Helga Luest

Candidate for State Delegate - District 18

On May 21, 2018, Democratic candidate for state delegate, District 18, in Montgomery County Maryland, Maryland, Helga apporaches governance from the position of preventing and healing trauma as well as outlining her priorities.

You’ll Learn About:

 

BIO

 

  • Elected at age 18 to Democratic Party County Committee Seat

  • Facilitating Social Change

  • Founded Witness Justice / Ran it for 14 years

  • As a crime victim; recognized there were many gaps in publicly funded programs / systems

  • Federal Advocacy work (Addiction Treatment, Jail Diversion, Addressing Trauma for Crime Survivors)

    • Led to advocacy for addressing trauma for a lot of issue

 

FINANCING CAMPAIGN

 

  • So far all funding from private citizens

  • On systemic bias to support candidates who have raised the most money

    • Without money, despite principled positions, you don’t get endorsements

 

PRIORITIES

 

  • Safety & Civility

    • Upticks in bullying, school violence, vandalism since Trump election

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ENVIRONMENT

 

  • We are in a climate emergency; potential effects

    • Agriculture

    • DC Underwater

  • Need to use clean / green energy

  • Key: Must educate the community

  • Key: Get the right incentives / penalties

  • Launched own low carbon emissions efforts

    • Not doing yard signs since they aren’t recyclable / biodegradable

  • Need to reduce carbon footprints / carbon emissions

  • Emergency Preparedness

    • Every state / city should have a chief resilience officer (for severe weather)

  • Transport (Green Options)


 

EDUCATION

 

  • School system is still punitive; there are better ways to solve these issues

    • Restorative Justice

    • Understand what is wrong with kids that act out / not just punishing

    • Other states have had success:

      • Social  / Emotional Learning

 

JEFF WALDSTREICHER INCIDENT

 

  • Suggested Helga run in the state Senate race before to do him a favor and split the vote in the Senate race

  • Says that Waldstreicher lied on the record to Bethesda beat with an indirect legal threat to Luest


 

SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN SCHOOLS

 

  • Kids / teachers become more aware of their emotions

  • Restorative Justice Approach

    • Witnesses, victim, perpetrator all discuss the issue to build understanding

  • Empowering kids to take simple actions can drastically reduce bullying

  • Expand curriculum to cover many more religions to reflect diversity in Montgomery County

    • Religious bullying is one of the biggest types of bullying

  • The data says these techniques work

  • There are lots of opportunities in Maryland to borrow from other jurisdictions with successful programs

 

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE

 

  • Holistic approach on where trauma came from, treating it and preventative approaches to many issues

  • How childhood trauma lessens life spans

  • Trauma prevention is key for a health society

  • Opioid Abuse

    • Not only affects individuals but also effects:

      • Kids w/ opioid addicted parents

      • Foster Care System

 

SERVING VICTIMS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

 

  • Much more is needed than just crisis intervention

  • CAIR Coalition Collapse in Montgomery County (Deportation Defense)

 

IMPROVING VOTING ACCESS / AWARENESS

 

  • Systemic issues figuring out for whom to vote


 

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