Who am I?
I bring over 20 years of experience in government, non-profit policy advocacy and small business to my campaign for city council.
I have advocated for municipal electricity. Crafted legislation to prevent cities from purchasing sweatshop products and to promote fair housing. Helped national environmental organizations fight for clean water and better transportation. Worked with labor unions to promote a worker rights and retirement security. Fought against the Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance decision by creating a nation-wide campaign, Murray Hill Inc for Congress, that received international attention highlighting the absurdity of the decision.
My jobs have ranged from positions with City Councils, mayor's executive assistant, labor union organizer, crimewatch director, communications professional and small-business owner. And, I hold a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore, as well as a membership in the American Society for Public Administration.
Why am I running?
Takoma Park has a long progressive tradition, from being the first community in our area to adopt recycling, to standing up against nuclear power in the 80s, to having strong tenants rights laws. However, I believe we are not well managed as a city and are not taking bold steps to use our structure as a city to create new programs and infrastructure to benefit residents today and for future generations.
I have three major concerns.
Quality the city must be managed to continually improve--from recycling, recreation to roads. Our services should set us apart. If not, we should ask hard questions to learn why not.
AccountabilityThe current city budget has few goals or other measures to tell us if taxes are well managed for the services we receive. As a councilmember, I will fight for clear, measurable goals for departments to make our spending efficient, effective and fair.
InnovationDecades ago, Takoma Park was a leader with our recycling program. Where do we lead now? This is why I advocate for a municipal electric company, for less expensive, renewable, and reliable service for decades to come. We need big ideas to make our city better todayand tomorrow.
Fund the professional review to start the process of moving Takoma Park towards a public electric utility.
Institute more performance measures into city government so we can learn well programs truly serve residents and how to best to allocate resources so front line workers have the tools they need to provide expected services to residents.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
This is a small election, so people power is where it is at. I have been building support through personal outreach, especially to voters traditionally overlooked in municipal elections. I also have the support of the local AFL-CIO, who will work with me to reach voters in the ward.