Accomplishments & Goals

Standing Up for Progressive Values

  • Passed legislation improving access to affordable health insurance for employees of County contractors and strengthening the County’s Living Wage Law
  • Added funding for child care for most vulnerable residents
  • Passed Secure Communities Resolution to keep our local police force from enforcing federal immigration law
  • Passed Gun Control Resolution calling on Congress and the Maryland General Assembly to pass gun safety legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting
  • Created Right to Vote Task Force and Passed Right to Vote Resolution to increase voter turnout in Montgomery County
  • Sponsored Marijuana Decriminalization and Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Resolution to request that police de-prioritize simple possession of marijuana by adults
  • Passed legislation providing equal benefits for same-sex couples employed by County contractors
  • Passed strongest Earned Sick & Safe Leave law in the nation
  • Passed landmark Minimum Wage legislation as Council President and cosponsored bill raising minimum wage to $15

Expanding Opportunities for Children, Youth, & Families

  • Created and subsequently expanded Teen Escape Club program
  • Saved Ride On’s “Kids Ride Free” Program from proposed funding cuts
  • Increased funding for Street Outreach Network – a gang prevention program – in FY13 budget
  • Increased funding for Excel Beyond the Bell afterschool program in FY13 budget
  • Established the Montgomery County Children’s Opportunity Fund
  • Partnered with the Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation to bring the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Summer Enrichment Program to more than 1,000 students at Title I schools each summer for four years
  • Helped establish Health Center at Bel Pre Elementary School
  • Secured funding for expansion of Wellness Centers to new schools including Wheaton High School
  • Passed legislation creating the Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
  • Passed legislation creating a program that promotes and prioritizes the use of public facilities for organizations that serve youth, vulnerable, and low-income residents
  • Partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to bring Code as a Second Language to Wheaton High School and Springbrook High School

Building Community Amenities

  • Secured funding for County led redevelopment in Wheaton
  • Lead effort to include Olney Civic Commons project in the County’s Capital Budget
  • Accelerated construction of new Wheaton Library & Recreation Center
  • Protected funding for Wheaton High School/Edison Technical High School Modernization
  • Created Department of Housing and Community Affairs capital project to improve commercial facades in the Colesville area
  • Secured funding for the redevelopment of Kemp Mill Urban Park
  • Added major bikeway projects for the Greater Olney Area, including Sandy Spring, to the Capital Improvements Program

Communicating with Our Constituents

  • Created bilingual Council public information officer and weekly Spanish-language radio show
  • Increased Council transparency by televising all Council and committee sessions
  • Organized Latino Action Summit, in partnership with the White House, to give residents an opportunity to interact with officials from federal agencies
  • Strengthened the Interagency Technology Policy Coordinating (ITPCC) by setting clear expectations and providing funding for collaborative technology projects
  • Created Legislative Branch Communications Non-Departmental Account (NDA) to fund website improvements, constituent management software, and technology upgrades

Improving Quality of Life

  • Procured funding for traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements on Castle Blvd
  • New Hampshire Avenue Street Lighting
  • Hosted Community Foreclosure Seminar to provide important information to homeowners during the Great Recession
  • Created Senior Villages Coordinator position
  • Successfully lobbied for state legislation that allowed the County to stiffen penalties for illegal dumping and littering
  • Organized the Latino Leadership Conference in 2012
  • Developed the Latino Civic Project, a linguistically and culturally proficient education program designed to strengthen the civic participation of the immigrant community, which has reached more than 200 Montgomery County residents
  • Cosponsored successful legislation to increase tenant’s rights and improve rental housing inspections
  • Added funding for Suburban Welcome Back Center, assisting foreign-trained health professionals in receiving their license to practice in Maryland
  • Added full-time bilingual staffing at the Holiday Park Senior Center
  • Passed zoning change that paved the way for Aldi Supermarket to open in Plaza del Mercado

Demonstrating Fiscal Responsibility

  • Implemented County’s Fiscal and Reserve Plan as chair of Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee
  • Maintained County’s AAA Bond Rating as chair of GO Committee
  • Closed nearly $3 billion in budget gaps since elected in 2009
  • Made difficult decisions regarding compensation, benefits, and mid-year reductions at the height of the Great Recession
  • Created “Small Business Assistance Program” to help small businesses that are adversely impacted by County-led redevelopment
  • Recommended the creation of the Department of Finance Tax Compliance Unit, saving the County millions of dollars in tax revenues each year by identifying properties ineligible for the Property Tax Credit and Homestead Tax Credit
  • On track implementing plan to increase reserves to 10% by 2020

Promoting Sustainable Growth

  • Wheaton Sector Plan
  • Glenmont Sector Plan
  • Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan
  • Long Branch Sector Plan
  • Kensington Sector Plan
  • Countywide Corridors Functional Master Plan (BRT)
  • White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan
  • Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan
  • Montgomery Village Master Plan
  • Westbard Plan

2015-2018 Goals

  • Changing the narrative about the Mid- and East- County
  • Framing the elimination of the Academic Achievement Gap as a socioeconomic imperative
  • Developing a framework for policymakers to meet our future workforce needs
  • Implementing Wheaton Redevelopment and the White Oak Science Gateway
  • Fully funding the Small Business Assistance Program
  • Creating a dedicated funding stream for youth programming (at local and state level)
  • Expanding quality early childhood education and improving access for family childcare providers
  • Continuing to build capacity for improved Council communications with the public
  • Improving quality of life in previously neglected neighborhoods