s many of you already know, our community is deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and former Maryland State Delegate, Johnny Wood. He was a true pillar of our community, and many will indeed feel his loss. Johnny was a dedicated public servant with an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of Marylanders.
Johnny's contributions to our state were many and varied. Early in his career, he fought to increase funding for local schools and expand access to affordable healthcare for all Marylanders. Later, he was instrumental in securing additional resources for our state's first responders and law enforcement officials. Throughout his time in office, Johnny stood up for what he believed in and fought for the common good.
Beyond his public service, Johnny was a dear friend to many. His warm smile, infectious laugh, and kind heart endeared him to everyone who knew him. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, offer encouragement, and support the causes he believed in.