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Are you better off now than four years ago?

Our County has become a place where people do not feel safe in their homes and children are not safe in school. Montgomery County Public Schools have devolved from being one of the top public school systems in the nation, to not even being top in the State of Maryland. Our local economy has stagnated and fallen behind. Our residents and business owners feel over-mandated, controlled, and subordinate to local leaders who are tone deaf to the real issues addressing the County.

I am running for County Executive to change the trajectory of the County.

Budget

County spending must be rational, reasonable and truly needed. We must review current programs and spending before adding new ones.

The current County Operating Budget is laced with unnecessary spending. The Capital Budget is biased toward areas in which the County Executive and County Council live, and unnecessary projects.  The County Executive and County Council continue to spend more than our neighbors on operations, thereby placing continuous upward pressure on taxation burdens.

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Education

The job of the public schools is to prepare students for tomorrow’s reality

Montgomery County Public Schools have devolved from being one of the top public school systems in the nation, to not even being top in Maryland. This is not acceptable.

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Public Safety

Our County has become unsafe. The current administration cut police on the street, disbanded the auto theft unit, and removed School Resource Officers (SROs) from schools. The County Council’s failure to support our first responders has demoralized their ranks and made recruitment difficult.

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Support for Those in Need

“…the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” --Mahatma Gandhi

There are residents in the County that are in unfortunate positions. We all know that to be true. There are Health and Human Services programs in the County that are essential including Child Protective Services, 24 Hour Crisis Center, Emergency Eviction Prevention, Public Assistance Programs, and Sexual Assault Programs.

 

By Authority Reardon Sullivan for MoCo – Victoria Birkett, Treasurer

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Business Development

Northern VA and Prince Georges’ County and Washington DC beat Montgomery County on Job and Economic Growth

Our local economy has stagnated and fallen behind Northern Virginia, Prince George's County and even Washington, DC. Our residents and business owners feel over-mandated, controlled, and subordinate to local leaders who are tone deaf to the real economic issues facing the County.

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Stewardship

The leadership of the County Executive and County Council has propagated the same failed policies and played musical chairs with the same people for 12 years with no real progress. County residents are seeing the worsening violent crime, decline in school performance, increasing debt to finance the county budget, and moribund business and job growth.  (Read More)


By authority of Reardon Sullivan for MoCo- Victoria Birkett, Treasurer
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