Letter from MoCo Young Democrats in Support of Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan

September 13th, 2021

Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker

240-777-7960

Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov

Council Office Building

100 Maryland Avenue, 6th Floor

Rockville, MD 20850

cc Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Andrew Friedson, Evan Glass, Will Jawano, Sidney Katz, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice, Hans Riemer

Dear Council President Hucker,

We Montgomery County Young Democrats (MCYD) write in support of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan and its vision for the county, including land use, housing, transportation, parks and open space, and environmental protection. Montgomery County is an excellent place to live but it can and should be improved, and this plan will improve the quality of life for everyone. Below are several aspects of the plan that are especially worthy of your support.

Over the past fifty years Montgomery County has grown tremendously; the 2020 census showed that our county now has over a million people and has grown significantly more urban. The county also has major employment centers, lots of residential neighborhoods, and rural areas. Past and present racial discrimination means that many people still lack opportunities and good services.

Thrive Montgomery seeks to use land more efficiently and anticipates that Montgomery County will become more urban, more diverse, and more interconnected. It recognizes that compact development is valuable and so is diverse use and building types. The plan further promotes better public transportation that focuses on moving people, not just cars. MCYD supports all these objectives.

In order to accommodate Montgomery County’s growing population, promote economic growth, and encourage new businesses, we need more housing and more affordable. Traditionally plans have focused just on single family homes and promoted them as the county’s ideal; single family homes are important, but so are duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, small apartments, and high rise apartments and condominiums. Thrive Montgomery calls for focusing growth in a limited number of locations rather than dispersing it. This has several advantages: 1) it avoids sprawl that is environmentally unfriendly, separates people, and makes them more reliant on cars, 2) encourages a variety of different uses such as retail, housing, and office space, which ensures that people of diverse incomes and backgrounds can live and work closely together, and 3) emphasizes the importance of walking, biking, and public transportation, which reduces pollution and climate change.

Concentrating development in urban areas has the added benefit of preserving agriculture, and even suburbs and rural areas benefit from a mixture of uses and housing types to suit their needs. Improved public transportation will bring additional advantages to Montgomery County, which already has serious traffic problems. Many neighborhoods were constructed just for cars, and it is difficult for residents without them to get around. Low-income residents may also find it difficult to afford cars, which are expensive and require constant maintenance in order to function well. Improved buses, more missing middle housing, denser neighborhoods, and the construction of the Purple Line will make the county a better place to live.

MCYD additionally supports corridor-focused development, which is also included in the plan. Denser buildings and housing should be constructed next to Metro stations, major roads and bus stops, and future Purple Line stations. Following these proposals will reduce traffic congestion and easily connect people across the county and beyond. The Thrive Montgomery plan further states that the county will “amend land use, design, and zoning regulations, including the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations, to remove regulatory barriers and permit corridor-focused compact development.” MCYD applauds these suggestions and believes that single family zoning, which restricts development to only allow single-family homes, is often unsuited for various neighborhoods and contributes to systemic racism. Allowing development of different buildings will expand opportunity for residents and help reduce discrimination. 

Finally, Thrive Montgomery 2050 commits to sharing the benefits of growth with everyone, no matter their neighborhood, class, or race. Montgomery County is often portrayed as a place where everyone is well off. While there are wealthy areas in our county, such as Bethesda and Chevy Chase, that is far from the truth. Eastern Montgomery County is home to more low-income families and has received significantly less resources and services, and fast growing cities like Gaithersburg and Clarksburg also need more attention and investment. Thrive Montgomery will encourage all these changes.

MCYD strongly supports Thrive Montgomery and its ambitions to improve Montgomery County for all its residents. We ask the County Council to support this plan as well.

Thank you very much, and please contact us at mocoyoungdems@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

The Montgomery County Young Democrats

The Biden Administration’s Push for Voting Rights-By Becky Felker

“If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.” These were the words of President Joseph R. Biden on March 26, 2021 in a statement about the attack on the voting rights in Georgia. Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, and now in his first term as President, Biden has come under intense pressure from organizations like the ACLU  (American Civil Liberties Union),  the NAACP, and Common Cause to fight hard to protect voting rights for all Americans. Biden has kept part of this campaign promise by touting S1: For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. 

