Here’s How I Am Working for a Better Montgomery County

Here is my record and positions on many key issues.
To review more of my work at the County Council, read my blog.  - Hans

As a parent of two MCPS students, I want for all children what I want for my own: the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Strengthening education is my highest priority. I have championed funding decisions to prioritize class size reduction and new school construction. In the past two years, thanks to the Council’s funding decisions, MCPS has hired more than 1,200 new teachers and other staff members to meet our enrollment challenges. READ MORE…

As a parent, I know first hand the challenge of finding affordable child care, as well as the difference that it makes. That is why I have championed policies to support the child care providers we all rely upon as well as create opportunities for low income children to get access to care when otherwise they would not have any. READ MORE…

As our population grows, we are all more challenged to get where we want to go. As one of the council’s transportation policy leaders, I have championed innovative approaches to promote our resident’s mobility including:

  1. Cooperatively funding and reforming Metro… READ MORE…

Without a stable and growing base of high-paying jobs, Montgomery County will not be able to fund our schools, parks, and libraries; and more importantly our families will not be able to provide for themselves. READ MORE…

For many of us, our fondest memories are the times we spend outdoors with family and friends. As a member of the committee that oversees parks and plans for future parks, I have been a leading voice at the council to create the funding necessary to improve our parks. READ MORE…

The Washington region is one of the country’s most expensive places to live. The cost of housing is a major factor, particularly affordable housing near jobs and public transportation. Over the long term, the best solution to reduce the cost of housing is to increase the supply. READ MORE…

I have worked hard to modernize our liquor laws, and my work has resulted in the most significant changes possibly since prohibition was repealed. But we have more to do.

In 2013 I asked the County Executive to create a Nighttime Economy Task Force, which successfully led to many important changes in liquor laws (such as allowing establishments to open later at night, to sell more alcohol relative to the amount of food that they sell, and to allow craft breweries to sell directly to stores and restaurants without going through a distributor). READ MORE…

Growing up in Oakland, California gave me a perspective on opportunity and economic justice that continues to motivate my work on a daily basis. Pushing the envelope of policymaking to reduce the impact and causes of poverty is a constant focus.  READ MORE…

In our digital age, residents have high expectations for the accessibility of information. That is why I introduced and passed the “Open Data Act” in 2012. The positive impact of this law continues to grow every year, as Montgomery County has become one of the country’s leading local governments in the Open Data movement. READ MORE…

As a Councilmember, I respect and value every voice in Montgomery County and I believe that everyone has something to contribute. I believe that my job as your elected official is to listen to everyone before making a decision, to take everyone’s concerns seriously and treat everyone’s voice with respect, and to respond however I can while staying true to the progressive values that I am elected to advance. READ MORE…

Seniors have as much to gain as anyone from the positive changes that are taking place in Montgomery County, but they have unique concerns about affordability, transportation and quality of life.  As a passionate advocate for creating vibrant urban communities, I also believe that the vision of a walkable community is one that brings together generations. READ MORE…

We can not achieve our goals without buy-in from an informed and engaged political community. That is why I am participating in the county’s new public finance program, which only allows small donations from real people, no PACs or corporate entities. READ MORE…

Montgomery County is a remarkably safe community, but we have challenges, particularly with gang violence. Gangs such as MS-13 prey on our young people and we must do everything in our power to help young people stay out of their grasp, to work closely with those young people who are at risk of falling into gang membership to keep them safe, and to use our law enforcement powers effectively to bring justice for those who are victims of crime. READ MORE…

As the County Council’s Lead for Digital Government, I have articulated a vision for a digital Montgomery County, proposing and securing passage of policies that will enable our community to lean forward on technology and innovation. Making broadband more affordable, abundant, and accessible is imperative to the economic and social well-being of the County as it will power innovation in education, cybersecurity, life sciences, health care, entertainment, public safety and much more. READ MORE…

While corporate location decisions such as Amazon HQ2 and Marriott dominate the news, the reality is that most of our community’s private sector jobs are with smaller companies. We rely upon entrepreneurs to start companies and run them successfully, and county government should provide resources for these business owners to succeed. READ MORE…

My passion for protecting our environment grows from the time I spent in my youth hiking California’s mountain ranges, as well as my sense of justice and fairness for the opportunities that we leave to future generations. My concern for the environment underscores everything that I do at the Council. READ MORE…

Hans Riemer is A Champion For

  • Creating thriving urban areas that provide a marvelous quality of life for residents of every age 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 to meet our surging enrollment
  • 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, and 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.