New Montgomery County Council members talk segregation, accessible communities

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The newly formed 19th Montgomery County Council invited dozens of local media members to their headquarters on Thursday.

Representatives from over a dozen media outlets met with the new wave of county leadership, including first-time council members Gabe Albornoz, Will Jawando, Evan Glass and Andrew Friedson.

“We need to create the notion of green tape as opposed to red tape and make it easier for companies to not only open up business here but thrive and stay and grow,” said Albornoz.

Montgomery County native Will Jawando spent time as a civil rights lawyer in the Obama White House and says a renewed push against the minority achievement gap is expected.

“That is a continued issue here,” said Jawando. “I just was at a forum last night with a whole bunch of African American parents. We are segregated here in the county, socio-economically and racial-ethnically. That has big time ramifications for our schools but also housing.”

They talked about a local economy that’s starting to stall and needs to be re-ignited.

Friedson ran on a platform of building more walkable communities and is on the planning and economic development committee.

“We have to focus on growing an economy that provides better jobs and higher wages and also livable walkable accessible communities that young families increasingly want, that workers increasingly want and that businesses are increasingly looking for.”

For these officials, the day represented a great opportunity to meet the men and women who will be telling Montgomery County‘s million-plus residents about their words and actions.

As for new appointee Evan Glass, he made history by becoming the council’s first member to be openly a part of the LGBTQ community, and boasts years of experience in the news and communications industry working as a producer for CNN.

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