Montgomery County Council District 4
• Where you live: Olney
• Date of birth: Dec. 23, 1963
• Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Conduent Transportation Services
• Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): First-time candidate for public office.
• Campaign information:
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• Where you live: Colesville
• Date of birth: Aug. 15, 1965
• Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Montgomery County Council member
• Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Elected to Montgomery County Board of Education, District 5, 2004. Elected to Montgomery County Board of Education, 2006. Ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery County Council, District 4, 2008 (special election). Elected to Montgomery County Council, District 4, 2009 (special election); re-elected 2010, 2014.
• Campaign information:
1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)
It has been an honor to serve District 4. These are my top three agenda items:
1) Eliminate the persistent opportunity gap that leads to an academic achievement gap. We must recognize that this is a socio-economic imperative for our County.
2) Bring jobs and amenities to the Mid-East County, through revitalization and redevelopment projects.
3) Increase Civic Engagement in disenfranchised communities to increase their power for self-advocacy.
2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)
This election is all about change management. Managing growing needs, restricted resources, and abundant opportunities.
Historically, District 4 has had a lack of job opportunities, amenities and infrastructure improvements. I have worked to change that on a large and small scale. From Wheaton’s revitalization project, to the Georgia Avenue/Randolph Road interchange, a grocery store at Plaza del Mercado, Layhill, bike paths in Olney, and refreshed libraries in Aspen Hill and White Oak.
In addition, excellent schools, quality of life issues, and the participation of previously disengaged residents in our decision-making processes will continue to lead my agenda.
3 – What is one major issue the current County Council has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)
In previous years, The Council, Board of Education, and Superintendent did not enjoy a productive working relationship. Disagreements about budgetary decisions led to tensions and difficult communication. I regret not succeeding in improving the tone and trust.
I believe that we have significantly changed course, through robust policy and programmatic discussions, and collaboration. This is pivotal, as we strive to make improvements that lead to optimal educational outcomes for all students.
4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)
I was Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Centro Familia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic sufficiency of immigrant women, and the school readiness of children.
In 2004, I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education and elected to a full term in 2006. I served as President for two consecutive years.
In 2009, I became the First Latina elected to the Montgomery County Council.
I have served as President, Chair of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee, and member of the Education Committee. Previously, I served on the HHS committee.