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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James Hedrick on the Future and Opportunity

Council candidate James Hedrick and his daughter during the first week of school.

My daughter started kindergarten.

Last Tuesday, my family and I participated in a time-honored educational tradition: the first day of school. We dragged our kids out of bed, made a giant breakfast, put them in their newest clothes, and took about a hundred pictures. Thing 1* participated with good grace, smiling for the camera and teaching her little sister how to say “kindergarten”. Then she walked with my wife and I (and some neighbors we met along the way) to her new elementary school, chatting the whole time about the reading area, her teacher, and which playground she liked best. 

Even apart from my obvious bias, Thing 1 is just about the kindest, funniest, sweetest kid in the world. She’s a great artist and a wonderful big sister who loves nothing more than rainbows, unicorns, and dancing. This morning, she was thinking about recess, the lunch she packed herself, and learning to read. Unfortunately, as her dad, I need to think beyond that (although I also packed my own lunch).

Thing 1 is just about the kindest, funniest, sweetest kid in the world.

If parenthood does anything, it changes your perspective on time. You must think five, ten, twenty years down the road. You have to think about summer camps, planning family holidays, and college savings funds. When should they get their own room? Their own cell phone? A car? 

When I started this campaign, I said I got into this race to create the best hometown for my kids that I could. When I say this campaign is about our children, I don’t mean it as a cliche; I mean something concrete for my family and yours. What kind of future are we building for the next generation in Rockville?

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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?

“Run For Something” Endorses James Hedrick for City Council

Hedrick Run for Something.jpgRun for Something, a nationwide progressive organization supporting young candidates running for state and local office, endorsed James Hedrick in his campaign for Rockville City Council.  Team Rockville is proud to endorse him as well and glad he’s part of our team for Mayor and Council in 2019.

Run for Something helps recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future: “the folks we support now could be possible members of the House, Senate, and maybe even President one day.” They lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to training needed to be successful. James is one of only two candidates in Maryland endorsed by Run for Something.

James has been an active resident of Rockville since 2014, where he lives in the Twinbrook neighborhood with his wife and two young daughters.  Professionally, James’s background illustrates his deep commitment to public service. Starting as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) with HUD to his recent tenure on the Board of Rockville Housing Enterprises (RHE) and the Twinbrook Community Association (TCA), James will bring a wealth of practical experience and policy knowledge to the Council. While at HUD, James worked in economic development, traveling around the country helping local officials turn federal money into economic opportunity for their communities.