Andrew Platt for Delegate, Maryland - District 17
MD-17 in MD http://www.andrewplatt.org/
58 Beacon Hill Court
Public Phone Number: 301-775-4397
Public Email: [email protected]
Primary Election Date: 2014-06-24 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I'm running for Delegate to bring big, bold progressive solutions to Annapolis. Born in Rockville and raised in a working class neighborhood in Gaithersburg, I'm the son of a mailman and learned at a young age the importance of hard work and playing by the rules.
The product of Montgomery County Public Schools and the first in my family to graduate from college, I understand that access to a good public education from pre-K through college is a right, not a privilege granted to only a special few. That’s why I’ll fight for new and innovative education policies that make sure all of our children are able to achieve their full intellectual potential.
After working my way through college, I went to work for Donna Brazile, the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation for the Democratic National Committee. I then got a job on Capitol Hill working for the House Democratic Caucus, the legislative and communications hub for House Democrats. As a staffer for the Caucus, I worked to help advance legislation to create jobs, grow our middle class, and protect Social Security and Medicare from drastic cuts. While working full-time on Capitol Hill, I went to graduate school at night and received my Master’s degree.
Now I'm running for Delegate to heighten the political conversation in Maryland and bring big ideas and concrete solutions to Annapolis. My campaign won’t be platitudes and talking points. It’s going to be an ongoing conversation with folks – talking about how we can make government work better to improve our schools, grow our middle class, and make sure that Maryland’s economy gets going again.
For too long, our faith in public institutions has been eroding. It’s time we reverse that trend by making sure government is looking out for all of its citizens – leveling the playing field and giving everyone a fair shot at the American Dream.
It isn’t going to be easy – change never is. With your continued support, we’re going to build a people-powered campaign that will harness the power of collective action. Together, we can restore faith in the ability of our government and elected officials to do good work.
Why am I running?
I'm running because our society is reaching an unsustainable and immoral level of economic inequality and social mobility. As Delegate, I'll be a legislative champion for getting Universal Pre-Kindergarten to Maryland. It's a moral failure for a state as wealthy and Democratic as Maryland to not offer every four-year old a fair shot at success.
Growing up in an ethnically diverse, working class neighborhood, I was always interested in the concept of political representation and class structure. I thought I'd be able to make a difference as a staffer on Capitol Hill, but I learned that fighting for the folks I grew up with starts right here at home.
The single, defining moment I decided to run for office was a couple of years back. My mother had lost her job during the recession and was having trouble finding work. When she lost her job, she also lost her health insurance, and she didn't have the money to buy private insurance. One evening, she called and told me she had a job interview the next day to become a front desk receptionist. I could tell from her voice that she was enthusiastic about the possibility of getting hired. But after a couple of moments on the phone, she broke down in tears. My mother was notably missing a few teeth when she smiled, and without health and dental insurance, she couldn't afford to get her teeth fixed. She was worried that nobody would hire her, particularly for a front desk job, when she was missing some teeth. In a moment of blind optimism and naivete, I told her that it would be fine and that everything would work out.
Well, everything wasn't fine. She didn't get the job, and not too long after that interview, she had a stroke and became mired in debt related to her health care bills. I made a promise to myself to run for office so I can fight for my mother and the many like her in Maryland, and all across our country.
I've got the moral and intellectual commitment to progressive policies to make sure that nobody in our society gets left behind.
1) Universal Pre-Kindergarten in Maryland. After a comprehensive round of interviews and meetings with folks involved in the legislative and political process, there is a consensus that nobody in the House of Delegates has made Universal Pre-K their main objective. This will be my number one priority. I will wake up and go to bed thinking about how Maryland can enact and implement Universal Pre-K. I will engage all the necessary stakeholders in the process to get this done.
2) Enact mandatory paid sick leave. Here in Maryland, there are 709,400 private sector workers and over 58,000 local, county, and state workers that don't have mandatory paid sick leave. Mandatory paid sick leave is critical to maintaining a commitment to working and middle class families. Enacting mandatory paid sick leave will save Maryland over $41 million per year in reduced hospital visits.
3) Increasing access to affordable child care. In Montgomery County, families with a child in a day care center spent an average of 20 percent of their income on child care. This is wrong. Increasing access to affordable child care is an economic issue and a women's issue, given the high number of single mother households in our state and the propensity for mothers to be the primary caretaker of a child in a family.
My DFA Values
Our campaign is about big, bold progressive solutions to our community's most vexing problems. We're losing our values of community, security, and liberty because people are giving up hope on the American Dream. They're starting to think that nobody in elected office is looking out for them.
In the neighborhood I grew up in, our neighbors looked out for each other. Our campaign is about looking out for people - and that means everybody. We'll be focusing on policies to ensure that we've got a level playing field and that we're not becoming a nation of birthright.
My Campaign is People Powered!
In the words of Howard Dean, I'm running to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. Our campaign has released a score of endorsements from progressive activists, including from the President of the District 17 Democratic Club, an organization representing the most active and progressive Democrats in our district.
Our campaign has already knocked on thousands of doors, engaging likely Democratic voters and the progressive grassroots. We'll continue to engage and build a progressive movement here in Maryland.