I've tried to keep learning as much as I can about Takoma Park while serving on City Council, but sometimes I wish information was more accessible.  For example, this information about demographics from the U.S. Census. 

Since 2000, Takoma Park has been a 'majority minority' community.  The 2010 census shows that more than 30% of our residents are born overseas, 60% of whom are not (or not yet) U.S. citizens.  Almost half of foreign-born residents arrived in the U.S. just since 2000.  In Takoma Park, 45% of businesses are Hispanic- or black-owned (20% higher than the rest of the county).  Half our population lives in rental housing - 50% of those homes are covered by the city's rent control policies and another 40% are managed by an affordable housing provider.  One-third of our population lives alone.

Takoma Park is going through a baby boom - one-third of homes include a child or teenager under 18.  One in four residents are under the age of 18 and another one in five are between the ages of 18-35.  Although they make up 21% of our population, 18-35 year olds were only 7% of all city voters in 2011.  The chart below shows the city's age distribution from the latest census in green and the age of voters from the most recent city election (2011) in purple.

Many things are going well in Takoma Park but in other areas, we need both short-term and long-term changes in City policy to improve residents' quality of life.  I'm excited to work on longer term changes that will take more than a year or two years to make progress on but the following short-term priorities are actions that, if elected, I would focus on.