Erek L. Barron is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Barron is running for re-election in the primary on June 26, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.
During his time as an assistant state's attorney, a federal prosecutor, and a lawyer in private practice, Erek has seen first-hand the inequities of the criminal justice system and understands the need to restore public confidence in law enforcement. Erek was a leader in passage of the Justice Reinvestment Act, which implements policies that enhance public safety while reducing incarceration and recidivism by focusing on rehabilitation and drug and mental health treatment. Additionally, he has fought to fix our inherently broken and unequal cash-bail system and for legislation that removes social barriers for returning citizens by expanding access to expungements. Erek will continue to fight for safe communities and a fair criminal justice system for everyone.
We need responsible, equitable, and affordable mixed-use and transit oriented development in Prince George's County. As co-chair of the WMATA-Metro Work Group, Erek firmly believes that we must build and support development around the county's 15 metro stations and other transportation centers, particularly inside the beltway. However, he also believes that economic development is as much about human development as it is about real estate development. Erek has championed measures in the General Assembly that support the stability of hard working families, such as paid family medical leave and raising the state's minimum wage to a living wage.
As a member of the Health & Government Operations Committee, Erek has become one of the leading public health advocates in Annapolis. He has used his position to fight for and achieve full funding for the Prince George's County Regional Medical Center, which will increase access to healthcare and reduce health disparities. He has also been fighting for legislation to expand and improve mental health treatment and resources and tools to combat the opioid epidemic. For example, Erek's legislation to enhance and mandate the prescription drug monitoring program will prevent and curb opioid abuse statewide. Importantly, Erek strongly believes that the General Assembly needs to protect the health care of over 430,000 state residents, many of which are from Prince George's County, who get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act's Maryland Benefits Exchange and Medicaid expansion.