State Delegate District 17 (three seats) | Bethesda Magazine

State Delegate District 17 (three seats)

 

Republican

 

George Ivan Hernandez

Where you live: Gaithersburg

Date of birth: June 14, 1989

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Database analyst at CollabraLink

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)

To improve the political process, namely, to get big money out of politics, enact term limits at the federal and state level, enforcing a balanced budget, pushing to make Election Day a holiday, and overall fostering civic engagement.

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

The most important issue in this race is fixing our political process. I will fight to pass a constitutional amendment to add term limits to U.S. congresspeople. I will also fight to pass this amendment for Maryland state senators and delegates. In addition to this, I will fight to bring more power from the federal level, back to the state level. The states have the ability to check and balance the federal government and I believe this is long overdue. This must be done by calling a constitutional convention and passing amendments.

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

The current House of Delegates is doing an okay job in addressing issues such as education, the environment, and transportation. That is good; however, they are not addressing the underlying political process that has led us to have a $21,000,000,000,000+ national debt, polarization, and corruption. Too often politicians become great at campaigning and fundraising and not on addressing core issues.

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

I have no political experience, but my work as an IT professional has bolstered my ability to think systematically at problems, identify root causes, and provide long-term solutions.

 

 

Democrat

 

Kumar Barve (incumbent)

Where you live: Rockville

Date of birth: Sept. 8, 1958

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Chief financial officer, Environmental Managements Services Inc. in Rockville (hazardous/toxic waste disposal company)

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Maryland House of Delegates, 1991-present

Campaign information:

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

I want to continue my successful efforts to promote affordable renewable energy, clean the Chesapeake Bay, improve K-16 education, rebuild Metro and our road network, and protect universal healthcare. Note, I was named Environmental Legislator of the Year because I led the effort to ban fracking. (See: http://bit.ly/Barve2017EnviroAward)

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

Global warming is an existential threat to the Earth. I am the father of renewable energy in Maryland, having brokered the first deal between the GOP Ehrlich administration and the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate for a 7% renewable energy requirement in 2003. We should expand our current requirement of 25% to 50% now that solar array fields have become (almost) the cheapest form of energy. This can be done in a way that will not increase electric rates, and I will use my position as Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee to make it happen.

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

Currently in Montgomery, Frederick and Howard counties, landlords are not allowed to refuse to rent to a person because they use “housing vouchers.” I brokered a compromise late in the session that would have extended that non-discrimination policy statewide, and passed a bill with a veto-proof majority in the House. The bill did not get a vote in the Senate. So, in the future, I need to lobby the Senate more aggressively.

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

Professionally, I’m an accountant and the CFO of an environmental waste disposal firm in Rockville. This gives me a great understanding of the needs of small/medium sized businesses as well as a practical understanding of environmental regulatory issues. My legislative history is that of Chair of the Montgomery County Delegation, Majority Leader of the House and now Chair of the Environment & Transportation Committee. All this combines to make me an effective agent for positive change.

 

Jim Gilchrist (incumbent)

Where you live: Rockville

Date of birth: May 1, 1965

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: State delegate, District 17

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): State delegate in District 17, 2007-present. Elected in 2006; re-elected in 2010, 2014. Ran unsuccessfully for delegate in 2002.

Campaign information:

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

I am running for reelection to the House of Delegates to continue moving Maryland forward for all of its residents. We have led by funding Metro, increasing access to pre-K, banning fracking, supporting our schools, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, investing in senior centers and parks, supporting higher education, and stabilizing health insurance. I want to balance the needs of the state with its resources and I ask for your vote to continue the work.

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

Maryland must balance its resources and services. I support the ballot question that will provide about five hundred million dollars for education funding. I believe Maryland must find the resources to commit to this investment. My plan is to provide tax relief for low and middle income residents, tax reform for our seniors, and a balanced approach for everyone. This will enable residents to move around the state, enjoy a healthy environment, attend good schools and universities, have access to health care, and enjoy excellent services such as Seneca Creek State Park.

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

Solving problems is a long term process. The current House of Delegates has worked diligently on public justice issues such as taking a first step to protect residents from egregious video toll fines, providing access to health care, enacting Justice Reinvestment, expunging and shielding records to allow for those who have served their sentences to become productive citizens, and allowing bail reform to continue. We have also started a medical marijuana program and decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. There is still much to do to make Maryland fair for everyone.

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

As a part of the Maryland Community Development Block Grant program, I worked on projects across the state to improve water and sewer service, provide housing, and promote economic development. This was excellent preparation for understanding the wide ranging needs in communities across Maryland. Three terms as a legislator has given me a greater understanding of how to meet these needs, how to work with legislators from across the state, and how to sort through hundreds, if not thousands, of different policy proposals.

 

Julie Palakovich Carr

Where you live: Rockville

Date of birth: April 22, 1983

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: CEO and co-founder of Victory Guide (January 2018-present). Public policy manager at American Institute of Biological Sciences (February 2009-January 2018).

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Serving second term on Rockville City Council, November 2013-present.

Campaign information:

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

It’s been an honor to serve on the Rockville City Council for nearly five years. I will bring my experience as a municipal elected official, as a scientist, and as a mother to the House of Delegates — which is severely lacking all three groups amongst its membership. From creating a system for paid family leave to getting big money out of politics, I’m going to fight for progressive reforms in Maryland.

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

I’ve personally knocked on thousands of doors during this race. Transportation and education are the top issues I’ve heard from residents. The State needs to invest more in public transportation to reduce traffic congestion and to address climate change. Permanent funding for Metro is a positive step, but we also need Bus Rapid Transit and expanded MARC service to meet our transportation needs. Having high quality public schools and universal pre-K are vital to our state’s economy. We need a lockbox on the Education Trust Fund to ensure that gambling revenues supplement — not supplant — state education funding.

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

Immigrants are an important part of our vibrant and diverse community. We need to make sure that all residents, regardless of their immigration status, feel welcome.

One of my proudest accomplishments on the City Council was enacting the Fostering Community Trust Act, an ordinance I authored that keeps local police focused on fighting crime rather than using city resources to enforce federal immigration laws.

It’s deeply disappointing that the Maryland Trust Act was not enacted. The House of Delegates passed the bill in 2017, but the State Senate did not. The legislation didn’t make it out of committee in 2018.

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

As a Rockville City Councilmember, I’ve successfully pushed for progressive reforms, including banning smoking in outdoor dining areas, taking action on climate change, improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and helping seniors on fixed incomes to afford their water bills.

I previously worked for a U.S. Senator and for a national scientific non-profit, where I pushed to include science in federal policymaking and trained other scientists to communicate their research to decision-makers.

Prior to being elected, I led three resident advisory groups that addressed infrastructure, budget, and watersheds, and served two terms on Rockville’s Environment Commission.

 

 

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