The official summary of HR/S1 given by Congress is that the For the People Act “addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government.” More specifically, the bill expands voter registration by making automatic and same-day registration nationally available as well as expanding voter access through vote-by-mail and early voting. The bill requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting. This would help to alleviate the partisanship and gerrymandering we see so often today. There is also a focus on election security by creating more support for state elections’ security, cybersecurity, and developing a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions through the establishment of a National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions. Further, the bill addresses campaign finance, including expanding the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requiring additional disclosure of campaign-related fundraising and spending, requiring additional disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishing an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices. The bill addresses ethics in the form of more extensive reporting of conflict of interests in the federal government, creating codes of conduct for Supreme Court Justices, and prohibiting Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity. There is also more accountability and transparency required in the Executive Branch–the President, the Vice President, and certain candidates for those offices must disclose 10 years of tax returns. 

The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, named after the late civil rights icon John Lewis, is similar to the For the People Act in many ways, but has more historical roots. This bill, introduced in the 116th Congress, would reinstall an original section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act which helped to make sure that people of color, especially Black Americans, had equal voting rights, as well as access to the polls. The 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder created a considerable blow to voter equality, especially for minorities. As stated by the Human Rights Campaign:

“Among the invalidated provisions was an enforcement mechanism that prevented states from making changes to voting laws and practices if they have a history of voting discrimination, unless they clear those changes through federal officials. In Shelby, the Supreme Court ruled that the formula for deciding which states and localities have a history of voting discrimination (and were therefore required to pre-approve changes in voting laws and practices) was unconstitutional. This severely weakened the federal government’s oversight of discriminatory voting practices.” 

With this key provision being invalidated, voting rights for people of color are at the most vulnerable yet. Unfortunately, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act has taken a much different path through Congress than the For the People Act. While the Act passed the House in the 116th Congress it failed in the Senate and has yet to be reintroduced into this new, 117th Congress.

Speaking at the memorial for the 100th anniversary since the Tulsa Greenwood Massacre, President Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris would take the lead on protecting voting rights and passing the For the People Act in the Senate. In what will be her first major individual assignment as Vice President,  Kamala Harris’ first job is “going to take a hell of a lot of work” as President Biden put it. Indeed it will. Not only does the John Lewis Voting Rights Act have a grim future, but now the For the People Act does too, with crucial swing vote Senator Joe Manchin announcing he will not vote in support. 

In an Op-Ed to the Charleston Gazette Mail, Manchin explains “voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.” While in strong support for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act to be reintroduced, Manchin thinks slim, partisan victories in the Senate begs the question: “Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants?” Manchin further states that he is not in support of  his other Democratic colleagues’ attempts at eliminating the filibuster and using Vice President Harris for the tie breaking vote. His reasoning for this was that “just four short years ago, in 2017 when Republicans held control of the White House and Congress, President Donald Trump was publicly urging Senate Republicans to eliminate the filibuster. Then, it was Senate Democrats who were proudly defending the filibuster. Thirty-three Senate Democrats penned a letter to Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warning of the perils of eliminating the filibuster.” 

While the filibuster is another hot button issue, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has stated: “We will vote on voting rights legislation, bold legislation, S. 1, in the last week in June.” Schumer has also said that he is willing to negotiate with Senator Manchin in order to get full democratic support for S1, but that “Speaker Pelosi put out a letter to her colleagues just a couple hours ago that said S. 4 (the John Lewis Voting Rights Act), because of its constitutional difficulties and upcoming court cases will not even be ready. So we’re going to put S. 1 on the floor. As I said, we’re open to changes and modifications as long as it does the job.”

It seems like Democrats’ anxiety over passing some kind of sweeping voting rights package is not baseless; the Brennan Center for Justice reported 361 voter suppression bills being introduced just this year. The last time there was this many voter suppression bills introduced was in 2011, and the Brennan Center thinks this is no coincidence:

“The restrictive laws from 2011 were enacted after the 2010 elections brought a  significant shift in political control over statehouses — and as the country confronted backlash to the election of its first Black president. Today’s attacks on the vote come from similar sources: the racist voter fraud allegations behind the Big Lie and a desire to prevent future elections from achieving the historic turnout seen in 2020.” (Brennan Center for Justice) 

Most proposed bills in state legislatures try to limit voting by mail, make stricter rules for voter ID, and decrease the availability of voter registration options.

