I’m excited to be running for Montgomery County Council, a next step in a life dedicated to progressive activism and public service.

This is an important office – responsible for a $5.4 billion annual budget – but also charged with improving the quality of life for all county residents. I will deliver the competent, experienced, visionary leadership our county needs, now more than ever.

What have I done? As a City Council member in Takoma Park, I introduced trail-blazing legislation to ban cosmetic lawncare pesticide use – 16-year-old voting and voting rights for ex-felons – a ban on polystyrene food service ware and expanded recycling. I led efforts to promote right-size local development, expand library and community services, create a public food-waste composting program and promote environmental sustainability. That’s why political analyst Adam Pagnucco says, “It’s obvious that he would be ready to serve on the County Council from day one.”

What will I do? As a councilmember, I will advance

  • school quality
  • transportation options
  • affordable housing
  • economic opportunity
  • childcare availability
  • environmentalism

with a special focus on equity, effective government, and support for our neighbors with the greatest needs.

I will build on my experience as a Takoma Park City Council member and my many years of community service, harnassing the talent, energy, and good will of our county’s residents, businesses, and government. Together, we will promote:

Smart Growth – Housing, retail, and office development – linked to transit, school, and infrastructure build-out – preserving greenspace, trees, and parks.

Effective Government – Your tax dollars spent wisely, equitably, and transparently.

Opportunity for All – Business and job growth, access to quality education, protection of our immigrant neighbors, and policies that foster community entrepreneurship.

And by the way… I have opted in to Montgomery County public finance. I don’t take PAC, developer, or special interest contributions. I believe in clean politics, not rule by big money.

I look forward to working with you to create an even better Montgomery County!