Years before Gary Malkowski became the first deaf
ASL-speaking person to win a high level election
(1990 to 199, Legislative Assembly of Ontario)
there was Judy Toth. Deaf but non-ASL user,
she served as the elected delegate to the
Maryland House of Delegates, 1974 to 1990).
While not using sign language, she had to
depend on her hearing aid to keep up with
the legislative proceedings. At times
she felt overwhelmed, got bored and
seemed to give up – but she labored on
for years. And she continued getting
re-elected. She did push for deaf issues
such as TTY installations at government
offices, interpreters at public meetings,
removal of sales taxes on deaf devices, etc.
In 1990 she chose not to run again, and
faded quietly from the limelight.