Cooper For Maryland
Maryland Delegate District 16 in MD http://www.CooperForMaryland.com
6329 Windermere Circle
North Bethesda, MD
Public Phone Number: 301-655-0040
Public Email: [email protected]
Primary Election Date: 2014-06-24 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
From the Community, For the Community
I was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and now live in North Bethesda. As a graduate of the local MCPS educational system—Luxmanor Elementary, Tilden Middle, and Walter Johnson High School—I know what works and what doesn’t for local students and families. I pursued my Bachelor’s degree at Vassar College and my Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Throughout my life, I have taken an active approach to citizenship and have devoted myself to public service. I currently serve as the elected President of the Luxmanor Citizens Association, representing the North Bethesda community in which I was raised and educated. This July, after being nominated by County Executive Issiah “Ike” Leggett, I was unanimously confirmed by the Montgomery County Council to serve as a member Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board.
Hitting the Ground Running
Professionally, I bring a wealth of experience at the intersection of health care policy and Maryland state government. After college I served as a Legislative Aide for a Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly. In that role, I learned that providing outstanding constituent service is as important to the work of a successful delegate as ushering bills through the legislative process. While with the General Assembly, I worked on health and budget issues, and closely monitored the development of what would eventually become the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Congress. I am proud of my achievements, which include research supporting the passage of a utility regulation bill preventing “termination of service” to indigent customers on days of extreme temperature, as well as the issuance of a $5 million bridge grant to Bon Secours Hospital enabling it to ensure continued service for uninsured patients.
In order to be more effective as an advocate for all families facing difficulties within the health care system, I pursued my MSPH in Health Policy with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While in Baltimore, I supplemented my academic training with concrete experience working on mental health care delivery systems, patient safety, and quality of care at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Campus. As a health care policy advisor at the National Partnership for Women and Families, I wrote comments pertaining to the implementation of the ACA on the use of quality measurement to improve value in health care. Some of those were incorporated into final regulations in the Federal Register.
Now, as a candidate for Delegate, I am committed to advocating on behalf of all the residents of Maryland’s 16th Legislative District. I am your advocate for issues concerning you at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Send your issue to me at Jordan [at] CooperForMaryland [dot] com and allow me to advocate for YOU.
Why am I running?
Jordan P. Cooper is the only challenger candidate running for Delegate in District 16 who has extensive on-the-ground legislative experience in Annapolis. Jordan first worked in the Maryland General Assembly 10 years ago in 2003 as a Student Page. More recently, he worked full-time for two years as a Legislative Aide for Delegate Keith E. Haynes in the House of Delegates. During this time, Jordan gained professional experience solving problems and providing answers to constituents in need of assistance. Jordan knows HOW Annapolis works, knows WHO works in Annapolis, and Jordan knows, more than any other challenger candidate, WHAT works in Annapolis. He will use this knowledge to the advantage of the constituents of District 16 and ensure that no time is wasted bringing a freshman Delegate up to speed; Jordan is ready to Hit the Ground Running from Day 1.
Jordan has a wide array of experience in healthcare that is unmatched by any other challenger candidate. Jordan has worked on health policy issues in the Maryland General Assembly while working for the Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources. Jordan has written language that has since been incorporated into final federal regulations pertaining to Medicare and Health Care Reform. Jordan has a Master's degree in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Moreover, he has experience working in a variety of settings with a variety of stakeholders in such a way that he is able to appreciate the many perspectives that will be brought to the table during discussions about how Marylanders can get better value from their healthcare, control costs, improve quality, and finally have security with their healthcare. Unlike any other candidate for Delegate in District 16, Jordan has worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinical environments, in Maryland and Federal legislative bodies (Jordan has experience working for the U.S. Congress), in the non-profit advocacy setting, in the private sector consulting business, and has formal academic training on the very issues that he wishes to work on as YOUR Delegate.
A Lifetime of Community Service
Jordan has invested over half of his life thus far in public service through volunteerism; few if any of the other challengers can make such a claim of consistent dedication to the improvement of the community.
Educated and Raised in District 16
Jordan attended Kindergarten through 12th grade in Montgomery County Public Schools here in the 16th District. Jordan has volunteered, worked at, and studied in many major institutions throughout District 16. He knows our District, its schools, our Legislature, who we are, and how to put the community first.
