Kevin Harris for Council, District 5

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A Leader Who Listens

"I'm ready to provide new leadership for the residents of District 5 to confront the challenging economic times ahead of us. I'll commit to financing my campaign with only small donations of $150 or less from individuals, and I will not accept any money from developers or political action committees. "

 

Why I’m Running

I’m running as a Democrat for District 5 County Council because I see a bright future for our county.  I believe we can make better informed, fiscally sound, data-driven decisions on key challenges facing our County that include a $400 million budget deficit, overcrowded schools and congested roads, and a political system controlled by large campaign donors. Bold, experienced new leadership is called for and I'm ready to lead that movement for change.

What I Stand For:

Rebuilding Trust

Too many residents have lost trust in our elected officials. One way of rebuilding that trust is to end the corrosive impact that large campaign contributions have on our political system. I am only accepting small campaign contributions up to $150 from individuals and will not accept money from developers.

Managing How We Grow

For too long the county has failed to make developers pay their fair share for the impacts of their development. Overcrowded schools, and traffic congestion are a result of poorly planned development. Kevin wants to make sure the pace of growth matches our ability to provide needed schools and supporting transportation infrastructure.

Improving Core Public Services

Kevin will work to refocus the county budget towards making sure Montgomery County offers high quality public services. Residents should expect nothing less than excellent schools, a safe community, well-maintained roads, and supportive social service programs for those in need. 

Supporting Local Business Development

Kevin wants to focus our economic development efforts on supporting the growth of local businesses that contribute more to our local economy than chains. 83% of all jobs in Maryland are created by small businesses. Research shows that for every $100 spent in a local independent business, $43 stays in the local economy versus $13 when spent at a chain.