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Grassroots Support Lifts Councilmember Hans Riemer Over Public Finance Threshold

More than 250 county residents have donated more than $20,000 to Riemer’s campaign, which will qualify him for public matching funds

ROCKVILLE, MD., June 27, 2017 — With hundreds of county residents providing grassroots donations to his campaign, Montgomery County Council Vice President Hans Riemer (D – At Large), announced that he has sufficient community support to qualify for public matching funds on the first day of filing.

In order to qualify as a public finance candidate, an At-large Council candidate must have donations from at least 250 county residents, totaling $20,000. The qualification period opened on June 24, 2017.

In making the announcement, Riemer said, “The only way change ever happens through politics is when people work together towards a common goal. Montgomery County’s new reformed campaign system enables residents of all backgrounds to work together to elect candidates who will be accountable to them. It is also a great way for candidates to steer clear of the influence of big money in politics.”

Working with grassroots activists, Riemer organized house parties, bbqs, coffees and bike rides and reached out online to talk with county residents about the big impact they can have as small donors.

“As I have worked to build grassroots support to qualify for public matching funds, I have had so many helpful discussions about county issues. Residents have responded very positively and provided input to the agenda I have set for my council office, including

  • Creating awesome urban areas that provide a marvelous quality of life for all of us while directing development where we have the best infrastructure and smallest environmental impact
  • Fighting for better education by reducing class size and expanding school construction
  • Protecting our climate with smart growth, clean energy, tree canopy and anti-litter reforms
  • Boosting childcare, afterschool programs and early childhood services, particularly for lower income families
  • Leading the push to support walking, biking and public transportation
  • Standing strong to improve our libraries, parks, services for the vulnerable, senior transportation
  • Creating economic opportunities by supporting our cybersecurity, biotech and STEM job sectors, local manufacturing, breweries, and nightlife to attract and retain talent
  • Making the tough choices on fiscal policy to manage our resources responsibly
  • Working tirelessly to promote opportunity for ALL our residents

I am grateful for the opportunity to run as a public finance candidate,” said Riemer, “and I look forward to the year ahead as I move from meeting the threshold to fully funding the campaign.”

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June 4, 2017 – Fundraiser at Home of Kenneth Baer and Caron Gremont

Please join me for a fundraiser at the Home of Kenneth Baer and Caron Gremont:

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 4:30PM
4606 Highland Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland

Donate in advance to reserve your tickets. Credit cards and checks will be accepted at the door.

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How to follow my work at the Council

I publish a blog featuring information about the County Council and my day-to-day work as an At Large Councilmember. Follow along!

You can also visit my official Council website, which has more information and contact information if you ever need to reach me or my staff.

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We won

Thank you for your support of my campaign! I am pleased to say that I earned 49,932 votes and won re-election convincingly to the Democratic slate for County Council At-large. The Democratic primary was highly competitive and my strong finish is testament to voter support for a campaign of progressive ideas and values. I am profoundly grateful for your support and for the chance to serve Montgomery County for another term as your council member. Now on to the November election!

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Why you should vote for me

I’m Hans Riemer and I’m running for re-election to represent all of our residents as an At-large member of the County Council.
When I joined the County Council in 2010, our government was deeply impacted by the Great Recession. We were in a great fiscal crisis. But today, as a result of many strong choices that we made, this county is in a better place — our government is leaner, our policies are more prioritized, and our services are smarter.

I ask for your support to keep Montgomery County moving forward.

My wife Angela and I have two young boys, the older of whom just started kindergarten in MCPS. I am big believer in our public schools and I am totally dedicated to making sure that they continue to make progress by reducing class size and closing the achievement gap.

Being a parent and seeing my son’s classroom has fueled my passion for supporting families by enhancing public education and public transportation, and supporting anti-poverty programs such as the minimum wage, and community health care clinics.
I have successfully expanded several child care initiatives for the county, and I am looking forward to another term on the County Council so that we can make more progress on child care and universal pre-k. Specifically, we should place child care facilities in an as many public schools as possible, provide support to parents who need help affording child care and providers who need help expanding and maintaining their facilities, and reform the process of allocating public space to providers.

My signature accomplishments include passing a law to increase the county’s Earned Income Tax Credit, which reduces poverty; the Open Data Act of 2012, which improves transparency; a cybersecurity industry tax incentive to create good jobs; and my initiative to improve the county’s dining and nightlife, to improve all of our residents’ quality of life and to help the county retain its younger workers and empty nesters.

I’ve taken on Pepco, by exposing their unfair profits and demanding accountability for our state utility regulators. I’ve taken on county government when it allowed too many employees to receive take-home cars. And I’ve introduced a property tax credit for low-income seniors to help them stay in the county.

I am a strong supporter of public transportation, and I have worked successfully to help fund Metro to make it more reliable, the Purple Line (we expect to break ground in 2015), and the upcounty Corridor Cities Transitway, so that all of our communities can have access to high quality public transportation. This year, I created a new item in our capital budget that will fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements in our urban areas. I am also working to expand Ride On’s bus fleet. The Action Committee for Transit, the county’s premier advocacy organization for public transportation, gave me a perfect ranking on its scorecard.

Prior to serving on the County Council, I was the National Youth Vote Director for the Obama 2008 presidential campaign, and I was the political director for Rock the Vote, the youth voter engagement campaign. My experience spans the whole age spectrum, as I was also a senior advisor for AARP and I played a leading role in national campaigns to stop the Republican Party from privatizing Social Security.

Montgomery County has made great strides since I was elected in the difficult times of the Great Recession and I am working hard to make sure that it remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Organizations who are supporting my reelection campaign include the Montgomery County Education Association, the Washington Post, the Service Employees International Union, Casa in Action, the volunteer fire fighters, NARAL, the African American and Hispanic Democratic Clubs, Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats, UFCW Local 400, One Montgomery and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors. Planned Parenthood of Metro D.C. has given me a perfect rating.

I’m Hans Riemer, and I ask for your support in the June Democratic primary. Let’s keep moving Montgomery forward.

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Washington Post Endorsement

On Monday, I was honored to receive the Washington Post’s endorsement for a second term on the Montgomery County Council:

Despite a sharp learning curve in his first term, Hans Riemer took the lead on measures to restore a key anti-poverty program and modernize the county’s approach to open government and online disclosure. He also stood firm in the face of bullying from unions, which threatened to unseat him for daring to help get spending under control at the height of the downturn. That was a trial by fire for Mr. Riemer, and he passed.

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What We’ve Accomplished and My Work on the Issues

Over the last four years, I have worked to write and sponsor legislation that moves us toward a better Montgomery County for everybody who lives here. It can be a challenge, but I’m proud of the progress we’ve made. Check out my blog to get the facts about my work on the issues:

Raising the Minimum Wage

Budgetary Priorities

Strong Communities, Strong Schools

Wheaton Revitalization

Sustainable Economic Growth

Accessible, Responsive Government

Smarter Transportation

Pepco Accountability

The Purple Line