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Dr. Mariela Roca is a Republican candidate vying to represent Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in the 2024 election. This open seat, currently held by David Trone, presents an opportunity for fresh leadership and innovative solutions.
Mariela Roca, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, embarked on her journey of service to our nation in 2005 when she joined the U.S. Air Force at the young age of 20. Her unwavering commitment and dedication led her to become a Global War on Terror Veteran, serving within the Task Force Med and the Bagram Theater Internment Facility (BTIF) in Bagram, Afghanistan, during the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign in 2007. After a commendable tour of duty, Mariela was honorably discharged in 2010, having earned numerous accolades for her service, including the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and NATO Medal.
During her time in the Air Force, Mariela played a vital role as a Medical Logistician, providing essential medical logistics support to military warfighters both stateside and during deployments abroad. Her dedication to saving lives and ensuring the well-being of our troops has always been at the forefront of her service.
Following her military service, Mariela transitioned to the Frederick area, where she continued her career in Medical Logistics as a Federal Employee. She worked diligently for the United States Army at Fort Detrick, supporting the Department of Defense’s Medical Supply Chain Process. Mariela’s commitment to excellence extended into her academic pursuits, culminating in her earning a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus, a Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology from the University of Maryland, University College.
Today, Mariela Roca brings her wealth of experience, dedication to service, and expertise in logistics and healthcare to her role in the private sector, where she works for a leading company in business development. Her transition from a Federal Employee to a dynamic force in the private sector reflects her adaptability and commitment to making a positive impact on her community.
As a candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, Mariela Roca is passionate about addressing the pressing issues facing our community, including healthcare access, veterans’ support, economic growth, and more. She believes in principled leadership and is dedicated to representing the interests of the people of the 6th district.