Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Dumais will concentrate on health care, if reelected to District 15 House seat

Transportation, education are other top issues for delegate from Rockville

Gazette Profile by Danielle E. Gaines | Staff Writer

Del. Kathleen Dumais takes her work with her to Annapolis.

As a family law attorney in Bethesda for 21 years, Dumais (D-Dist. 15) of Rockville said she is surprised at the health care issues that crop up as she untangles complicated divorce cases, including upper- and middle-income professionals without insurance and, for those with insurance, the cost of maintaining their plans.

“I’m always astounded,” she said.

Increasing health care access is one of her top priorities as Dumais campaigns for election to her third term in the State House. If reelected, she will look at creating health insurance pools so small businesses can provide plans to employees.

During eight years as a delegate, Dumais, 52, has served on the House Judiciary Committee and associated herself with numerous bills that address questions of law.

In her most recent term, Dumais sponsored 71 bills, 17 of which became law. She co-sponsored 395 bills, 123 of which became law.

She has $22,227.93 in campaign funds on hand, according to a finance report filed Aug. 17.

Along with health care, Dumais plans to concentrate on education funding and transportation issues.

She thinks both are tied to the economic growth of the county. “If we have a strong education system, that helps us as the economic engine of the state,” she said.

She supports the Corridor Cities Transitway and Purple Line as environmentally conscious alternatives to driving. “If they get the CCT in, hopefully more businesses will come in around the hubs,” she said. “It’s a smarter way to grow.”

Dumais has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Education Association, Progressive Maryland, Sierra Club, MD-DC State Federation of AFL-CIO and several other organizations.

She is running on a slate with fellow incumbent Del. Brian Feldman (D-Dist. 15) of Potomac, candidate for delegate Aruna Miller and incumbent state Sen. Rob Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) of Germantown.

District 15 includes Clarksburg, Darnestown, Germantown, Poolesville, Potomac and portions of Bethesda and Gaithersburg. Democrats in the Sept. 14 primary are Feldman, Dumais, Miller, David Fraser-Hidalgo of Boyds and Lara Wibeto of Darnestown. The top three vote-getters will face Republicans Sylvia J. Darrow of Potomac, Scott Graham of Dickerson and Matthew Mockerman of Clarksburg and Libertarian Arvin Vohra of Bethesda in the general election Nov. 2.

-Residence: Rockville

-Date of birth: July 5, 1958

-Age: 52

-Party: Democratic

-Education: Juris Doctorate from University of Maryland School of Law

-Work experience: Family law attorney at Paley Rothman in Bethesda since 1989.

-Family: Single, no children.

-Top three issues: Quality K-12 and post-secondary education, transportation and affordable health care.

-Campaign funds: $22,227.93 on hand; plans to raise $15,000 to $20,000 more.

-Previous political experience: Member of House of Delegates since 2002.

-Other affiliations: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Montgomery County Bar.

-Web site: www.kathleendumais.com

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