Just outside the beltway is a fascinating place to live, just ask Holly Ellison Henderson. Henderson loves Prince George’s County, Maryland, but she also believes that, “It’s time for sweeping change” when it comes to the current administration and the Washington establishment, which is why she is running for the 26th district of the Maryland House of Delegates. This is Henderson’s first bid for public office, and if elected she will become the first African-American Republican woman to serve in the Maryland General Assembly.

Henderson, 35, is a wife, a mother, a Christian and a conservative. I met Holly at the University of North Florida, and we became good friends through school and church. Back then she was involved in Student Government and our Christian Bible study group. I remember her as bright, outspoken, level-headed, and always fun to be around. I caught up with her recently and asked why she chose to run for office at this time. “It was the natural next step,” she told me. “I’ve always had a passion for being civic-minded and a desire to be an advocate for others. Politics begins at home with a need and a desire to see change within your community, and I’m concerned about the community I live in. I want to see the businesses, the schools and the families of Prince George’s County succeed, but we have some challenges ahead of us.”

Henderson shared that Maryland is tenth in the nation for home foreclosures and Prince George’s County is number one in Maryland for the same. She continued, “Families are being taxed beyond reason. Property taxes account for nearly one-third of homeowners’ mortgage payments. Families need affordable housing; this means lowering taxes, cutting bureaucracy within government and within the industry. And that’s just scratching the surface of the problem.” If elected Henderson vows to go to work addressing such pressing issues as housing reform, job creation, and better educational opportunities for the people of Prince George’s County. 

Although Democrats outnumber Republicans 6 to 1 in Henderson’s District, she tells me that many of the Democrat talking points do not resonate with the residents of that area.

Most African-Americans I speak with are pro-life and generally conservative, but they are not voting that way. There appears to be a disconnect between many African-Americans in Prince George’s County and the Republican Party. It’s a real catch-22, and the problem is one of perception. The African-American community feels neglected and misunderstood by the Republican Party, and the GOP has not reached out to many of these communities because the Party has not perceived any interest. As a result the Party has not directed much of its limited resources into these areas. The only way to see this change is to get involved and listen to the needs of individuals addressing the issues they are concerned about. That’s what I intend to do.

Public service is not new to Henderson. After former Maryland Governor, Bob Ehrlich, was elected in 2002, Holly was invited to join Ehrlich’s Administration (2002-2006) with the Maryland Department of Transportation as the Deputy Director of Communications for the Maryland Aviation Administration at BWI Marshall Airport. Holly served as an official spokesperson and worked as a liaison between the airports and local residents, community organizations and businesses. This led her to pursue her Master’s of Science in Transportation Management at Morgan State University and author a Thesis entitled, “The Impact of 9/11 on Airport Security Systems: A Case Study of BWI Airport.” Before joining the Ehrlich Administration Holly worked in the private sector for Continental Airlines, Inc. gaining experience throughout the company. There she served customers as a ticket agent and a flight attendant as well as helping to load luggage and push planes out onto the tarmac.

Today Henderson finds herself once again working alongside Bob Ehrlich as he seeks to serve another term as Maryland’s Governor. “I support Governor Ehrlich’s campaign, because I trust him to work for the people of Maryland honestly and fairly. I have chosen to be a member of the Republican Party because I believe it most closely aligns itself with Biblical values.” As a student of history, Holly hopes to tread the path paved by patriots like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – all Republicans.

Still, above all Holly Henderson is a woman of faith. She told me that her relationship with Jesus is foremost and is the basis for all she is, all she has accomplished, and all she seeks to do. The following statement sums up her position quite nicely,

I believe in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, fiscal responsibility, Pro-Life and that marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe that the creation and application of public policy apart from true Biblical and spiritual truths is impotent.

To learn more about Holly Ellison Henderson please visit her website at Holly for House.

5 comments
  1. It’s a shame that more space has not been given to Scott Murphy, who is truly pro-life and running against Bob Ehrlich, who is not. Even very polling refused to name Murphy and “other” was stuck at 5%.

    Ehrlich is another pro-abortion candidate endorsed by Mitt Romney.

  2. David,
    Thank you to responding to this article. I had an interview with the Maryland Gazette-Star newspaper as they are deciding which candidates to endorse. I was asked what would be my first legislation I would propose and I answered: I WOULD REQUIRE PARENTAL NOTIFICATION FOR TEENS CONSIDERING TO HAVE AN ABORTION.

    Currently, Maryland law allows young girls to proceed with having abortion without having to tell their parents. We can require our citizens to be 18 to vote and 21 to drink alcohol, but a 13 year old girl can making a life-changing decision without her guardian’s input.

    While I DIAGREE with Gov. Ehrlich’s stance on the Pro-Life issue, I do support him as the best Republican candidate we have to challenge Mr. O’Malley to reclaim the Governor’s seat.

