Mckayla Wilkes is a 29 year old democrat running for election to the United States House to represent Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. Wilkes says that she is running to represent the people of Maryland. Despite her troubled teenage years she turned her life around by enrolling into community college and worked a full time job in as an administrative assistant for the Department of Defense. Her campaign strategies include fighting for affordable housing, Medicare for All, and criminal justice reform. In a recent interview she explained her experiences and the importance of health are and housing in the Black community.