Delegate Scholarship Funds Available

Applications are now being accepted for the Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr scholarship. The scholarship is open to residents of Maryland's 17th Legislative District (Gaithersburg and Rockville) who are full-time or part-time students at a community college, undergraduate, or graduate institution located in Maryland.

The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need.

Applications are due no later than April 30, 2019. Please see the application for more details.

We Did It!

I'm delighted to be joining Cheryl Kagan, Kumar Barve, and Jim Gilchrist as part of the state legislative team for District 17. Thank you to the residents of Gaithersburg and Rockville for the opportunity to serve!

I'm ready to hit the ground running. My legislative aide will be Cameron Rhode, who is a resident of Gaithersburg, a freshly minted biologist, a longtime participant of local politics, and fluent in Spanish. I also prepping my first bills for introduction come January, including bills to improve transportation safety, make childcare facilities safer, and increase transparency on lethal use of force by police.

This new opportunity means that I'll be leaving the Rockville City Council, but I plan to stay on the Council until I'm sworn in as a Delegate in the second week of January.  The timing of my departure means that my seat will be filled by an appointment process.  (I can hear the collective groans, but hear me out.)   According to the City Charter, a majority of the "remaining" members of the body need to vote in the affirmative for my replacement (i.e. three votes).  I won't get to vote on my replacement and the Mayor does not get to appoint the person.  I've authored code changes that would ensure that this process is open, transparent, and fair.  These amendments are currently working their way through the public process.  An official announcement will be issued by the City soon with more details about the application process.

And last but not least, I want to thank Delegate Andrew Platt for his service over the past four years.  He was a leader of the inaugural class of progressive delegates, a group whose work will continue in the coming years.

Thank you again for this opportunity!

Immigrants and Seniors Aren't the 'Trouble' in MoCo

Julie submitted a letter to the editor of the Washington Post in response to a recent editorial that characterized the "economic trouble" facing Montgomery County, including "A burgeoning population of retirees, immigrants and other less affluent residents has strained local resources and budgets."

Seniors and immigrants aren't a 'trouble' in MoCo; they are part of the reason why this is a great place to live. Our community is stronger and more vibrant for being the diverse place that it is.

The County government doesn’t get to choose who lives here. Every government’s job is to provide the best opportunities it can for the people who have chosen to call that place home, regardless of their age, nationality, or income.

Four More Endorsements

Four more organizations have endorsed Julie: the Latino Democratic Club, the Montgomery County National Organization for Women, the Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO, and Progressive Maryland.

“We in Montgomery County are blessed to have so many qualified residents running for elected office — truly an embarrassment of riches. The Latino Democratic Club believes it is crucial that candidates vying to represent our diverse County understand the issues facing the Latino community. From the continuation of our high-quality public education to the sustained support of small business owners and defense of our immigrant communities, it is important that we understand where the candidates stand,” says Luisa Arevalo, president of the Latino Democratic Club.

Montgomery County National Organization for Women advocates for reproductive rights, protections for violence against women, ending racism, and other issues affecting women.

The Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO is comprised of over 700 affiliated local unions.

Progressive Maryland works to advance economic, racial, and environmental equity, especially for traditionally marginalized groups: low- and moderate-income residents, people of color, women, and LGBTQ+.

Rockville Directs Its Police Officers to Steer Clear of Immigration Enforcement

The Rockville City Council approved an ordinance restricting police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities or asking residents about citizenship status.

The “Fostering Community Trust” ordinance codifies existing Rockville police force practices that are designed to keep local law enforcement at arms length from deportation and other federal actions that spawn fear in immigrant communities.

The ordinance was sponsored by Julie Palakovich Carr.

Rockville Bans Smoking in Outdoor Restaurants

Legislation to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas in Rockville was passed the City Council.  The bill was sponsored by Julie Palakovich Carr.

Rockville became the second city in Maryland to pass such legislation and is the first jurisdiction in the DC-metropolitan area to ban smoking in outdoor seating areas at restaurants.

"I think this is an important step for public health in Rockville," said Palakovich Carr.

Mayor and Council Host Town Hall on Diversity

Councilmember Julie Palakovich Carr called for a town hall meeting on diversity.  The public event is intended to be a forum to discuss ways for the city to be even more welcoming of its diverse population.

“This is our community; these are our neighbors and coworkers and children’s classmates,” she said of the city’s diverse population. “It’s in our best interest if we can all be working together and hearing each other out respectfully and trying to make Rockville an even better place to live and work.”

City Council Passes Resolution on Diversity

Councilmember Julie Palakovich Carr authored a resolution celebrating Rockville's diversity.  The resolution was adopted at the November 14, 2016 Mayor and Council meeting.

An excerpt of the resolution follows:

Whereas, all Americans—regardless of gender, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and disability—deserve equal protection under the law;

Now, therefore the Mayor and Council of Rockville hereby recognize and celebrate our city’s vibrant diversity and call upon elected officials at all levels of government to recognize that our nation is stronger because of this diversity and call upon them to strive for policies and laws that promote equality and inclusion.

Julie Recognized as Leading Woman in Maryland

The Annapolis Daily Record recognized Julie Palakovich Carr as one of its 2016 Leading Women.

“The Daily Record’s 2016 Leading Women are truly inspirational. Their professional accomplishments, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change exemplifies why they are being singled out for this statewide award,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They excel to high levels professionally and personally, and The Daily Record congratulates them on this award.”