Candidates:


Tiquia J. Bennett (D)

Council District: District 3

Attended AIM Candidate Action?: No

Housing, Transportation, and the Environment

Will you work with AIM to make Ride-On permanently free to riders and create dedicated bus lanes for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?

Yes. Our public transportation system has to be at the top of the priority list.

Will you work with AIM to encourage high density housing near transit hubs, including bus rapid transit, Metro and the Purple Line through upzoning to allow increased density within a half mile of these hubs? Will you commit to prioritizing high-density affordable housing development on all public land near transit?

2a. As long as we don’t confuse high density with low quality. We don’t want to put ourselves in a situation where we are creating high density housing and jeopardizing the safety, peace and quality of life for our community members. 2b.Yes, I will commit to prioritizing public land near transits for affordable housing.

Will you work with AIM to stabilize market rate affordable housing in places at risk for significant price increases through strategies such as geographically specific rent stabilization for low-income residents, compensation for tenants whose housing is being redeveloped, and requirements for developers to provide the support necessary for households to resettle in the same community?

Yes. This is apart of the foundation of our community that needs to be addressed. I will work to get it fixed on both sides so we can secure or housing future and aging in place.

Will you work with AIM to provide more protection for tenants including: following current legal requirements for frequency of housing inspection every 1-3 years; hiring inspectors bilingual in Spanish and English; requiring landlords to address identified problems quickly and work with tenants’ associations to establish a tenant hotline via 311 (the county’s information line) in Spanish and English?

Definiately! We have to protect our community members.

Education and Childcare

Will you commit to work with AIM to increase compensation for teachers and recreation staff within the Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary Program?

Yes. Top of the list. A teachers job is equally if not more important than a police officer. We have to compensate them properly and help them with resources to help our kids. Especially those that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Will you commit to expanding the Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary Program to four new schools each year, until it is in every Title I Elementary School in Montgomery County?

Yes. As long as the program is flexible and can accomidate what each particular school needs extra attention on.

Will you make pre-K available to more students by: expanding the number of full-day pre-K seats through Head Start, MCPS and Judy Centers; and making the application for subsidies less cumbersome and not contingent on proof of employment?

Yes, every kids deserves the chance for early education. Especially here in Montgomery County where we are so diverse and have people from everywhere and some with little to no education. The first 6 years of a child’s life if crucial for growth, learning and development. Let’s not miss this opportunity due to employment status.

Will you commit to work with AIM to offer Universal Pre-K to all four-year-olds in Montgomery County by 2026?

Yes.

Will you work with AIM to make the state’s 529 plan accessible and nearly automatic for low-income families to sign up for each year as part of their school registration paperwork, and will you commit to working with AIM so that the county matches the state’s contribution to the program?

Yes. This will be a helpful tool along side the education for families about life, health and education insurance plans.

Healthcare, Dental Care, and Mental Health

Over the next 4 years, will you work to create an effective dental care system for the uninsured such that those who need dental care can be seen twice each year without waiting 3 months for an appointment? Will you commit to increasing funds for dental services such that common specialized services such as root canals can be addressed in the safety net and county dental clinics? Will you establish a patient record system such that patient records can be shared across the safety net and County clinics when a patient is referred to a different clinic?

1a. Yes 1b. Yes 1c. Yes it is important for us to connect the dots of resources and make things convient to serve our entire community efficiently and effectively.

Will you include funding by 2025 for an emergency medical and dental health crisis fund to county safety net clinics?

Yes. The safety net should be used as just that. We need to make sure we are educating our community members about insurance plans, making sure we are encouraging employers to provide benefits and if all else fails, the safety net is there.

What ideas do you have to increase equitable access to mental health care for young people and how will you work with us to explore these ideas?

My nephew committed suicide on May 6 2022. He went to Gaithersburg High School and was only 15 years old. Mental health is task 1 on the agenda because it effects so many people in so many age groups. When someone is dealing with mental health crisis so are the people around them. We have to get this under control or we won’t have a future to plan for.

Democracy with Accountability

Do you commit to meeting with AIM within a month of taking office, and on a quarterly basis subsequently?

Yes, Action is what we need in the county. We heard enough talk and promises. I will meet with and work with everyone that’s taking action to secure our foundation and plan for our future.


George Hernandez (R)

No response


Sidney Katz (D)

Council District: District 3

Website: www.sidneykatz.com

Twitter: @katzforcouncil

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatzForCouncil/

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Attended AIM Candidate Action?:

Housing, Transportation, and the Environment

Will you work with AIM to make Ride-On permanently free to riders and create dedicated bus lanes for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?

Yes

Will you work with AIM to encourage high density housing near transit hubs, including bus rapid transit, Metro and the Purple Line through upzoning to allow increased density within a half mile of these hubs? Will you commit to prioritizing high-density affordable housing development on all public land near transit?

Yes

Will you work with AIM to stabilize market rate affordable housing in places at risk for significant price increases through strategies such as geographically specific rent stabilization for low-income residents, compensation for tenants whose housing is being redeveloped, and requirements for developers to provide the support necessary for households to resettle in the same community?

Yes

Will you work with AIM to provide more protection for tenants including: following current legal requirements for frequency of housing inspection every 1-3 years; hiring inspectors bilingual in Spanish and English; requiring landlords to address identified problems quickly and work with tenants’ associations to establish a tenant hotline via 311 (the county’s information line) in Spanish and English?

Yes

Education and Childcare

Will you commit to work with AIM to increase compensation for teachers and recreation staff within the Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary Program?

Yes

Will you commit to expanding the Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary Program to four new schools each year, until it is in every Title I Elementary School in Montgomery County?

Yes

Will you make pre-K available to more students by: expanding the number of full-day pre-K seats through Head Start, MCPS and Judy Centers; and making the application for subsidies less cumbersome and not contingent on proof of employment?

Yes

Will you commit to work with AIM to offer Universal Pre-K to all four-year-olds in Montgomery County by 2026?

Yes

Will you work with AIM to make the state’s 529 plan accessible and nearly automatic for low-income families to sign up for each year as part of their school registration paperwork, and will you commit to working with AIM so that the county matches the state’s contribution to the program?

Yes

Healthcare, Dental Care, and Mental Health

Over the next 4 years, will you work to create an effective dental care system for the uninsured such that those who need dental care can be seen twice each year without waiting 3 months for an appointment? Will you commit to increasing funds for dental services such that common specialized services such as root canals can be addressed in the safety net and county dental clinics? Will you establish a patient record system such that patient records can be shared across the safety net and County clinics when a patient is referred to a different clinic?

Yes

Will you include funding by 2025 for an emergency medical and dental health crisis fund to county safety net clinics?

Yes

What ideas do you have to increase equitable access to mental health care for young people and how will you work with us to explore these ideas?

We need to hire as many mental health caretakers as we can. We also need to work with Montgomery County Public Schools and non-profits so that everyone can have access.

Democracy with Accountability

Do you commit to meeting with AIM within a month of taking office, and on a quarterly basis subsequently?

Yes


Robert Wu (D)

No response