    Ehrlich was the first Republican Governor elected in more than 40 years! Democrats have held power of the Maryland General Assembly since 1880! FOR OVER 100 YEARS there has been a monopoly by the Dems.

    The time has come for sweeping change.

    While there is a contested primary between Bob Ehrlich and Brian Murphy, I will support Erhlich, BUT, should Murphy win the nomination, then I and other Republicans WILL support Murphy.

    Here is why I believe Erhlich is the best GOP candidate for Maryland Governor:

    Prince George’s County

    Historic Education Investment

    K-12

    * Increased county public school funding by a record 46% totaling $846 million, the most total funding in the State

    * Investing nearly $6,700 in every Prince George’s County public school student this year alone

    * Grade 5 reading test scores improved 16 percentage points (2003–2006)

    * Grade 5 math test scores improved 23 percentage points (2003–2006)

    * $90.2 million for K-12 school construction and renovation projects in Prince George’s County

    o 7 new schools

    o 4 major additions

    o 5 major renovations

    Higher Education

    * Doubled need-based financial aid statewide and awarded college financial aid to nearly 22,000 Prince George’s County students

    * Froze tuition levels this year

    * Constructed new High Technology Center at Prince George’s Community College

    * Renovated Accokeek Hall at Prince George’s Community College

    * Constructed a Center for

    Business and Graduate Studies and a new Fine and Performing Arts Building at Bowie State University

    * Constructed a new Biological Science Research Building at University of Maryland, College Park

    * Constructed new Engineering and Applied Science Building at University of Maryland, College Park

    Preserving the Environment:

    * Preserved 1,000 more acres of Prince George’s County landscape and providing funding to preserve an additional 50,000 acres statewide

    * Planted 4,000 acres of cover crops in Prince George’s County, stopping 36,000 pounds of pollution from entering the Bay

    * Rebuilt Prince George’s County school buses to reduce harmful pollutants

    * Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act will cut nitrogen pollution from wastewater treatment plants nearly in half

    “A huge victory for the Bay, the most significant environmental advance in Maryland in nearly 20 years.” – Chesapeake Bay Foundation President, Will Baker

    Reducing Gridlock:

    * Construction is set to begin on Governor Ehrlich’s top transportation priority, the Intercounty Connector. The Governor has also launched:

    o Reconstruction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

    o $1.1 billion for upgrades to the METRO

    o New interchange on MD 4 at Suitland Parkway

    o Replacing MD 201 bridge over Amtrak

    o Upgrading MD 450 to multi-lane highway

    o New interchange for Greenbelt Metro Station at I-95

    o Studying extending the METRO to BWI

    * In addition, provided Prince George’s County more than $132 million to use on its local transportation system

    Expanding Healthcare Access:

    * Providing healthcare for 103,000 needy Prince George’s County residents

    * Funding landmark stem cell research

    * Constructing and renovating facilities to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities

    * Designing a new federally qualified health center to provide care to needy residents

    * Established the nation’s first cabinet level Department of Disabilities

    * Opened a regional Veterans Services Office in Landover

    Strengthening Public Safety:

    * Led State effort to renew cooperative vehicle theft reduction initiatives in region

    o 7% reduction in auto theft rate in 2005

    * Dramatically reduced the detention population at the Cheltenham Youth Facility, introduced new programs for better treatment, and provided funding to begin construction of a new state of the art detention facility

    * 34 Maryland State Police “Smart Cars” on the road, giving Troopers in Prince George’s County direct, real time access to criminal databases

    * Awarded $102,000 to Prince George’s County Government to enhance supervision, registration and monitoring of sex offenders

    Fostering Economic Growth:

    * 13,800 new jobs in Prince George’s County

    * 3.7% unemployment rate

    * Defeated $7.5 billion in tax increases proposed by the Maryland General Assembly, including a proposed 20% increase in the sales tax

    * Designated City of Hyattsville as a Priority Place and Arts & Entertainment District to revitalize the Route 1 Corridor as the traditional downtown of Hyattsville

    * Helped 265 Prince George’s County residents become first-time homeowners with the More House 4 Less program

    * $2.1 million to 18 organizations to support and promote the arts

    Holly Ellison Henderson, Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 26 (Fort Washington, Oxon Hill, Temple Hills and Camp Springs).

    1. I am honored that you would respond to my post. I know that you are running as a pro-life candidate. Early polling showed that any Republican could win the election. That is why is so disappointing to see people pledging to be pro-life support a candidate that thinks it is okay to murder children. I am not a one-issue candidate (neither is Brian Murphy) but life trumps all other issues. If you have no right to live,you have no right to property.

      Please be bold and support the pro-life candidate. God will honor your decision to do the right thing.

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