Last week, Natasha Pettigrew, a Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, was killed when an SUV ran her over as she rode a bicycle. The driver of the SUV was so insulated from traffic conditions that she didn’t even realize that she had killed a human being.
This week, the Green Party of Maryland announced that Kenniss Henry, the mother of Pettigrew, would take her daughter’s slot on the ballot. Henry isn’t just the mother of the deceased Senate candidate, however. She’s an interesting candidate in her own right.
Henry is a professional science educator. She is the founder and owner of Wild Science Incorporated, a company with the mission “to advance science education excellence through self-awareness, hands-on activities, and self-discovery while encouraging students to accept the challenges that science offers.” In a year when many Senate candidates are demonstrating an ignorance of basic scientific concepts, Henry is a welcome addition.