see a fair representation on the council by women and by someone who has been affected firsthand by violence.
For me, that one fateful day changed the trajectory of my life forever. I channeled my grief into action by becoming a Certified Grief Facilitator through Roberta’s House. My pain fueled my purpose! I’ve organized events such as the Boys to Men Empowerment Seminars and the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Each September, we call out the names of those lost to violence and participate in healing activities. This year, we called more than 250 names recognizing each victim as a person and not just a number.
I’ve assisted the City Council to pass a resolution to prohibit knives in commercial display and testified at School Board meetings. I was also a speaker for the Baltimore Women’s March with the Mayor, State’s Attorney and others.
In 2009, I partnered with the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum to launch, “Bridgin’ a Gap,” a youth program that offered art, dance and mentoring. In 2016, the vision was revamped and, “Restoring the Village” (RTV), a Grassroots organization was birthed.
Running on public safety, quality education, social justice, economic growth and building stronger communities, I was the first to announce my candidacy for the 2020 city council race for District 4. I believe it is time for a different approach and it starts by electing someone who will put the people first. If elected as councilwoman, I pledge to fairly represent the entire district. My experience in healthcare administration, project management, marketing and public service will prepare me to produce effective solutions.
As Co-Chair of the Yorkwood Student Family Council, a Board Member on the Mervo Mustangs Alumni Association and an active member of Million Women Mentors, I work tirelessly to support our youth. Also, serving on the Advisory Board for the Black Fathers Foundation and the Baltimore Women’s March Steering Committee, my record proves dedication. Moreover, I host the RTV Radio Show through the Radio On Fire Broadcast where my co-hosts and I tackle topics such as human trafficking, re-entry, and voting.
Receiving support from well-known community leaders such as Matt Prestbury, Founder of the Black Fathers Foundation, Heber M. Brown III and District 43 Senator Mary Washington reflects their trust in my leadership.
My faith and family sustains me and has been an important part of evolving me into the woman that I am today. I enjoy attending church service in Baltimore with my two daughters.
I ask for your vote during the primary election on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. I’ve put in the time and I’m ready to further serve my community.
For more information on Angie Winder’s campaign, please visit: www.angiewinder.com.