CASA in Action Endorses Team Rockville Candidates

CASA in Action, the region’s largest pro-immigrant electoral organization, is pleased to announce its endorsements for Rockville’s upcoming elections on November 5. CASA in Action’s Board of Directors endorsed those who support a pro-immigrant agenda that benefits working families.

“Now more than ever, our local elections are important for our immigrant community. This year we will fight to elect candidates who will provide social and economic opportunities to help all Rockville residents,” said Yaheiry Mora, Director of CASA in Action. “The candidates we endorse have a longstanding history of activism and are fearless champions in the fight for equity and justice.”

Here are the Team Rockville candidates who inspired CASA in Action members to get involved:

​As a member of the Rockville City Council for six years, Virginia D. Onley fought for progressive policies that increase participation of all residents of Rockville. This includes voting in favor of Rockville’s Fostering Community Trust Act, a critical ordinance that ensures that the City remains inclusive and safe for all members. We believe that Ms. Onley is the right person to lead Rockville as Mayor.

A fierce advocate who has dedicated his life to advancing affordable housing, James Hedrick is a progressive activist who will increase funding for housing and job opportunities for low and moderate-income working families.

As a pediatrician and physician representative for the Montgomery County’s Mental Health Advisory Committee, David Myles has worked to ensure that public initiatives are mindful of the challenges faced by children who have mental health conditions. His goal is to improve the lives and access to healthcare of all children and residents of Rockville.

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Action Committee for Transit endorses Team Rockville

Montgomery County’s Advocates for Better Transportation

Team Rockville cares about expanding transit options, reducing traffic, and protecting neighborhoods from harmful development so we’re pleased our hard work in this area has been recognized by the Action Committee for Transit with this endorsement:

The Action Committee for Transit endorses the Team Rockville slate for Rockville City Council. Team Rockville is committed to stopping the destructive plan to widen I-270, to making lively, walkable mixed-use neighborhoods flourish around the city’s Metro stations, and to increasing the supply of affordable housing for Rockville tenants.

The two current council members on the slate have shown their commitment to a better Rockville. Town center resident Virginia Onley, the slate’s mayoral candidate, has worked hard to make downtown Rockville thrive. Mark Pierzchala initiated the citizen movement against the I-270 widening. They are joined by three first-time candidates: James Hendrick, who has a particularly far-seeing urbanist vision, Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, and David Myles.

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Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats Endorses Team Rockville

Yesterday, the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD) and its regional organization, Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Montgomery County (CAPAD-MC), endorsed the members of Team Rockville in the Rockville Municipal election:

In their endorsement, CAPAD-MD and CAPAD-MC stated that they recognized our

commitment and proactive stance to promote diversity and fairness, recognize the special needs of multi-cultural communities, and support economic empowerment for minority communities and the community at large.  CAPAD-MD and CAPAD-MC also believe that your vision and actions would help improve Montgomery County’s and Rockville’s economic position, address and integrate the special needs of our immigrant communities, support minority small businesses, and continue to make Maryland, Montgomery County and Rockville one of the best places to live for working families. Once again congratulations.

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David Myles on the Rise of Opioid Deaths in Children

Dr. David Myles, pediatrician and candidate for Rockville City Council

When children die from opioid use, few seem to care.

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) documented a three-fold increase in opioid deaths among people 19 years of age and younger from 1999-2016.  I work as a pediatrician in an emergency department in rural Maryland and have treated children who overdose on opioids.  As shocked as I was to learn of this sobering statistic, I was more concerned about the lack of coverage that this information generated among mainstream media outlets.

I have generally applauded the response many segments of society (including the media, governmental bodies, law enforcement, etc.) mounted in response to this opioid epidemic.  Learning from the wrong-headed approach to the war on drugs of the 1980s in which people who used drugs often bore the brunt of the negative vitriol and related consequences, current approaches have viewed drug use as more of a health condition.  Instead of criminalizing drug use, many jurisdictions have set up “drug courts” to help people with drug use disorders get treatment and keep them out of the criminal justice system.  Even with this more well-informed approach, shortcomings exist—particularly as it is related to addressing opioid misuse for minors.  More specifically, many of the modalities used to treat opioid misuse (medications, treatment centers, etc.) are difficult for minors to access.  

When minors are discussed with regard to the opioid epidemic, the focus is often on prevention and awareness.  While laudable, such efforts do not address the needs of minors who are already misusing opioids and need treatment.

The federal government and some municipalities have made great strides in their financial support to expand centers where people with a history of opioid misuse can get help.  However, there are very few centers throughout this region and country that will treat minors who misuse opioids.  There are also medications that help people wean off of opioids (e.g. suboxone) but very few providers are certified to provide this medication for people less than 18 years of age.

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How Vote-By-Mail Works in Rockville

Team Rockville candidates explain how vote-by-mail works in Rockville in this short YouTube video. Remember, election day is now election month starting in early October when you receive your ballot by mail and ends when the City of Rockville receives your ballot by 8:00 p.m. on November 5, 2019. Postmarks do not count.

To receive a ballot automatically by mail, be sure you’re registered by September 20. After that, you’ll need to register in person at City Hall (you can even register and vote the same day on November 5). More information about voting is available at the City of Rockville.

Team Rockville Goes Out at Night Despite Thunderstorm

National Night Out experienced terrific thunderstorms in Rockville, but where neighborhoods could gather, Team Rockville candidates visited. To share the evening with others who weren’t able to attend, here are a couple snapshots from our visit to Living Faith Lutheran Church in Twinbrook. Thanks for welcoming us and the community during this important national event.

Did you know that Councilmember Mark Pierzchala voted to build Rockville’s police department and Mayor Bridget Newton voted against it?