Who am I?

My name is Neda Bolourian and I grew up in Damascus, MD. I am a pro-choice feminist activist and attorney. In 2011, I worked closely with women’s rights activists to co-organize “Summer of Trust” in Germantown, helping to protect access to reproductive healthcare for Maryland women.

Why am I running?

I am running for County Council because I do not want to see my county become like Washington, DC. Our representatives are out of touch with constituents and need to be held accountable. Just last year they voted to give a 17.25% increase in pay for county council members. In this economic depression and in a county where the median income is $50,000 with thousands of homeless, this move by the council was completely out of touch with the needs of the people.

My Goals

I want to review and reform the tax code in my county so that we can bridge the income gap. Montgomery County is one of the most affluent in the nation and yet there are so many struggling to make ends meet. I want to end the failed war on drugs by legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. I want to expand access to the metro system and the MARC train in order to alleviate traffic gridlock while being sustainable. We need to protect our environment and I am committed to protect Ten Mile Creek.

My DFA Values

My campaign is entirely grassroots. I am an average citizen running for this position because I believe that money should not buy elections. I do not accept money from special interests and I am working on a very limited budget. I value transparency in government and believe that honest, hard working people should run for office. I am also a millennial and know first hand the problems we face and want to motivate other young people to get involved in the political process.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign is energized and run by the youth in this county. We have been visiting small businesses, knocking on doors and attending many forums. I want my message to be spread in this way and it has. The next step is to stand on intersections and hand out campaign literature. People are very interested in selecting a non establishment candidate.

Voice support


  • Julie Stukey
  • Lily Bolourian, VA

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

Stay informed -- like DFA on Facebook. ×