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

A Fairer Economy

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. In 2013, I introduced and passed legislation to raise our county’s EITC, a landmark anti-poverty measure. I have been an early and strong champion of raising the minimum wage, because I believe we need to restructure the basic rules of our economy to improve the well being of low-income workers. I was one of five council members supporting the county’s strongest paid sick leave policy, and I was one of five council members to support a law that prevents building owners from firing janitors and other building service workers who seek to organize a union by switching service contractors. My work to promote opportunity continues with my advocacy for public transportation, early childhood, after school programs, and more.