Mimi for Maryland | Shore Pride



"Delmarva is a beautiful place to be, with beautiful people and beautiful cultures. The Bay is our blood—the land is our life and the people are our pride and joy. We have everything that we need right here on the Eastern Shore to make sure that everyone can thrive in today's economy. We just need the right people in Annapolis to help us tap into our God-given potential on Delmarva."  ~ Mimi


Mimi Gedamu

Mimi is a Salisbury native who has guided policies in support of economic development and growth in the U.S. and on behalf of U.S. interests abroad. She has brought together public and private community stakeholders to achieve positive change, even during difficult times. From working with school districts in Delaware to defending the interests of watermen and farmers in Ethiopia, Mimi has been at the front lines of creating policies that address critical issues. 

After returning to Salisbury, Mimi used those skills to resurrect Pemberton Coffeehouse from the graveyard of local treasures that had long closed down. Not only is it now open, it's thriving and its new business model is helping to build and support other businesses on the Eastern Shore.

She made it work in Salisbury and she can make it work in Annapolis too!


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Mimi has coined the phrase "Bootstrap Economic Development" to describe her platform on issues affecting everyday men and women on Delmarva. Bootstrap Economic Development is an approach to development focusing on prioritizing local stakeholders in business, arts, aquaculture and agriculture in all matters of policy. 

It requires all local interests be invited to the table to find ways to meet one another's needs through strategic local partnerships. It is the local small farmer who is struggling to stay competitive being encouraged to partner with local distilleries to create a craft product that is uniquely from the Eastern Shore.  It is the waterman being able to access local markets more easily. It is the local artist having priority over artists from across the bridge.

Our representatives in Annapolis need to create legislation supporting these types of strategic partnerships while actively protecting Delmarva from being the collateral damage of legislation intended to benefit the Western Shore.


Key Issues


Mimi understands that farmers and watermen and women are the flesh and blood of the Eastern Shore.  Her strategy to support and strengthen these industries involves three basic tenants:

(1) review regulations that impede on maximum productivity and sustainable farming practices,

(2) expand distribution channels and the opportunities for peer-to-peer collaborations, test plots and research, and

(3) increase access to continued education training and technology.


BioEngineering & Manufacturing

Real development takes into consideration where a community is today and lets that inform where it can be tomorrow. With our strong history in agriculture, animal husbandry and aquaculture, our growing medical healthcare institutions like Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and our academic institutions like Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the Delmarva Peninsula is ripe with possibilities for strategic partnerships in bioengineering and manufacturing.  

Mimi has years of experience fostering the types of strategic partnerships necessary to help establish sustainable bioengineering technologies. As Delegate she will bring the stakeholders to the table to help springboard the Eastern Shore's strengths into real, sustainable job creation and true creation of a strong and growing middle class.


Education & Public Safety

In her work developing projects across the globe, Mimi consistently found that the key to sustainable economic development is the community's ability to confidently support and empower institutions that educate and secure public safety. It is in our best interest that these public servants be able to faithfully and dutifully execute their responsibilities as fairly and equitably as possible. Any policy that undermines the safety of our public servicemen and women or stops our teachers from providing the best education possible is a policy that undermines our future. 

Be it a Good Samaritan who looks out for his neighbor's house while he is out of town or a nurse who teaches a young mother how to prepare for motherhood, all of us share the burden of protecting our neighborhoods and educating our community. Yet, when there are failings in our society, police and educators are often the first to be blamed.

If elected, Mimi will spend her time in Annapolis making sure that every possible step is taken to prioritize education and public safety in our communities. She will ensure that these public servants have access to fair and competitive compensation packages that reflect the critical role  they play in our society and the unique challenges that they face. 


April 13, 2018

My district and much of the Eastern Shore tend to end up as collateral damage to policies implemented in the interest of mainland Marylanders...

Red Maryland Survey/ Read Full Article

February 26, 2018

We are unique in that in a race dominated by men, you've got a female candidate and an all female campaign...

47 ABC Interview/ Read Full Article

February 21 2018

Mimi Gedamu Is Running For Maryland House of Delegates in District 37B

Candidacy Press Release / Read Full Article



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