Fifth in a six part series, today the focus is on Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk:
Friends say Peña-Melnyk is known for getting personally involved in helping people — driving high school students to college fairs, finding shelter for women who need it, taking neighbors to medical appointments.
“She doesn’t just refer them to an agency,” said Suchitra Balachandran, an environmental activist who is close to Peña-Melnyk. “I often tell her that she can’t make everything a personal mission, but this is how she functions and will continue to function.”
In 2006, Peña-Melnyk defeated several establishment candidates to win an open seat in the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 21, which includes northern Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.
“People told me I couldn’t win,” she recalls with a smile.