With a vote coming up in late June on the For the People Act, groups like the Brennan Center, NAACP,  and Common Cause are confident that the only way to stop these new bills in state houses is to enact S1. Unfortunately it looks like Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, and the Democratic Party as a whole- have a long road ahead of them to get there. 

Sources: 

AP Article voting rights: https://apnews.com/article/voting-rights-voting-government-and-politics-48c29c71f4b86983cac0f7ef57bc5359 

Atlantic Article on how S1 is best chance to stop voter suppression: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/03/democrats-need-hr-1-and-new-vra-protect-voting-rights/618171/ 

NY Times Article on what S1 would do as a bill: 

Washington Post Machin not supporting S1 article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/06/manchin-voting-rights-op-ed/

USA Today on Biden’s two voting laws he wants passed:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/05/14/voting-rights-biden-wants-2-bills-passed-where-do-they-stand/4919517001/

Manchin’s Op Ed:

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/op_ed_commentaries/joe-manchin-why-im-voting-against-the-for-the-people-act/article_c7eb2551-a500-5f77-aa37-2e42d0af870f.html

https://www.aclu.org/news/voting-rights/president-elect-bidens-voting-rights-to-do-list/

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/weekly-score/2021/03/29/where-and-what-is-the-john-r-lewis-voting-rights-act-794317

https://www.hrc.org/resources/voting-rights-advancement-act

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-may-2021

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-may-2021

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/08/for-the-people-act-vote-492159

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1


Letter to the Biden Administration in Support of Welcoming Refugees

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Secretary of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear President Biden,

We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to rebuild the refugee resettlement program and ensure that 125,000 refugees are welcomed for the 2022 fiscal year. For the past four years the Trump administration, led by Stephen Miller, harmed immigrants, undermining and attacking refugees at every turn. We opposed these xenophobic and cruel policies, welcomed your election, and are pleased to see your promise to welcome refugees and to increase the number of them admitted to the United States.

However, much work remains to be done. We are heartened by your decision to raise the refugee cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year of 2021, and urge you to make the program’s reconstruction a top priority. We have heard stories of hundreds of refugees who have been approved for resettlement having their flights cancelled at the last minute, and other refugees trapped in legal limbo between countries. America must honor its promises to people who have fled oppression and violence in their home countries, and provide them a safe haven to rebuild their lives.

Tens of millions of refugees have fled their homes over the last decade. From Syrians fleeing civil war and atrocities, to Central Americans seeking to escape poverty and gang violence, to Rohingyas fleeing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, to Uighurs fleeing mass repression in Xinjang; the need for aid and compassion has never been greater. The Trump administration’s racist bans on the resettlement of refugees from various areas disproportionately harmed people fleeing some of the worst crises.

Moreover, the world looks to the United States for moral leadership. Rising xenophobia at home and abroad has led to hostility, discrimination, and even violence against refugees. As a nation of immigrants the United States should embrace one of our best traditions and welcome large numbers of refugees, setting an example for the rest of the world. Refugees undergo thorough scrutiny and strengthen countries they settle in; a generous and welcoming policy will both help them and strengthen America.

Therefore, we urge you to set a refugee cap of 125,000 for the 2022 fiscal year, and to focus on expanding the refugee resettlement program even further, with a goal of welcoming and resettling a minimum of 300,000 refugees for the 2023 fiscal year. Moreover, the refugee cap can be used as an aspiration and a powerful statement of American values. We therefore also urge you to set an ultimate and constant refugee cap of 300,000.

Additionally, almost 17,000 Afghans risked their lives serving as interpreters and working with the U.S military over the past twenty years. Many of them will be in grave danger once the United States withdraws from Afghanistan. The administration should ensure that swift action is taken so all these translators and their families get special immigrant visas allowing them to come to the United States as soon as possible. Honor, compassion, and loyalty demand no less.

