Updated: Mar 5, 2020
Endorsements matter. When an elected leader - someone you voted for and trust to make decisions for you and your family - is willing to go public to urge you to vote for me - without me even asking -,I don't take that lightly. Here's one for which I'm especially grateful.
Last week I attended Leisure World"s "Celebrate Diversity Night." Council Member Gabe Albornoz was speaking about MoCo's new racial equity and social justice initiative. I hadn't talked to him since I filed. He didn't know I would be there and I hadn't even made eye contact with him. Suddenly, at the end of his remarks, he made the kindest introduction and gave me a ringing endorsement, which he later agreed to allow me to share with you.
Let me tell you why Gabe's support is important to my Board of Education campaign. He's a product of Montgomery County Public Schools - a graduate of Walt Whitman High School.. Gabe is a perfect example of what our students can achieve when held to high standards and supported to reach them.
He went on to earn the University of Maryland Rawlings Fellowship, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and graduated from Leadership Montgomery and the national Presidential Leadership Scholars program. He became the first Latino chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. A really smart kid. An MCPS success story!
Gabe has spent a lot of time working with and for our children. He has served on 37 boards, commissions and committees, including chairing the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, and the county's Positive Youth Development Initiative. As head of the Recreation Department he built or renovated a dozen rec centers and expanded after-school programs like Excel Beyond the Bell and TeenWorks, to help close achievement and opportunity gaps for our kids.
Gabe held leadership positions at Children’s National Medical Center and the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). He chaired a regional gang intervention partnership, established a youth civic engagement initiative, and produced a city-wide immunization campaign.
And then he won a countywide election to become an at-large member of the Montgomery County Council.
Gabe knows MoCo - he's lived all over the county - Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Bethesda; and now, Kensington, where he and his wife Catherine are raising their four young children.
Gabe is known for building partnerships. So am I. Two people who care a lot about our kids... willing to work together to make their world better. THIS is how we get things done!