MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (March 09, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council and community organizer, has reached the donor and financial thresholds to qualify for matching funds from Montgomery County’s Public Election Fund. The campaign will file for certification next week and is expanding the team to build on recent successes.
“This milestone is a shared victory for the hundreds of supporters who galvanized their networks to support my campaign,” said Brandy Brooks. “When we put people power into action, we are an unstoppable force creating a new vision for Montgomery County politics and policy.”
The Montgomery County Public Election Fund program is the first of its kind in the state of Maryland. Candidates participating in the program commit to accept contributions only from individuals, and the County matches contributions from county residents up to four times for the at-large race. To qualify for matching funds in the at-large contest, candidates must collect at least $20,000 in contributions from at least 250 unique Montgomery County residents. As of the annual campaign finance report filing in January, Brooks’ campaign had collected $9,573 from 212 Montgomery County donors.
Through a committed grassroots effort among the hundreds of supporters in the county and the surrounding area, Brooks raised an additional $11,500 from Montgomery County donors in two months. The campaign has raised $21,038 from a total of 358 county residents to qualify for matching funds and more than $32,800 overall from a total of 623 small-dollar donors. Qualifying enables the campaign to bring on key staff members and expand voter outreach capacity.
While Brooks is excited to file, she recognizes the challenges that some candidates are facing in this new system. “Even as we reach this threshold, we are standing in solidarity with candidates who have been disqualified from using the Public Election Fund,” said Brooks. “I would not be able to run for office without this vital system for shifting political influence from big-money donors to everyday people. We believe that immediate corrective action is necessary so that the Public Election Fund fulfills its promise of providing access for diverse candidates across Montgomery County to successfully run for office.”
Brooks is one of 38 candidates running for four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council. She has received major endorsements from the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Maryland, and the Montgomery County Education Association. The Democratic Primary is June 26, 2018.
Brandy Brooks is a public election fund candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large. She is an activist, educator, facilitator, and designer who has spent more than 10 years working on social and environmental justice.
To learn more about Brandy Brooks, go to www.brandy4montgomery.com.