America is a formidable country that can and should welcome many refugees. Past Presidents have shown courage and fought to admit people fleeing oppression and violence. After World War II, President Harry Truman waged a fierce struggle to admit hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees, and stated that “we should do this, not only in our own self-interest, but also as a way to reaffirm the great tradition of freedom and opportunity which we have proved in our own experience to be the surest path of progress and prosperity.”[1]

The United States should embrace the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, and “lift my lamp beside the golden door.”[2]

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Michael DeLong at michaeldelong94@gmail.com if there are any questions.

Sincerely,

Andrew Saundry

Montgomery County District 19 Democratic Club

Montgomery County Young Democrats 


[1] “Special Message to the Congress on Aid for Refugees and Displaced Persons.” Harry S. Truman. March 24, 1952. Available at https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/special-message-the-congress-aid-for-refugees-and-displaced-persons.

[2] “The New Colossus.” By Emma Lazarus. 1883. Available at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46550/the-new-colossus.

Montgomery County Young Democrats Statement on Guilty Verdict in Derek Chauvin Case

On Tuesday jurors found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, and we Montgomery County Young Democrats applaud this verdict. George Floyd was murdered in cold blood despite posing no threat to the officers or anyone around him. 

This conviction does not bring George Floyd back or repair the harm done to him or his family. But it does mean that Derek Chauvin will be held accountable for his cruelty and racism, and that is a step forward. We cannot ignore that other police officers stood by and did nothing to prevent the murder, or that policing is too often marred by systemic racism, or that brutalizers of many other black men and women will not be held accountable–but hopefully this marks a turning point where police officers will be punished if they harm someone. 

As Democrats and supporters of justice, we have a responsibility to ensure that this never happens again, to liberate America from racism and oppression, and to create a society where people of color will be protected by the law and its officers, instead of abused. 

Here in Maryland and other places, we must move forward and honor George Floyd’s memory by building on the reforms already passed and working for true peace-which is not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of justice. 

MCYD Condemns Police Misconduct in Case of Five Year Old Boy

March 31, 2021—The Montgomery County Young Democrats vehemently condemn the misconduct of the Montgomery County Police in the detainment and mistreatment of a 5-year-old African American boy from East Silver Spring Elementary School.

The January 2020 footage recently provided by the Montgomery County Police Department shows the officers handcuffing the boy, picking him up by his wrists and showing signs of force. Additionally, the officers used harsh language, screamed in his face, called him a “beast” and alluded that he was similar to a fictional murderous doll, even going as far as suggesting the child should be put in a crate.

Without question, the school administrators must also be harshly critiqued in their complicit acceptance of how the child was reprimanded. They went as far as cosigning with the officers on the most appropriate way to discipline the young child without “going to jail”. There is no reality where beating any child is appropriate. 

This situation could have been and should have been de-escalated. It is unimaginable that a situation where an employee of an elementary school should have to request “MCPD officers’ assistance in addressing a five-year-old child who had left the school grounds and did not wish to return”, as reported by MCPD. With the poor history of police intervention and presence in schools, this tragic event is one more reason why we advocate for the removal of police from schools and request that policies related to school grounds should be reviewed to limit the involvement of armed police.

We, Montgomery County Young Democrats, call for the immediate removal of the officers and the school administrators involved in this event. In addition, we will continue to advocate for a review of school policies and procedures in favor of amicably de-escalating a situation. Our proposed solutions start with, but are not limited to the use of a school therapist, social worker, or instituting social wellness programs. We must not allow the system to continually fail our students. 

Montgomery County Young Democrats Testimony in Support of the Stable Homes Act-HB 574

Dear Members of the House Environment and Transportation Committee,

We are the Montgomery County Young Democrats, an organization which represents Democrats between the ages of 14 and 35. We firmly urge the House Environment and Transportation Committee to support HB 574 (the Montgomery County Stable Homes Act), sponsored by Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins and the Montgomery County Delegation. We believe this bill is essential to defend Montgomery County tenants from unjust evictions and protect them from landlord mistreatment.

