Vote Yes on Question C

Question C would create two new district seats on the County Council to reflect the 50% increase in our county’s population over the previous 30 years. This would create seven new districts and maintain the four at-large seats, thereby increasing the Council to 11 members. Question C would maintain your ability to vote for 5 members of the Council, who they can contact for constituent service needs like fixing potholes and advocate for  school funding, environmental policy and transportation improvements, etc.

Vote No on Question D

Question D would eliminate the four at-large seats and create nine separate districts. This change would result in reducing each resident’s representation on the Council, from five to one.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BALLOT COMMITTEES CELEBRATE SUCCESS AT THE BALLOT BOX

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, November 5, 2020 -- With a shared vision of a better Montgomery County that works for everyone, we successfully took our message to voters about the County ballot questions. Every vote counts and, as our County’s dedicated election workers complete the count, we take a moment to acknowledge the power of our community working together.
In a time when our country is so divided, Montgomery County showed how broad and diverse coalitions can work side by side to address tough issues. Whether it is tax policy or representation, the politics of lifting people up is more powerful than tearing people down. When we believe changes are needed, we are capable of coming together as a community to make it happen. We are confident in the opportunity ahead to build a better and stronger future for all Montgomery County residents.

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“As a resident of Germantown, I know that residents of Montgomery County need more representation, not less,” said Marilyn Balcombe, President/CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of Residents for More Representation. “The county’s population has increased by 50% over the last 30 years, which is why we need to expand and modernize our council structure so that it better reflects our incredible growth and brings local government closer to our residents. Question C is the best approach to achieve a shared goal by many in our community. Adding two additional districts will help increase the level of constituent service and protect the important role of our at-large councilmembers.”

Marilyn Balcombe

“We live in an incredibly diverse county of 1.1 million residents and the at-large councilmembers play an important role in reflecting that diversity,” said Michelle Graham, Founder and Principal Consultant Graham Strategies and Co-Chair of Residents for More Representation. “The current council is the most culturally diverse council in our history, with two Black, two Latino and one LGBTQ councilmember, three of whom are at-large. Adding two more councilmembers will increase the number of voices and help increase the diversity of views represented on the council.”

Michelle Graham

"Just as children deserve reasonable class sizes that allow their teachers to know them and help them, residents would benefit from the addition of the two council members. Adding two districts will expand opportunities for people to be heard, and for their local needs to be addressed by the county council, while preserving our existing at-large seats will ensure that our county is moving forward together." -

Jennifer Martin Vice President of MCEA

"As the President of the LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County, I strongly encourage all county voters to vote YES on Question C and NO on Question D. Our county's population has been steadily increasing and the size of the County Council should increase in proportion. By adding two district seats and preserving the At-Large seats, we'll ensure stronger and more diverse representation - something that benefits voters of all identities!"

Samantha Jones President

“MoCoWoMen, a grassroots organization has members from nearly all areas of Montgomery County”, explains Lisa Fuller, founder of MoCoWoMen. “Our needs are diverse and because of the current makeup of the County Council, we can each turn to as many as 5 council members to provide advice and respond to questions.” Additionally, MoCoWoMen feels strongly that increasing the number of council members on the Montgomery County Council will provide opportunity for other points of view as well as additional discourse around issues facing residents everyday. Question C provides the opportunity to further meet the needs of all of our members and residents of our county. Vote yes on Question C!"

Lisa Rubinstein Fuller Founder, MoCoWomen

“Montgomery County has grown immensely in population and diversity in the past generation. To make sure that the whole county is represented on the Council, both geographically and demographically, we need to increase representation on the Council, not decrease it. Question C would bring the Council closer to residents by decreasing the size of their district while also safeguarding the crucial work that at-large members do for constituents. Approving Question C is Montgomery County voters’ only option to strengthen their voice on the Council and increase the quality of constituent services for every community.”

Pia Morrison President, SEIU Local 500

"It’s important that our County Council reflects Montgomery County's rich diversity. That’s why the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s grassroots precinct leaders from neighborhoods across the county overwhelmingly support Question C and oppose Question D."

