Montgomery County has always been home.
It’s the village that raised me.
From the time my siblings and I went to Wayside, and even when my mom went to Rollingwood, and my dad went to Radnor, there were certain givens in Montgomery County: we had great schools and parks, wonderful communities, and quality services in the backyard of the federal government. Families inevitably wanted to move here, businesses wanted to locate here, and retirees wanted to stay here.
While the world around us has changed, we’ve been slow to adapt. Wages aren’t keeping up with our high living and childcare costs, and our families are struggling to keep pace. With a new county executive and at least four new council members, we have a generational opportunity to change the way we think about our problems, and how we choose to solve them. We need modern solutions to modern challenges.
A new time that calls for a new approach: Energizing, Sustaining and Modernizing Montgomery County.
It’s about energizing the County with an economic development strategy focused on creating private-sector jobs, transforming our world-class research into high-wage jobs, and embracing disruptive industries that are revolutionizing our economy, so they’re erupting with new jobs here in Montgomery County. We need to target our public investments and utilize our unparalleled assets to encourage families and businesses to invest in Montgomery County.
It’s about sustaining the County by making sure that our communities aren’t only livable, they’re actually affordable. That means addressing the “Montgomery County Squeeze” facing too many of our residents – where high wage jobs aren’t keeping pace with our rapidly escalating living costs. A sustainable community requires affordable housing and accessible childcare, modern transportation infrastructure that’s both safe and reliable, and enhanced public green spaces. Improving quality of life also means smarter growth strategies that reduce traffic congestion and addresses school overcrowding.
To truly be a world-class county, we need a world-class county government. That means modernizing county services so they deliver what our residents expect and deserve. When a County resident interacts with their local government, we should be making their day, not ruining it.
Progressive values are important, but it’s progressive results that actually improve people’s lives. I’ve dedicated my professional life to solving problems, to improving the way government works for people, and to supporting local small businesses.
Whether it’s scrutinizing billions of dollars in government contracts or reorganizing billion dollar state agencies, providing loans to small business struggling to start up or stay afloat in tough times, helping families save for college or addressing the challenges facing our county’s at-risk youth, I know how to make the public sector actually work for the public.
We need to change the way we think about our challenges, and people capable of rolling up their sleeves to actually solve them. It isn’t good enough to have world-class assets, or noble intentions, or unlimited potential. We have to utilize them in a way that attracts families and businesses, and improves people’s lives.
That’s the Montgomery County I was raised to believe in. And together, it’s the Montgomery County we can rebuild together. At this crucial time, in this critical election, I’m ready to take the skills and experiences I’ve developed to serve the county we love, and to solve the challenges we face.
Our Community. Our Campaign. Our Future.
Please join me on this journey.