Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman – I’ve met with Lt. Governor Brown or heard him speak many times - he is an experienced leader with a vision for how the state can help close the achievement gap between populations of children in our state and he's helped lead a number of successful policy efforts and programs in the last 8 years. I personally do not fault him for the failure of Maryland's health exchange given how many other state exchanges around the country also failed. Having talked with him about leadership, I know he would be an effective leader of the state's tens of thousands of employees. He knows how to set goals and empower his senior staff to implement. He's led state efforts to prevent domestic violence and protect victims, helping achieve a 20 percent drop in assaults, expanding police training, opening new domestic violence treatment centers, and passing laws to toughen penalties and create better protection for women and children from potential assailants. I believe the O'Malley-Brown Administration has done great things for the state and I see that continuing if Anthony Brown is elected governor.
Ken Ulman became the youngest County Executive (Howard County) ever elected in Maryland. He led the county to top rankings as one of the best places to live in America, created a County Office of Sustainability and was one of the first signers of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. His work to create the "Healthy Howard" initiative to improve public health earned him a "Bright Ideas" award from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the initiative helped find health care coverage for more than 7,000 residents. He's a nationally-known leader in health care policy and he also created a co-op model of delivering healthcare to low income and working families through the Affordable Care Act.
Brian Frosh – Brian Frosh is an easy choice for Attorney General. He has served in the state legislature for more than 25 years and chairs the Senate Judiciary committee, helping lead passage of legislation on gun safety, restricting assault weapons, cleaner drinking water, fraud protection and many other issues.
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 4 - four - votes for At Large representation on the County Council. I am happy to endorse George Leventhal. George is a Takoma Park resident who has served us on the County Council since 2002. I appreciate and respect George's leadership on the Purple Line, environmental issues, health care, and smoking bans in common areas of apartment buildings, and to help provide seniors with tax credits that let them age in place. He's been extremely responsive whenever I asked for help on behalf of Ward 2 residents on everything from illegal buildings to WSSC and I look forward to his continuing service.
Hans Riemer has my strong support. He is a Takoma Park resident and the only Councilmember with young children in our schools. He led an effort to provide more assistance to the working poor and his county Nightlife task force will keep generating innovative ideas to deliver improvements in quality of life, countywide, that mirror business, restaurant, walking improvements we see in TkPk. He also deserves credit on issues like keeping sidewalks clear of snow, getting buses on accurate schedules, more transparency into what the county is doing and bikeshare. I look forward to his future work on pre-K and afterschool care.
Board of Education
Jill Ortman-Fouse would be an exceptional representative 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. With Jill on the Board, I think we would first get more information about what the Board does, second would see more funding directed to this areas schools which have more children in need than any other part of the county, and third, get more engagement from the Board with parents who have great ideas about innovation in our schools.
District 20 for State House of Delegates
You get three representatives - and three votes - in the state House of Delegates and I remain undecided on my third preference. Darien Unger and David Moon are both strong candidates. I plan to support:
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.
Sheila Hixson is a fantastic advocate in Annapolis, would be the only woman on our delegation and is likely to remain Chairwoman of the powerful Ways & Means Committee. It will be years before any other of our Delegates gets that level of seniority to influence legislation and spending. Sheila has been key to passage of much progressive legislation and deserves reelection.
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.
Democratic Central Committee at Large and D20
Dave Kunes has been a friend and ally on many issues that are important to Takoma Park. He worked as a staffer in the House of Delegates in Annapolis for years and also led the Montgomery County Young Democrats. Edward Kimmel is a Takoma Park resident and Ward 2 resident who gives near constant attention to policies and politics in the county and state. Both would be able and fair representatives of the area to the state's Democratic Central Committee.