Advancing Affordable, Accessible, and Quality Healthcare
Healthcare is the single greatest driver of both the Federal and Maryland budgets, accounting for the greatest percentage of government spending when compared to any other sector of the economy. Our budgets, and indeed our very lives, depend upon the delivery of high value care in Maryland. As such, healthcare reform must be executed by trained, knowledgeable, and experienced legislators who are ready to hit the ground running. I have contributed to the implementation of the ACA at the federal level, have training from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and have worked on health policy in the Maryland General Assembly. With this background, I am uniquely positioned to help Maryland meet the challenges of implementing healthcare reform over the coming decade.
Regardless of your health insurance status, there is much at stake as Maryland implements the ACA. We must strive to reduce rates of hospital-acquired infections, which afflict patients irrespective of their insurance coverage. We must align financial incentives to reward physicians for providing appropriate levels of care. The current Fee for Service model of reimbursement has, perversely, incentivized the systemic overuse of diagnostics and therapeutic treatments.
Excellence in Education
I am committed to preserving, strengthening and advocating for the highest quality K-12 education at MCPS now and forever. MCPS is the bedrock upon which our community is founded, it is our greatest asset and crown jewel. My vision of public education is a system that effectively shapes thoughtful, active citizens who are capable of holding our government, the media, and society accountable. Education is an investment in future generations of Marylanders; it is an investment in a set of skills that can never be outsourced.
Investment in the liberal arts is necessary to facilitate the sort of self-expression and creative, critical thinking that Thomas Jefferson envisioned would define active citizenship in America; indeed, this was this principle upon which the United States first introduced public education to the world in the early 19th century.
We have done the hard work of investing in education; Now, our economy can be made stronger by incentivizing Millenials to return to the place where they were educated so that their children benefit from the same opportunities.
These are experiences with which every constituent of District 16 is intimately familiar. Improved mass-transit options will increase mobility, strengthen our economy, and improve our quality of life. To stay competitive, we must invest in and expand our transportation infrastructure.
My DFA Values
A Contract with the Community
As a constituent in our community, you are entitled to responsive representation. I pledge to listen. I pledge to be present. I pledge to be available. I pledge to serve you with character and integrity. With me as your delegate, your voice will be heard, and your interests will be fairly represented. I make this commitment to our community: both now as a candidate and later as your delegate, you can count on having your questions and concerns received with sincerity, honesty, and an open door.
Facilitating Community Solutions
A delegate in the Maryland General Assembly primarily serves the public in three capacities, as a statesman, as an advocate, and as a legislator. My platform outlines my vision for how I will execute these three responsibilities:
Your concerns matter. The problems you face deserve to be handled in a timely manner and seen through to a resolution without being passed along down a bureaucratic grapevine. You can expect me to be your advocate wherever you find yourself in need of assistance. Regardless of whether your issue falls under the jurisdiction of county, state, or federal government, or more directly pertains to the private sector, you can trust that, when you come to my office, answers will be found, follow-up will be provided, and responsibility will be taken.
My office will facilitate problem resolution by the community, for the community. While some issues will require long-term legislative solutions in Annapolis, others can be solved with expertise found within our own community. The issues that define this campaign are constituent-driven, and often, so too are the solutions. As one of the most educated districts in the nation, our human capital, collective wisdom, and subject matter expertise has the capacity, if effectively leveraged, to address many of the most pressing issues facing District 16. I will work to expand the visibility of the office of delegate as an office that connects community members’ issues with their neighbors’ expertise.
Sometimes though, the rules of the game need adjustment to create a fairer playing field. And as individual concerns require community-driven solutions, so too do legislative issues require cohesive action among your elected officials across all levels of government. I pledge to strengthen the cohesion of the Montgomery County state delegation, and to create a united front among our county’s representatives in Rockville, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have knocked on 5,000 doors since May 2013 and am continuing to knock for the next 7 months leading up to the June Primary. I fundraise while I canvass, raising small dollar contribution amounts at each door. 300 unique contributors have invested in the campaign so far. I have been elected to represent my community of 2,000 individuals as the President of the Luxmanor Citizens Association. I have been appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council as a member on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Association. I have reached out to voters at parades, supermarkets, and metro stations. I am out in my community each and every day, attending events, having meetings, and solving casework issues for my constituents. We have a 25 member team of volunteers who provide real value through the provision of in-kind contributions.