At Sunday’s forum on racial equity and immigrant rights, I shared my intention, as your next County Executive, to bring an explicit racial equity lens to Montgomery County government decisions. Someone in the audience asked an excellent question: What would my approach look like? I wanted to share some additional thoughts with you. In general, I believe our county government should be required to consider the likely racial impacts of all of our policy and staffing decisions.
“We need a powerful sense of determination to banish the ugly blemish of racism scarring the image of America. We can, of course, try to temporize, negotiate small, inadequate changes and prolong the timetable of freedom in the hope that the narcotics of delay will dull the pain of progress. We can try, but we shall certainly fail. The shape of the world will not permit us the luxury of gradualism and procrastination. Not only is it immoral, it will not work...it will not wor
With 2017 almost behind us, I wanted to share updates on some of the issues I’ve been working on recently: Sustainable Energy: I authored a resolution, along with several of my colleagues, calling for bold reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: we committed to pursuing an 80 percent reduction by 2027 and a complete elimination by 2035. I also pushed to make sure that a second environmental resolution stated that, by 2020, dirty sources of energy (such as energy produced by o
Today, the Montgomery County Council unanimously voted to raise the minimum wage to $15. I was proud to be the sponsor of this bill, which will reduce poverty for low-wage workers in the county and improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of workers and their families. I led the fight to pass this bill for the same reason I led the fight to pass Montgomery County’s last minimum wage increase: I believe that everybody who goes home after a hard day’s work should have