Ashwani Jain

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  • Biography:

    • Cancer survivor motivated to run and make a difference

      • Make a wish foundation, American cancer society, Obama admin / campaign

      • Felt empowerment on Obama campaign

    • Immigrant / business-owner parents

    • Product of MoCo Public Schools

      • East county and

      • West county

  • Three priorities:

    • Reduce opportunity gap

    • Strengthen local economy

    • Reducing traffic congestion

  • On the opportunity gap (instead of the achievement gap)

    • Support students regardless of their zip code

      • Official sanctuary county for immigrants

      • Universal pre-k

      • Expand language immersion programs

      • More 1 on 1 time between students and educators

        • More autonomy / support for teachers

  • Main duties of council member

    • Budget, land use and zoning

  • 120 million dollar budget deficit

    • Don’t cut critical services

    • We have amazing county employees

  • Schools in north / eastern part of county are not being properly prioritized

    • AGING infrastructures

    • Invest in schools in students that are not part of the county

    • Success means listen and consulting with all (elected, managers, officials, etc.)

    • Partner w/BOE

    • Partner with school admin

    • Need to build a coalition

  • Importance of BOE to get better schools

    • People need to CONSIDER VOTES for BOE candidates

  • Great businesses mean:

    • Employees that are invested in

      • Retention

      • Better workers

  • Smart Growth

    • Mixed use development around public transportation

    • Diversity of income in mixed use development

    • More job training

    • Helps expand tax base

    • Helps businesses find employees they need

    • Helps employees build a career; not just getting a job

    • Assist small business owners who are displaced from large dev projects

      • Inform them better

      • Help them relocate / share info with customers

  • Budget shortfall fix

    • Lower amount of reserves can help

      • Injects funds to economy Without cutting essential services / laying off county employees

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    • For development

      • Expand tax base

      • Support small biz

      • Look at issue in comprehensive way

      • Leads to responsible fiscal membership

  • On Reserve Budget

    • Higher = easier to have AAA bond rating

    • Ours may be too high relative to other counties in area

      • They still have AAA bond rating / low borrowing costs

    • How did it get this way?

      • Reaction to financial crisis

      • Helps weather econ. Downturn  

  • Budget / Land Use /  Zoning

    • Mixed use development should create Inclusive communities

      • More Affordable housing opportunity

        • Expand MPDU program

          • Expand % of new development as affordable

        • Look at rent control

        • Landlord notice to tenants of increase and possibly getting approval from county before increase

        • Work w/ developers to pay to avoid MPDUs, instead get them to comply or go beyond

      • Quicker / easier to get to work

      • Ensure high quality of life
        Government can do this: saw this at HUD

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    • Working with developers

      • Residents should not get priced out of their city

      • This is a priority

      • Only more density / floors as a reward for:

        • More energy efficiency

        • Electric charging stations

        • More MPDUs

    • Families feel like they are priced out of new devs

    • Feel like not getting enough notice of developments

    • Not enough affordable housing

    • Not developing enough mixes use / smart growth

    • Residents should get best deal for new devs

    • Workers should get respect on these projects  

Democratic candidate for county council at-large - Montgomery County, Maryland.

Ashwani Jain - Part I

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