Evan Glass

Candidate for County Council - At-Large

On January 18, 2018, Evan described his vision for Montgomery County noting holistic solutions are needed.

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Hear Evan's thoughts on:

  • Montgomery County is Huge

    • 1.1 million people

    • 5.5 billion budget

    • Yet - education received, varies (need to close the achievement gap)

    • Metro needs to work and safety is in question

  • How do we pay for this stuff?

    • Expand tax base by bringing more economic development to the county

    • More businesses means more tax revenue

    • On dedicated funding for metro / and how to get revenue for that

    • Expanding the tax base

    • Science gateway in White Oak

    • Anchors: FDA and hospital

    • Should attract new businesses

    • Benefits of bringing jobs to East County

    • On the need for holistic solutions

  • On residential growth / development

    • Need better planning among:

    • MCPS

    • Planning Department

    • Other Departments

    • How can we make change?

    • Creative conversations / thinking with a new county council and county executive

    • On small businesses

  • 96% of jobs in Montgomery County are from Small Businesses

    • Therefore, we need to support them

    • Residents should patronize our establishments

    • County procurement should prioritize small business

  • How to improve education

    • Modernize our schools

    • Resolve overcrowding

    • Build more schools

    • Teachers should have support to serve various populations

    • Address food / housing / economic insecurities at home

  • On Transparency

    • The county needs to be transparent

  • On the Purple Line

    • Ensure tax dollars are used efficiently

    • Mitigate disruption in neighborhoods

    • Don’t start construction before community is aware

  • On Legislative Body Functions

    • Write laws

    • Oversight

    • There is not enough internal oversight being done

    • Family resources to improve student performance

  • On non-profits providing these services

    • After-school activities

    • Affordable housing

  • On Citizens Stepping Up to Make a Difference

  • On Evan’s Local Civic Association Activism

    • Fixing sidewalks

    • Installing Crosswalks

    • Getting greenspace

    • Working with the county

  • Public Financing of Campaigns

    • Testified in support

    • Taking Public Financing

    • Is complicated for candidates / treasurers

    • A better system than making promises to do something once in office in exchange for a big check

    • Only MoCo Resident Donations Get Matched

    • Requires that a candidate connect with more people

  • On Previous Campaign

    • 80% of donations were from MoCo residents

    • Accepted real estate / other donations before; glad to not be accepting these contributions this election

  • Park & Planning

    • If we want to reform it; it has to be done through the state legislature

  • Cell Phone Towers

    • Lots of communities concerned about it in N. Potomac

  • On Jon’s Transparency:

    • Donated to various council candidates (see http://activist.xyz/about)

    • How to be fair to candidates

    • On leaving journalism and starting to advocate for issues

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