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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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SEIU Endorsement

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I am very proud to announce that I have the support of SEIU.  SEIU has always been a special partner to me in my work to advance social justice. When I was at Rock the Vote, SEIU gave us office space in their building on L Street, and so many senior leaders at the union helped us build a powerful youth vote political program in the 2004 presidential election. When I ran for the County Council in 2010, SEIU Local 500 endorsed me and helped me build a strong base of Democratic support, which carried me to victory and helped me earn more votes than three incumbents. I am looking forward to working with SEIU to strengthen our child care and early childhood programs, an issue that, as a parent of two young children, I am very concerned about.

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Three things I’ll be doing this Earth Day

It’s Earth Day, and as we all appreciate the fantastic parks and green spaces we have here in Montgomery County, I need your support to continue making environmental progress on the County Council.  Here are three top priorities I am working on:

1) Reducing pollution by promoting alternative transportation modes. I advocate smart, sustainable transportation projects like the Purple Line, the Corridor Cities Transitway, Bus Rapid Transit, and Capital Bikeshare, and have fought to see them funded. These projects will cut greenhouse gas emissions and ease traffic by getting cars off the roads during peak traffic hours.

2) Putting new buildings and housing where it is most environmentally responsible. As Montgomery County’s population continues to grow, we must rise to the challenge of ensuring new development is undertaken with the environment in mind. By keeping housing and retail projects close to public transportation hubs, we can minimize their environmental impact and create urban communities that are walkable and green.

3) Planting trees for future generations. I am working with County Executive Leggett to launch a tree planting campaign. I voted for both bills to protect and replenish our tree canopy. Development doesn’t have to compromise Montgomery County’s natural beauty or public resources, and our children will thank us for abundant trees, clean water, and fresh air.

Please help me continue to advocate for priorities that will make Montgomery more environmentally friendly in 2024 than it is today. Let’s look back ten years from now and be amazed by how far we have come. I need your help to get the word out, and I hope I can count on your vote on June 24th.