This bill would prohibit a landlord from evicting a tenant from a leased premise in Montgomery County without just cause. The bill lists out the just causes under which landlords have the right to evict tenants. These range from substantial lease violations to good faith efforts to reclaim the property for various purposes.

The Montgomery County Stable Homes Act exempts just cause requirements if the property is occupied by the landlord and if the landlord only leases out a single unit; if the tenant’s initial lease was conditioned on employment and that employment has expired; or if the landlord does not own more than two family rental properties.

When families are evicted, they lose more than just their homes. Children perform worse in school, adults face the risk of job loss, families lose many of their possessions and face a decline in mental and physical health. ​Stable housing contributes to improved educational outcomes, which is made even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic as students must study from their homes.

The Stable Homes Bill still preserves the rights of landlords while ensuring tenants are not unfairly and improperly evicted from their homes.

We thank Delegate Wilkins for her persistent effort to advance this legislation. We urge the committee to favorably report the Stable Homes Bill, and the legislature to promptly pass it without delay.

Thank you for your continued service to the residents of Montgomery County.. Please email us at mocoyoungdems@gmail.com or give us a call at 925-708-1135 with any questions.

Sincerely,

The Montgomery County Young Democrats

MoCo Young Democrats Meeting This Tuesday, February 16th at 7 PM!

Join us Tuesday, February 16th at 7 PM for our monthly meeting. In honor of Black History Month, we will discuss HB 11-Public Schools – African American History – Development of Content Standards and Implementation. Come prepared to discuss your ideas for what more MCYD can do in support of this bill! We will also talk about the Biden administration’s COVID-19 stimulus package, what it means for Americans, and how we can strengthen it. Register here to attend! 

Montgomery County Young Democrats 2020 End of Year Newsletter

This year has been tumultuous, as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with the turbulence of this year, MCYD forged on. We had monthly meetings where we invited legislators, local activists, and community organizers to provide important information on the pandemic to our community. We helped those in need by providing direct aid and volunteering our time. We advocated for police reform, saying no to question B, and testified at the Montgomery County Council’s budget hearing. We couldn’t have done it without the tireless work of our Executive Board, members, and allies.


We began the year with legislative advocacy and the welcoming of our new Executive Board. During the 2020 legislative session, MCYD advocated for the following issues:

Urging the enactment of major reforms and spending on education to help students and boost Maryland’s future, following the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission. These included funds for school construction and help for low income students.

Preventing local law enforcement from cooperating with ICE, and so protecting undocumented immigrants who have committed no crime from being imprisoned or deported.

Protecting Marylanders from unfair medical debt and aggressive collections from hospitals.

Establishing a paid family leave program that would provide up to twelve weeks of leave for workers to care for their children or loved ones, or to recover from an illness.

Protecting renters’ rights and ensuring that they cannot be evicted from their homes without just cause.

Reducing climate change and carbon emissions by establishing a fee on pollution and encouraging the transition to clean energy.


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, MCYD retooled and adapted, going virtual and educating ourselves about the virus. We heard from County officials and legislators about how to keep ourselves and others safe, the importance of wearing masks and physical distancing, and resources that are available to people who lost their jobs and are struggling to pay bills.

MCYD took the following actions: 

We made two $500 donations: one to CASA for their providing groceries to low wage workers and undocumented immigrants, and the other donation to the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore, which works to empower families and give them skills, and to reduce poverty. 

Publicized government services, nonprofits, and assistance for people impacted by the pandemic. We also urged people to donate and help out if they can.  

Encouraged safe participation by communities in the 2020 U.S. Census, to ensure everyone was counted in order to guarantee adequate funding for education and other social services.

Volunteered with food distribution and at nonprofits in various capacities. 


The murder of George Floyd shocked and horrified us all. MCYD reaffirmed that Black Lives Matter and that we need to fight both personal and systemic racism in America until all people have equal opportunities and freedom. In response to this outrage, we: 

Heard from Senator Will Smith on the importance of rethinking policing and stopping police brutality. 

