Category: Election

Brandy Brooks endorsed by National Nurses

Earlier today the National Nurses Organizing Committee endorsed Brandy Brooks, as well as four other candidates for office in Montgomery County. The National Nurses Organizing Committee is an extension of National Nurses United, the largest union representing registered nurses. National Nurses United are not only national leaders on progressive policy for health care and workers – they’re fighting right here in Montgomery County to ensure that nurses can work in safety and with dignity as they provide the health care our communities need every day.

In their press release today, the National Nurses Organizing Committee said that “registered nurses are excited to endorse Brandy Brooks, Tom Hucker, Danielle Meitiv, and Chris Wilhelm for Montgomery County Council, because they wholeheartedly share nurses’ values and are committed to patient safety, working families and health care justice,” said Drew Biederman, RN, a member of NNOC/NNU and a resident of Montgomery County.”

The endorsement marks the eighth for the campaign and the third major endorsement in the past week. “I am incredibly proud to be endorsed by the registered nurses of NNOC/NNU,” said Brandy Brooks. “They are not only national leaders on progressive policy for health care and workers – they’re fighting right here in Montgomery County to ensure that nurses can work in safety and with dignity as they provide the health care our communities need every day.”

 

Brandy Brooks Reaches $20,000 Threshold for Matching Public Funds

Brandy Brooks Reaches $20,000 Threshold for Matching Public Funds

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.

 

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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.

 
Brandy Brooks Receives Two New Major Endorsements

Brandy Brooks Receives Two New Major Endorsements

Progressive Maryland and Montgomery County Education Association Endorse Brandy Brooks

Brooks will appear on the Apple Ballot and continues to stand out as a “dynamic, passionate, and inspiring” leader in the at-large contest.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (March 09, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council and community organizer, has received endorsements from Progressive Maryland and the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). Progressive Maryland is a statewide advocacy organization promoting social, economic, and racial justice, with more than 120,000 members, supporters, and organizational affiliates. MCEA is the largest local affiliate of the National Education Association, representing over 14,000 teachers and education professionals. These are Brooks’ second and third endorsements, respectively.

“Brandy is a Progressive Maryland member and a former leader within the Montgomery County chapter,”  said Progressive Maryland’s Montgomery County chapter in their endorsement recommendation. “She now works with the Statewide organization to help train leaders in chapters across Maryland. Those of you who have had the opportunity to meet Brandy in person or to hear her speak already know what a dynamic, passionate, inspiring person Brandy is. A tireless advocate for the disadvantaged, Brandy has a unique ability to galvanize nearly everyone she meets.”

“MCEA is beyond excited to extend the Apple Ballot recommendation to Brandy Brooks,” said Nikki Woodward, Chair of the Political Action Community Engagement (PACE) committee and member of the Board of Directors for MCEA. “Ms. Brooks brings an excitement, energy, and breadth of knowledge regarding the needs of students, families, communities, and schools. We strongly believe the addition of Ms. Brooks and her wholistic and thoughtful priorities and policy ideas will ensure that all learners will have access to a high quality education and enrichment opportunities.”

Brooks, a Democrat, is Progressive Maryland’s Leadership Development Organizer as well as a member. Brooks also has several years of experience teaching in higher education, and has been an instructor or guest lecturer at the Boston Architectural College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, MIT, Suffolk University, and Tufts University. She received the endorsement of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America in January.

“It is a tremendous honor to be endorsed by these progressive champions in Montgomery County,” said Brooks. “Progressive Maryland has been my organizing home and where I have developed as a leader and a powerbuilder. It means so much to have the support of my colleagues in Montgomery County and around the state. And the time and energy MCEA members devoted to this endorsement process so clearly illustrates what our county’s teachers demonstrate every day: their passion and commitment to providing the best education for the students of our county. I’m proud to work alongside such exceptional advocates for Montgomery County’s families and communities.”

Brooks is committed to fair elections and is participating in the new public financing system in Montgomery County. The campaign is preparing to file for certification of matching funds this month.

The Democratic Primary is June 26, 2018.

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Brandy Brooks is a public election fund candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large. Brooks has been endorsed by the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Maryland, and the Montgomery County Education Association. 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.

