Ward 2 voters face a long list of exciting election races coming up for County and State elected offices. To the extent that you think my opinion can be helpful, the following are some of the candidates that I think would best represent Takoma Park in county or state work.
County Council District 5
Tom Hucker – I’ve known Tom since I started work on Council and he and his staff have responded quickly on almost every request I’ve made on behalf of Ward 2 residents. I expect he will bring that same commitment to service to the County Council alongside of his ability to get legislation passed on living wages, worker protections for pregnant women, environment, fair job benefits, protection of our food supply and Chesapeake Bay and a host of other progressive priorities that will help Montgomery County become an even better place to live. Tom follows through for people and he knows how to put together majorities to pass legislation.
County Council At Large
You get four At Large votes and I expect to make more endorsements but right now just have one.
George Leventhal – George is a Takoma Park resident and currently serves on County Council. He has been a champion of the Purple Line, requiring calorie labeling at fast food restaurants, smoking bans in apartment building common spaces , limits on the unilateral powers of the County executive, aging in place efforts and a suite of other initiatives. He has also always been responsive in following up on constituent concerns I bring to his attention.
Board of Education
Jill Ortman-Fouse would be an exceptional advocate for all of Takoma Park’s children if she is elected to the Board of Education, At-Large. Jill has been a fantastic community advocate, bringing parents together in past campaigns to protect and improve schools in the Silver Spring/Takoma Park area. I’m amazed by how many parents I run into who have a personal experience with how Jill has tried (and often succeeded) in helping them with a school issue. She is launching her campaign at an event tomorrow (Apr. 5th) from 2-4 pm at El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring.
District 20 for State House of Delegates
You get three representatives in Maryland's House of Delegates and three votes on the ballot. You can 'undervote' if you want to only vote for 1 or 2 candidates who you favor.
Sheila Hixson is a senior member of leadership in the House of Delegates, chair of the Ways & Means committee, and has been successfully representing Takoma Park's interests in Annapolis since 1976. These include both city service interests - she has successfully gotten funding, supported state policy change and otherwise passed legislation directly focused on Takoma Park. And she has championed progressive legislation that benefits Takoma Park and all of Maryland, both through her votes and co-sponsorship of bills but also using her leadership post to ensure bills make it to the floor and don't die in Committee. Sheila does great things for us in Annapolis and I'm happy to support her.
Will Smith is a candidate with the right positions on big issues for a stronger middle class. Yet he understands that as a newly elected member of Maryland’s lower house, his power lies in case work - constituent services - for you. I believe he will provide excellent assistance as your advocate when problems arise with state agencies, utilities and other challenges while taking on broader state policy as well. He would champion further innovations in our health care system, improvements in the state’s education system to help students throughout Maryland and smarter growth that help small communities like ours thrive. Will listens and acts, rather than just talking.
David Moon has experience running effective campaigns on justice issues like marriage equality and the Dream Act and his election would put him into position to be even more effective, working from the inside to advance progressive causes. Maryland has a part-time legislature, so that ordinary citizens from all walks of life have representation. But there are very few grassroots organizers and issue advocates in the Democratic caucus. David would bring those strengths to Annapolis. I think he will focus on social issues like rolling back drug crime punishments, women's pay equity and living wage issues but has also prioritized state efforts to address climate change.
District 20 for State Senate
Jamie Raskin does not have any competition in the June primary election that I am aware of, but he has been such an effective champion for Takoma Park in Annapolis and leader in passing better policy that I can't help but share my enthusiastic support for him. He works incredibly hard and throws himself into big and little issues and never forgets about constituent services. I'm proud to have him as our one and only senator.