Joined a coalition and signed onto a reform letter organized by the ACLU, advocating for the following changes: making all investigations into police misconduct public, creating statutory limits of the use of force by police, repealing the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (which grants officers special rights against punishment for wrongdoing), removing law enforcement from schools, and giving Baltimore citizens control over their police department.

Made policing reform a major priority for the 2021 legislative session, and decided to organize in support of meaningful changes and accountability.


As MCYD saw the rising costs of the pandemic and systemic racism, we realized that millions of people were being harmed and urgently needed help. With seventy-nine other groups, MCYD urged the Maryland Legislature to hold a special legislative session to tackle the economic fallout of the pandemic. Unfortunately, the Legislature decided not to have a special session, but we still drew attention to these causes and raised awareness about the need for relief. MCYD hopes that in January legislators will swiftly take action. Additionally, in August we held a Cancel the Rent panel with CASA de Maryland, urging Governor Larry Hogan to cancel rent, fees, and debt accumulated during the COVID-19 emergency, and to extend the moratorium on evictions one year after the state of emergency. 

In September, MCYD held our 15th annual Paint the County Blue fundraiser, which was a smashing success. With your help, we raised funds to sustain and expand operations. During the fundraiser, we heard remarks from DNC Chair Tom Perez. We have since contributed to the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) for organizing and advocating for freedom and justice for all and Manna Food Center to feed people who are hungry. Manna does incredible work distributing food and fighting hunger in Montgomery County. They can always use your help and demand has greatly increased since the pandemic started-donate here

During this election cycle, we organized phone and text banks in order to contact voters in swing states during the presidential election to turn out for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and other Democratic candidates. On a local level, we partnered with county wide organizations to approve ballot initiatives to expand the County Council and preserve options for raising revenue. MCYD has not been idle after the election. On November 12th we delivered testimony at the Montgomery County Delegation priorities hearing on the need for immediate COVID-19 aid and relief, reforms to stop police brutality, paid family leave, and measures to reduce climate change, among other issues.


In December MCYD also held a joint bi-county legislative discussion with the Prince George’s County Young Democrats on transportation, COVID relief, policing reform, and housing. At this discussion, we spoke with Rep. Anthony Brown, Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Monique Anderson-Walker, and Del. Gabriel Acevero. We don’t know what 2021 will hold, but MCYD looks forward to building on our past efforts, increasing our membership, and getting major reforms through the County Council and Maryland State Legislature.

Thank you to everyone for your work this year, and MCYD looks forward to a better 2021! If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at mocoyoungdems@gmail.com or michaeldelong94@gmail.com. 

Montgomery County Young Democrats Congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

This is a historic day for our country and a triumph for the American people. Americans have spoken-they have chosen Joe Biden as Vice President and Kamala Harris as Vice President to restore our nation and improve people’s lives. They have rejected the failed prejudice and corruption of the Trump administration, and sent them packing. 

Biden won a decisive victory-over 75 million votes and millions more votes than Trump. This victory gives Biden a clear mandate to rebuild America, fight and defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, and address important issues facing the country. He has vowed to be the President of all Americans and to consider everyone. Above all, Biden has emphasized kindness and empathy instead of the cruelty of the past four years.

We also celebrate the election of our first black and Asian woman Vice-President, and recognize all those who have made this historic victory possible. 

This triumph would not have been possible without the organizing and donations from a great many people. To everyone who made calls, donated to candidates, voted, went up to Pennsylvania to knock on doors-thank you! 

MCYD looks forward to working with the Biden administration and other Democrats to rebuild the economy, defeat the pandemic, and defend the American dream.

Montgomery County Young Democrats Statement on the Passing of YDM President Joseph Kitchen

August 16, 2020-We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joseph Kitchen, President of the Young Democrats of Maryland. Our condolences are with his family. He will be deeply missed.

Joseph was a great and energetic advocate for many causes, a great leader who cared about improving people’s lives, and a great friend. He taught us Montgomery County Young Democrats so much about Maryland politics, how to make your voices heard, and how to strive to be better people. Whenever we had questions about how the political process worked or needed advice, Joseph was there.

We urge everyone to respect his family’s request for space during this time of grieving, and to honor him by taking up this work he loved so much.