Voting Day Is Here!

Voting Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM
This is the day I’ve been waiting for since Election Day 2016. It is the time for us to change the
direction of our country and our state. Too many people stayed home in 2016 and the results have
been disastrous. Everybody should come to vote.
My Recommendations
Some people have asked who I am going to vote for and what I think about some of the ballot
initiatives.. I am not going to list every office because some of the candidates are unopposed, or do
not have much opposition.
These are races I do feel very strongly about:
Governor/ Lt Governor – Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull
I supported Ben Jealous in the Democratic Primary and continue to support him.
His platform for moving Maryland forward is consistent with what I believe, including:
$15 minimum wage
Universal Health Care/Medicare-for –All
Universal Pre-K Education
Criminal Justice Reform
(You can see his complete platform at: https://benjealous.com/issues)
A number of people have told me that they don’t think Larry Hogan is a bad guy, and think that he
works in a bi-partisan manner and deserves to be re-elected. Having served in the legislature, I
really have to disagree. Hogan is a highly partisan politician who did the following:
1. Vetoed Paid Sick Days for Workers
2.. Vetoed Increasing Renewable Energy in Maryland
3. Vetoed Restoring Voting Rights to Residents Leaving Prison
4. Vetoed a Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana
5. Vetoed a Bill to Help Halt Deportations of Immigrants over Minor Offenses
6. Vetoed Giving Parents & Teachers a Role in Education
7. Vetoed a Bill to Stop Police from Taking Your Money When You Haven’t Committed a
Crime
8. Delayed Tougher Water Pollution Rules for Coal Plants, After Trying to Postpone
Them Indefinitely
9. Called Removal of Additional Confederate Monuments Political Correctness “Run
Amok”
10. Vetoed Ban-the-Box Legislation (important legislation that was passed over his
veto, preventing discrimination in college applications – previously, when you applied to a
college in Maryland, you could be required to give information about whether you’d ever been
convicted of any offense, however minor)
11. Refused to fund the Red Line transportation project in Baltimore
12. Did not fund Prince George’s Hospital
I believe if Hogan is re-elected he will become more conservative and less bi-partisan as he tries to
move up in the Republican Party – and when he no longer needs to make himself attractive to
Maryland Democratic voters. If we want to move Maryland in a more progressive direction and help
Prince George’s County we need to elect Ben Jealous Governor.
Attorney General – Brian Frosh
I believe Brian Frosh is the best Attorney General our state has ever had. He is a tireless advocate
for consumer rights and has taken the initiative to sue President Trump when his policies have hurt
Maryland residents.
State Senate District 47 – Malcolm Augustine
I have known Malcolm for six years. He is a hard worker who has shown me his commitment to
serving our community. For the last five years he has been to every municipal council meeting, civic
association meeting and community event. He has earned my support and I think he will make an
effective responsive State Senator.
(Dina Fennell, and Julian Ivey are running for State Delegate in District 47A unopposed.)
Board of Education District 3 – Pamela BoozerStrother
(Mount Rainier, Brentwood, N. Brentwood, Avondale/Woodridge, Chillum, Hyattsville,
University Park)
Pamela lives in Brentwood. I have known her for over twelve years and worked with her on the
Gateway Community Development Corporation and in the Mount Rainier/Brentwood
Community. She is hard working and conscientious. She brings the perspective of a parent, an
activist in the local PTA and a home owner. Since so much of the state budget goes to education, I
believe it is important that someone who knows how difficult it is to pay property taxes will make sure
that the money is spent well. Her program includes building new schools in our area that have
smaller class sizes, paying educators fairly, and expanding the arts and language programs in all the
schools. She was endorsed by the Washington Post.
Ballot Questions
I will be voting YES on all these questions. Here is some of my reasoning:
Question 1 – Constitutional Amendment Requiring Gaming
Revenues to Supplement Spending for Education – YES
When casinos were approved in Maryland the money was supposed to be used for education
spending. While technically this money has been used for education, it has not added to education
funding as intended, because money that was previously dedicated for education was then used for
other purposes. This Constitutional Amendment would guarantee that all casino moneys would be
used to supplement moneys that are already placed in the budget as a result of the spending
formulas that are part of the Bridge of Excellence Act passed in 2002.
Question 2 – Same-Day Registration on Election Day – YES
This Constitutional Amendment will allow people to register and vote on Election Day. Right now
people can register during Early Voting but not on Election Day. Across the country, Republicans
are working hard to suppress the vote. Anything we can do to encourage people to vote and
increase citizen participation is a good, democratic thing.
County Referendums A- E: Charter Amendments to Allow
the County to Borrow Money by Issuing Bonds – YES
While county and municipal budgets are used for operating expenditures, bonds are normally
needed to fund capital construction costs – in the case of these bonds, for new and rehabilitated
facilities for Public Works and Transportation, the County Library System, Public Safety, County
Building, and Prince George’s Community College. I use the analogy with buying a home or doing a
major renovation. Most of us don’t have cash to pay for a house or even a new kitchen, so we take
out a loan from the bank, normally in the form of a mortgage or re-financing loan on the equity in our
home. In the same way, local jurisdictions (who have to balance their budgets) have to borrow
money for capital improvements (i.e., construction projects) and then pay off the projects over a
number of years (similar to a mortgage).
County Charter Amendments F – K
Recommendations from the Charter Review Commission –
YES
I honestly do not know much about these amendments, but I looked through them and do not see
anything controversial with them. They are all recommendations from the County Review
Commission. You can read all the recommendations
here: https://pgccouncil.us/DocumentCenter/View/3405/2018-Charter-Review-Report . (The
specific pages for each amendment are discussed on pages 3-6.)
League of Women Voters Voting Guide
The league publishes a very detailed guide with candidate biographies and responses to questions
as well as details about each of the ballot initiatives and a list of the projects planned for each of the
bond bills that have been proposed.
You should check it out
at: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/lwvmaryland/pages/2249/attachments/original/15386819
60/PG_County_2018_General_Electionl_100318.pdf?1538681960
If you have any questions or comments about any of the candidates or issues, please send me an
email at jtarlau@gmail.com and I will respond.