Candidate builds a competitive grassroots campaign, requests over $113,000 in matching funds
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (July 7, 2021) – Afro-Latina housing and environmental justice organizer Brandy Brooks filed her first campaign finance report on July 6, requesting certification from Montgomery County’s Public Election Fund and an initial matching request of $113,865. Brooks is the first public financing candidate to file for certification for the 2022 election cycle, reflecting the substantial grassroots campaign she and her supporters are building.
“Once again, we are demonstrating the power of grassroots fundraising in a movement-building campaign,” said Brooks. “I am profoundly grateful that more than 600 people have decided to invest in our vision for a just and equitable Montgomery County where everyday residents are centered in our policy decision-making. We will keep redefining what politics looks like and what it can achieve for Montgomery County residents every step of the way.”
Brooks continued, “Public financing continues to be a game-changer for those of us in Montgomery County who have been told that our voices, our votes, and our leadership don’t matter: women, people of color, immigrants, people with low incomes, renters, young people, new voters. Our grassroots fundraising and the matching distribution helps us to engage new voters and potential supporters across the county on the issues that matter most to them: housing, economic opportunity, transportation, education, climate change, and racial equity and social justice.”
Of the 610 donors reported in Brooks’s July 6 filing, 424 are from Montgomery County, making up 70% of her donor base. She raised $55,407.50 as of the filing date, with $41,192.50 (74%) coming from Montgomery County residents. The average total contribution per donor for Brooks’s campaign is around $70.
Candidates participating in the Montgomery County Public Election Fund commit to accepting only contributions from individuals, up to $250 per person. The County matches contributions from county residents up to four times for the at-large race. At-large candidates must collect at least $20,000 from at least 250 county residents to qualify for matching funds. Brooks blew past those requirements with her first filing, demonstrating how she has built a powerful grassroots campaign. Proponents of public financing tout its ability to engage new voices in politics.
Through a committed grassroots effort among the hundreds of supporters in the county and the surrounding area, Brooks exceeded her 2018 campaign fundraising totals in less than 5 months. Along with the filing, Brooks has gathered the support of a diverse list of grassroots leaders and elected officials of color, the BIPOC100.
“I’m excited to support Brandy Brooks, a fellow progressive and bold leader,” said Janeese Lewis George, DC Councilmember representing Ward 4. “Her voice and experiences as an Afro Latina organizer are deeply needed in Montgomery County and the DMV region to help build a just recovery that centers our communities in policy solutions. Black women are leading across the country and they deserve our support and a seat at the table.”
Brooks brings an essential perspective on housing and living wages for residents as a renter in the county. As a longtime environmental justice advocate, she is committed to advancing environmental, climate change, and land-use policies that are rooted in equity and justice. Her campaign noted that, if elected, she would be the first Black woman and first Latina to serve at-large in the County Council’s 50-year history.
Brooks is an Afro-Latina educator, facilitator, designer, and community organizer with 15 years of experience working on social, housing, environmental, and economic justice. In her 2018 campaign for County Council, she received endorsements from 21 local, state and national organizations.
The Democratic Primary is June 28, 2022. To learn more about Brandy Brooks, go to www.brandy4montgomery.com.