State Delegate District 16 (three seats) | Bethesda Magazine

State Delegate District 16 (three seats)

 

Republican

 

Bill Day

Where you live: Bethesda

Date of birth: Aug. 14, 1972

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Attorney, William Day Law Group LLC; Navy veteran.

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): None.

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

I am running to represent the residents of D-16 and to help Governor Hogan. He has demonstrated how government can be competent, have common sense, be practical and humane while advancing an agenda that improves education, creates jobs and improves the economy. As an independent voice in the Montgomery County Delegation, I will speak out against bills that enable our County Council to spend, tax and advance social agendas for their special interest groups.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

The report by EmpowerMontgomery should be a wake-up-call for all residence of our county. Our county is underachieving economically. The county’s debt and taxes continue to rise to pay for the Council’s agenda, while the tax base decreases. Wealthy residents are moving out of the county and poorer residents are moving in. Companies are not opening or relocating here. Without the creation of new jobs and growth of the tax base, the services that our residents have grown accustomed to will not be sustainable. We need to streamline regulations, incentivize businesses to locate in MoCo and reduce taxes.

3 – What is one major issue the current House has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

Montgomery County’s government owned liquor monopoly is a relic of the era of prohibition. Bethesda restaurants and caterers are suffering from an antiquated system that requires them to purchase liquor from the county government. Those businesses in D.C. and Virginia do not have the same constraints. They attract consumers with more selection and cheaper prices. Attempts to do away with system through legislation in Annapolis failed, mainly because of the interference of the county executive. I would review legislation introduced by Delegate Bill Frick and give top priority to getting it passed to benefit all residence of MoCo.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

As a MoCo attorney representing businesses in the county, I am aware of issues and challenges they face. Every day, I interpret and advise on Maryland laws. As a Naval officer and soccer coach, I know how to lead and to build teams to work together to achieve a common goal. I majored in political science at the Naval Academy and worked at the Pentagon. I attended law school at night while working full time at WTOP. Today, my wife and I both work full time and are raising three children. We, like many in D-16, balance work and children.

 

Democrat

 

Ariana Kelly (incumbent)

Where you live: Bethesda

Date of birth: Dec. 7, 1976

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Assistant director for public and advocacy, Genetic Alliance. Former executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland; former executive producer of PBS’ “To The Contrary”

Political party: Democrat

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Maryland delegate (2010-present)

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

It has been a privilege to represent our community for the past eight years. I have a proven track record on issues that matter to Montgomery County, including healthcare, the environment, and education. I want to continue building on to the work I have done in Annapolis including expanding access to healthcare, improving family economic security, and protecting civil rights for all Marylanders.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

We are an optimistic and generous community with shared values of opportunity, education, caring for the vulnerable and respect for our environment. We face challenges with economic security issues — which significantly impact quality of life — and with economic growth. Paying for housing, education, elder care, childcare and health care is especially challenging in our high cost of living communities. We must continue to advance economic policies that help everyone, like paid family/medical leave, debt-free college, universal pre-K, and eliminating the wage gap. We must also leverage our greatest asset — our people — by investing in entrepreneurship and business development programs.

3 – What is one major issue the current House has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

I am incredibly proud of the work of the Maryland General Assembly, and I think we provide a much needed contrast with Congress because we work together in a bipartisan way to address the issues important to the state. However, I would like to see us do more to mitigate the increased tax burden imposed on high cost of living areas with the changes in the federal tax code, which disproportionately affects Montgomery County residents.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

During my eight years representing our community in Annapolis, I have learned critical skills, passed important legislation, and built key relationships. As Chair of the Health Occupations and Long-Term Care Subcommittee, I developed expertise in health insurance and public health issues. I also Chair Montgomery County’s Economic Development Committee and the Joint Committee for Children, Youth, and Families and have served as President of Maryland Women’s Caucus. In each role, I have learned more about the policy issues important in our community, and how to get things done. Professionally, I have worked in advocacy and journalism at NARAL, MomsRising, and PBS.

 

Marc Korman (incumbent)

Where you live: Bethesda

Date of birth: Sept. 21, 1981

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Delegate; attorney, Sidley Austin LLP

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Member of Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, 2007-14

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

I am running to continue the work I have started. We have made progress in increasing our county’s share of school construction dollars, but we need more. We have started to get Metro back on track with dedicated funding and reform, but we now need to make sure the money is spent wisely. We addressed environmental challenges by increasing our renewable energy goals and banning fracking, but there is much more to do.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

Infrastructure is an incredibly important issue to District 16. Infrastructure includes increased school capacity, a functioning transit system, a flowing network of roads, a 21st century electric grid, and more. The state plays a significant role in funding and regulating the various elements of infrastructure that significantly affect our quality of life, economy, and environment. I have been at the forefront of these issues and want to continue the fight, using legislation and the budget process to ensure Montgomery County and District 16 have the resources necessary and the policies in place to address our significant and wide-ranging infrastructure needs.

3 – What is one major issue the current House has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

Overall, I have been impressed with how functional the House of Delegates is. One may not always appreciate the outcome of the process, but the process does work and we are not plagued by the complete gridlock and dysfunction of Washington, D.C., and many states. That said, I would like to see the House engage in much deeper reviews and reforms of the existing government agencies. For example, in 2016 I introduced the Public Service Commission Reform Act and wish legislation like that, which attempts to reform our agencies for the 21st century, received further consideration.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

My four years in the House of Delegates have been an enjoyable and rewarding experience for me, but I also think I have added value to District 16. On the Appropriations Committee, I have been at the forefront of the successful effort to increase school construction funding. I sponsored the bipartisan, regional legislation to provide dedicated funding and reform for Metro that was signed by the Governor and is now law. I have also always tried to remember that the job of a Delegate is not only to pass bills, but also to provide oversight and constituent service.

 

Sara Love

Where you live: Bethesda

Date of birth: April 6, 1967

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: currently not employed; former public policy director, ACLU of Maryland

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Democratic nominee for District 16 delegate

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

I am running because I want to make the world a better place. It may sound corny to some, even naïve to others, but it is truly why I am running. I have spent my life fighting for social justice, and serving as a Delegate is the next, best way to continue working for the values of equality and fairness that I — and the District 16 residents I have spoken with — believe in.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

I don’t think there is any one issue that is the most important in this race or to our district. Having knocked on thousands of doors, I know that our residents are concerned about many issues, from civil rights and liberties to the environment to education to traffic to health care to taxes and more. My priorities are the first three listed here, and the specific plans to address them include not only what is listed on my website, but most importantly bringing together interested parties to move good policies forward.

3 – What is one major issue the current House has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

This year, we saw good environmental legislation that has broad public support defeated by corporate lobbying — including cleaning up our energy grid and clearing polystyrene from our streets and streams. As someone endorsed by the Sierra Club of Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, these issues are a priority for me. I would help build support among progressive legislators to overcome corporate opposition. In particular, we must do more to build a clean energy grid in Maryland and I support strengthening our renewable energy standards for a solar and wind powered future.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

I have experience as a litigator on civil rights cases, as General Counsel of NARAL Pro-Choice America working on federal and state reproductive rights policy, and as the Policy Director for the ACLU of Maryland. I spent years immersed in the Maryland legislative process: drafting bills, building coalitions, lobbying legislators, negotiating amendments, devising floor strategies, working with leadership to pass bills, and even working veto overrides. I spent many years bringing together unlikely partners and forging relationships with diverse groups and legislators for progressive causes. I know the process and the players, and have built a solid reputation in Annapolis.

 

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