Linda Foley MCDCC Chair

"Question C would allow for more representation across the county - allowing for underrepresented families to amplify their voice. Our county has boomed in diversity over the last several years and our population will only continue to grow. The proposal would add additional Councilmembers and allow for our at-large Councilmembers to continue advocating for the common good of the entire county. Now is the time for more representation, not less. "

Gustavo Torres Executive Director, CASA

"Vote FOR Question C C is for More Council Representation: The County Council is currently made up of nine members: five elected in a district and four elected at-large (by the entire County). Question C would create two new seats on the Council by adding two new district Councilmembers, while maintaining the four at-large seats. Most importantly, Question C would maintain your ability to vote for five members of the Council, who you can contact for constituent service needs and advocate for/against public policy. C is for More Council Diversity: Montgomery County's population has grown by 50% since the current Council structure was enacted 30 years ago. Question C will expand democracy, provide for more representation, and add more diverse voices by adding two districts. Vote AGAINST Question D D will DILUTE Your Voice: Currently, every voter in Montgomery County can vote for five Councilmembers: one in their district and four at-large. This means that every resident has five Councilmembers to represent their interests and provide constituent services...If Question D passes, you’ll be limited to voting for only one Councilmember, instead of five. D is NOT Democratic: Question D will only shuffle the chairs and create more parochialism on the Council. This same structure was used in Prince George’s County for decades and led to fractured governing and a diminished voice for residents. The at-large members of the Council are important because they maintain a Countywide perspective on major issues such as schools, the environment and transportation, and allow you the ability to contact more than one Councilmember for assistance. For More Representation and More Diversity: Vote FOR Question C and AGAINST Question D."

Mumin, Mimi, and Fatmata

"Vote FOR Question C C is for More Council Representation: The County Council is currently made up of nine members: five elected in a district and four elected at-large (by the entire County). Question C would create two new seats on the Council by adding two new district Councilmembers, while maintaining the four at-large seats. Most importantly, Question C would maintain your ability to vote for five members of the Council, who you can contact for constituent service needs and advocate for/against public policy. C is for More Council Diversity: Montgomery County's population has grown by 50% since the current Council structure was enacted 30 years ago. Question C will expand democracy, provide for more representation, and add more diverse voices by adding two districts. Vote AGAINST Question D D will DILUTE Your Voice: Currently, every voter in Montgomery County can vote for five Councilmembers: one in their district and four at-large. This means that every resident has five Councilmembers to represent their interests and provide constituent services...If Question D passes, you’ll be limited to voting for only one Councilmember, instead of five. D is NOT Democratic: Question D will only shuffle the chairs and create more parochialism on the Council. This same structure was used in Prince George’s County for decades and led to fractured governing and a diminished voice for residents. The at-large members of the Council are important because they maintain a Countywide perspective on major issues such as schools, the environment and transportation, and allow you the ability to contact more than one Councilmember for assistance. For More Representation and More Diversity: Vote FOR Question C and AGAINST Question D."

Mumin, Mimi, and Fatmata

"Vote FOR Question C C is for More Council Representation: The County Council is currently made up of nine members: five elected in a district and four elected at-large (by the entire County). Question C would create two new seats on the Council by adding two new district Councilmembers, while maintaining the four at-large seats. Most importantly, Question C would maintain your ability to vote for five members of the Council, who you can contact for constituent service needs and advocate for/against public policy. C is for More Council Diversity: Montgomery County's population has grown by 50% since the current Council structure was enacted 30 years ago. Question C will expand democracy, provide for more representation, and add more diverse voices by adding two districts. Vote AGAINST Question D D will DILUTE Your Voice: Currently, every voter in Montgomery County can vote for five Councilmembers: one in their district and four at-large. This means that every resident has five Councilmembers to represent their interests and provide constituent services...If Question D passes, you’ll be limited to voting for only one Councilmember, instead of five. D is NOT Democratic: Question D will only shuffle the chairs and create more parochialism on the Council. This same structure was used in Prince George’s County for decades and led to fractured governing and a diminished voice for residents. The at-large members of the Council are important because they maintain a Countywide perspective on major issues such as schools, the environment and transportation, and allow you the ability to contact more than one Councilmember for assistance. For More Representation and More Diversity: Vote FOR Question C and AGAINST Question D."

Mumin, Mimi, and Fatmata
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