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MCEA Endorsement

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 having the resources they need to invest in new programs and by fulfilling our commitment to helping all of our children achieve their potential. My appreciation goes out to all of the incredible educators in our community — thank you for your tireless efforts to make our future brighter.

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African American Democratic Club Endorsement

As a councilmember, I work hard to support programs that address disparities in our community. I advocate for equity in our public schools and I have taken many tough votes to support affordable housing. I am a strong supporter of public transportation. I led the charge to restore our Earned Income Tax Credit and I supported a higher minimum wage. I have advanced new child care initiatives, including creating a program to provide business counseling to child care providers, many of whom are new entrepreneurs. And I have worked hard to support community and economic development throughout the county. For these and many other reasons, I am proud to have the support of the African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Endorsement

I am glad to say I have had the chance to put my values into action on women’s health and reproductive freedom issues. In particular, I was able to work closely with my friend, constituent and national leader Kim Gandy, in her work as VP of the Feminist Majority Foundation, to ensure that women were safe as anti-abortion protests mounted against the health clinic where Dr. Leroy Carhart practices in Germantown. The county responded well to that situation thanks to the effective outreach of advocates such as Ms. Gandy, the good work of our police department, and the support of elected leaders. My commitment to choice and to NARAL specifically is also a family value for me: my wife Angela Walker Riemer is a past member of the board of directors of NARAL Pro-Choice America, as well as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board of Directors. Go team!

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Hispanic Democrats Endorsement

I’ve spent my career fighting for social and economic justice and I am tremendously proud to announce that my work on the Council earned me the endorsement of the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County. HDC advocates sensible policy aimed at expanding economic opportunity—the kind of rising tide legislation that lifts all boats. From the minimum wage increase and our restoration of the 100% match on the Earned Income Tax Credit, to increased funding for a safe and reliable public transit system and more affordable housing, I have written and sponsored laws that will build on our success and make Montgomery County fairer and more economically vibrant than it is today. In partnership with HDC, I look forward to four more years of continuing that work.

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MCVFRA Endorsement

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In 2010, I was proud to earn the support of the county’s Volunteer Firefighters and I am pleased to announce that I have their support for my re-election in 2014.  I have made a great personal effort to bring the volunteers together with the county government fire and rescue service to repair and strengthen our partnership.  I think we have made real progress. Thanks to a new dedicated funding source to the fire and rescue service, our volunteer organizations are in better shape and there is also a renewed focus on organizing new volunteers to expand our fire and rescue service.  I am grateful for the recognition by MCVRA for my work on these important issues.

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GCAAR Endorsement

If you have ever bought or sold a home, you may have a special place in your heart for your realtor. I sure do. In Montgomery County, realtors are our agents who are our making the case everyday for our beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools and great quality of life. They have their fingers on the pulse of our community in a unique way. So I am very proud to have earned the support of the Realtors association, GCAAR. Just yesterday GCAAR was at the county council to testify in favor of my low income senior property tax break, and they suggested ways to improve it. I look forward to continuing to work closely with GCAAR in my next term on the County Council.

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Casa in Action Endorsement

We are fortunate to live in a community that has become a destination for new immigrants.  This great change gives us the opportunity to lead the way in building a county that values everyone and helps all people to achieve their potential.  I am pleased to share that, in recognition of my work on issues important to our low income and new immigrant communities, I have been endorsed for re-election by Casa in Action.  Casa is one of our most important community institutions because of its work to strengthen community and social ties and to hold local, state and federal government accountable for meeting so many important needs.  I was particularly proud to work closely with Casa to support the advocacy of our new immigrant youth in their successful efforts to pass the Dream Act in 2012.

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