7 Months to Go!

7 Months to Go!

We’ve got exactly 7 months until the Democratic Primary – June 26, 2018.

Brandy’s Power Posse continues to grow but there is still work to be done if we want to shift power back to everyday people. Earlier this month our campaign manager, Michelle, shared that we are over halfway towards a major goal for qualifying for matching funds: 250 Montgomery County donors.

We need your help to get 250 donors before the end of the year. Can you help us?

Here are 3 ways to help us qualify:

  1. Share why you support Brandy. We are collecting quotes and testimonials about why folks support Brandy. Feel free to post on social media (tag the campaign at @brandy4moco) or you can email the campaign at [email protected] and we will post your story online for you.

  2. Ask two (2) people to donate $5 or more to the campaign. Every donation helps us get closer to qualifying. Our average donation is $38 so we want folks to give what they can – it helps get big money out of our politics so that the issues that matter most – your issues – are what our elected leaders focus on. Share our donate link brandy4montgomery.com/donate.

  3. Join our #GivingTuesday Thunderclap on November 28 and wear purple. We’d love for you to wear purple on Tuesday, November 28 and volunteer with a community project in your neighborhood. Send a picture of yourself wearing purple to show your support for Brandy and give back to your community by volunteering at a local community center or organization. https://brandy4montgomery.com/thunderclap1128

    What’s a Thunderclap? It’s using social media collectively to boost a message — in this case, about #GivingTuesday and Brandy’s campaign — all you have to do is click a button and Thunderclap sends out a message on your behalf. Together, we can do good online and in our communities!

 

Brandy Brooks Launches Platform with Focus on Housing and Economy

Brandy Brooks Launches Platform with Focus on Housing and Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 1, 2017

CONTACT
Michelle C. Whittaker, Brandy for Montgomery County
[email protected] | 301-244-8845

Brandy Brooks Launches Platform with Focus on Housing and Economy 

At-Large Candidate Rolls Out Platform Ahead of Aug. 26 Kickoff

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — Brandy Brooks, grassroots organizer and at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council, announced the first part of her campaign platform today under the theme “Montgomery for All.” Brandy is excited to work with county residents on building a Montgomery County where all can live and thrive – for families, small businesses, young people, and seniors. Recognizing the stark economic disparities that exist in the county, Brooks is offering a vision for all residents that puts people above corporate interests.

The campaign website states, “We want to ensure that Montgomery County is for all of us: a place where we can live and thrive together, where we can take care of ourselves and our families, and where everyone can enjoy all of the County’s many benefits.”

“No longer will we let the interests of a few dictate the well being for the many,” said Brooks. “As one of the wealthiest counties in Maryland, we have the resources to carry out truly progressive policies. Our county should be a model for a just economy and safe, affordable housing — not economic inequality and communities segregated by race and class.”

The campaign released the first two planks of Brooks’ platform: Housing for All and Economy for All.

Housing for All Everyone in Montgomery should be able to find safe, healthy housing that they can afford – whether they are buying or renting their home. And our county should not be segregated by race and class. Right now only some of us live in places with good transportation and lots of green space and schools with lots of extra resources, and there are many places in the county where poor and working class people, immigrants, and people of color are implicitly or explicitly told they “don’t belong.”

Economy for All Workers are the foundation of our economy – the places we work wouldn’t exist without us. But the economic system that relies on our labor also devalues it: the majority of workers don’t truly share in the profits from our work. We need an economy based on equity, not exploitation – where our contributions to that economy are fairly rewarded and where power and wealth aren’t concentrated in the hands of a few.

Over the next three weeks, Brandy’s campaign is releasing platform details and sharing stories from her conversations with residents across the county. More details on Brandy’s platform are available at brandy4montgomery.com.

“We’re building a movement that reflects all the diverse communities across the county,” said Brooks.

In July, Brandy officially filed as a candidate for At-Large County Council. The campaign is holding its official kickoff event on Saturday, August 26th 2-4pm at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. The family-friendly event will give supporters and interested residents an opportunity to talk with Brandy about the issues that concern them most. For more information, contact Michelle Whittaker at [email protected].

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Brandy Brooks is a public election fund candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large.