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1. Wala Blegay Wala Blegay's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor

D25 Delegate PG Dem - Wala Blegay is a community activist committed to worker's rights, women issues and civil wights. Wala is currently counsel for the DC Nurses Association and a talk show host for the Chat With a Lawyer TV Show, which provides free legal advice to the Prince George's County community, on District Heights, Mount Rainier nd Prince George’s County Cable Television, Verizon 25/Comcast 71. Wala is secretary of the ACLU of Maryland Board, a member of the Prince George’s County NAACP Executive Board and an advocate against human trafficking. She is a Board Member of the Training Source, an organization that provides workplace training for the underemployed and unemployed. Wala previously served on the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission and was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Study of Economic Development and Apprenticeship Programs. She was also a recipient of the 2015 40 under 40 in Prince George’s County award by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund and the Young Democrat of the Year for the Prince George’s County Young Democrats

2. Ryan Sullivan

D-7 BM/Hart Delegate Green - has organized with tenents in one of the Jared Kushner housing properties in his district.

3. David Wilson

D-15 MOCO State Senate Repub. -David Wilson served over 23 years as an Army Medical Service Corps Officer specializing in plans, operations, intelligence, training and security, and retired in 2010 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His career included two combat tours in Iraq in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After retiring as the Command Inspector General for the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Colonel Wilson served six years as a project manager for the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat Program Office at Fort Detrick, Maryland.


4.Rushern Baker Gov Dem (Co. Exec, PG)

- https://youtu.be/PZm5jbkCiyE

5. Robert Dyer

MOCO At-Large - I am running on a bold, progressive agenda with the following 3 priorities:

1. TRANSPORTATION

* I will only support a Purple Line with underground segments beneath Chevy Chase and Long Branch, and which preserves a Capital Crescent Trail tunnel beneath Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Affordable housing and small businesses must be protected along the Purple Line as well

* Expand capacity on the Metro Red Line, especially north of Grosvenor, and seek dedicated funding for 8-car trains
* Expanded MARC service on the Brunswick Line, and improved parking at upcounty stations
* More bicycle infrastructure
* Build a new Potomac River crossing.

*A vote for Robert Dyer is a vote to kill BRT. My opponents' BRT plan will require demolition of 155+ homes and businesses between Olney and Wheaton, and will reduce automobile capacity on 355 and Georgia Avenue by 33% - crippling commuter traffic. Don't let it happen! Save homes by voting for Robert Dyer


2. AFFORDABLE HOUSING

a. 8 new revenue streams for affordable housing and transportation projects will be placed in 2 lockboxes. These dedicated funds will only be spent on construction of transportation and housing projects, or acquisition of existing affordable units.
b. New growth and development policies will incentivize construction of low-density, Levittown-style subdivisions. These will offer affordable, energy-efficient single-family homes, with lots sized to expand as families grow.
c. Protect existing affordable apartment complexes, and existing residential neighborhoods, from demolition and urbanization.

I am one of only 3 candidates running who supports the recommendations of the Tenants Work Group, appointed in 2008 by County Executive Ike Leggett.

3. EDUCATION

a. Universal Pre-K for every child.
b. College education for every child.
c. Program that will link students from low-income areas to new, large firms that we will attract to the county. Some classrooms will be located right in the corporate headquarters, and these student internships and classes will give them an inside track to jobs with these firms after college.

6. Matt Dernoga D-21 Delegate -

Matt Dernoga has lived in Prince George’s County all his life. He grew up in West Laurel, went through the county school system, graduated with a Bachelor's in Government and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. He currently lives in North College Park.

During his time as a university student, Matt was a leader in a student environmental group on campus, working on local, state and federal issues addressing climate change, producing more clean energy, reducing harmful pollution, and protecting our natural resources.

Matt was also active in local politics, having worked throughout 2009 to elect progressive pro-environment candidates to the College Park City Council. For 7 years, Matt worked for the Prince George's County Council District 1 Office on legislative, budget, and constituent issues, helping to pass over 30 pieces of legislation addressing quality of life, economic, environmental, housing, and food equity challenges faced by Prince George’s County. Matt was recently recognized as a Forty Under 40 honoree for his accomplishments by the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund.

7. Nathan Feldman D-11 Baltimore Co. Green -

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