PRESS RELEASE: ACT Scorecard Falsely Represents Brandy Brooks’ Positions on Transit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Michelle C. Whittaker, Brandy Brooks for County Council At-Large

[email protected] | 301-244-8845

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (June 8, 2018) — Misinformation regarding Brandy Brooks’ publicly available positions on transit are being shared in the Action Committee for Transit (ACT) scorecard. Brooks is setting the record straight to make sure voters across the county have truthful and accurate information to make their decisions.

The ACT scorecard claims to be based on several criteria including public statements, answers to questionnaires, and the candidate’s website. The rating does not reflect publicly available information regarding Brandy Brooks’ views on transit or housing. The Brooks campaign has attempted to work with ACT representatives to clarify the misinformation.

“The Action Committee for Transit is a dedicated group of volunteers who have been doing tremendous work on Montgomery County transit issues for many years,” said Brandy Brooks. “We share a deep commitment to a transit vision for our county that adequately serves our communities and reduces our reliance on personal vehicle travel. So it’s frustrating to find my positions misrepresented by ACT when we should be working together to build the community power we need to ensure strong transit investments.”

Representatives from ACT informed the Brooks campaign that her negative score was based on tweets where she emphasized the need for more focus on affordable housing development. They claim that Brooks’ concern about “trickle-down affordability”—the County’s over-reliance on luxury housing developments with a small fraction of affordable units to meet its severe affordable housing deficit—means that she does not support housing development near transit. This is demonstrably false.

Brooks has repeatedly stated her commitment to preserving and developing affordable housing near transit nodes, such as the Takoma-Langley Transportation Center that will ultimately become a Purple Line station. Additionally, Brooks has expressed her strong commitment to creating transit solutions for areas of the county that have been overdeveloped without supporting transportation infrastructure, such as Clarksburg and Damascus.

The campaign launched the “Correct the Record:ACT Scorecard” information page to provide voters and the media with accurate details on Brandy Brooks’ positions.

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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. Brooks is the Leadership Development Organizer for Progressive Maryland, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization promoting social, economic, and racial justice.

Brandy has been endorsed by 18 local, state, and national groups including unions, progressive grassroots groups, and religious and immigrant advocacy organizations. She is the most endorsed female candidate in the at-large field out of 33 candidates.

To learn more about Brandy Brooks, go to www.brandy4montgomery.com.

 

 

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