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Levi Statement

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Committee for Gerron Levi

P.O. Box 197 Bowie, MD 20719 301-390-1060
Media Advisory for Friday, January 15 Contact: Delna Gray (202) 413-2903

Maryland State Delegate Gerron Levi to Formally Launch Campaign for Prince George’s County Executive on January 15th
Maryland State Delegate Gerron Levi (D) will file for the office of Prince George’s County Executive on Friday, January 15th at 9:30 am at the Prince George’s County Board of Elections at 16201 Trade Zone Ave. Suite 108 Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. “Over the last 60 or so days, I have been actively exploring a run for County Executive. After consulting with family, friends, constituents and supporters, I have decided to formalize my intention to seek the office of Prince George’s County Executive. “The next County Executive must offer a vision and a specific plan for the County to address the pressing issues facing us at the local, regional and global level. I have outlined 10-steps to a more advanced, innovation-oriented and job creating County. Importantly, on five of those steps, I already have a well-documented record of action: laws passed, solutions proposed, and/or programs on the ground,” said Delegate Levi. “The times really call for extraordinary leadership and my campaign will try to make the case that my demonstrated record and ten-step plan will move the County into a bold, new direction. Prince George’s County needs innovative leaders to command the respect and leadership role in the region that it so richly deserves.” Delegate Levi is available for advance interviews. Please call (301) 801-6121. The campaign website can be found at: www.votelevi.com. Other initiatives spearheaded by Delegate Levi: www.mdcsic.org (Advanced Math Project) www.restorerespect.org (Campaign to Restore Respect at School)

About Delegate Gerron Levi

Current Job
Maryland House of Delegates, 23A Bowie, Mitchellville, Lanham-Seabrook, Glenn Dale, So. Laurel

1995-2009: Lawyer/Federal Registered Lobbyist Assistant Director, Legislative Department, AFL-CIO Legislative Representative, Laborers’ Intl. Union of North America 1991-1995: Legislative Assistant, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Legislative Correspondent, U.S. Representative Gus Savage

Committee Assignments:
House Judiciary Committee; House Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse House Work Group to Study Maryland Law Regarding Access to Firearms and Sharing of Health Information; Prince George's County Delegation, Bi-County Committee Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

Women Legislators of Maryland Prince George’s County Historical and Cultural Trust

Education:
University of California, Berkeley Howard University, School of Law

Professional Background:
Delegate Gerron Levi is an attorney and served from 2002 to 2009 as Assistant Director of the Legislative Department at the AFL-CIO, a federation of over 50 national and international labor organizations. She lobbied the U.S. Congress, Senate and the Executive Branch on national policy affecting fair wages and working conditions, health care, pensions, immigration, and workplace safety and health. She worked with both Democrats and Republicans to build a majority of votes in Congress. Gerron Levi presents at legislative conferences across the country and has been a spokesperson on forums, radio programs and in print media. From 1995 to 2002, she was Legislative Representative for the Laborers’ International Union of North America.

While serving as legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on judiciary issues, she helped the Senator draft important campaign finance legislation and pass a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons. Gerron Levi also served on the staff of Congressman Gus Savage (D-IL) where she worked on environmental issues and constituent services.

Other Community Involvement
Delegate Gerron Levi is an active member of the Woodmore community. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodmore Homeowner’s Association, as the community’s newsletter editor, and is a founding member of the Woodmore Friendship Council, which seeks to build a greater sense of community through events that bring neighbors and communities together. The Council’s inaugural garden tour was featured in the July/August 2005 edition of the national “Homes of Color” magazine.

She served as a member of the Prince George’s County Council’s Church Road Task Force and as a member of the Bowie and Vicinity Master Plan developing tier focus group. She is an active member of her church, From the Heart Church Ministries, and she enjoys skiing, swimming, hiking, biking and just about any outdoor activity.

Delegate Levi's 10-Step Plan for Prince George's County

Leaping Ahead in Education
Step 1: Cut School Suspensions in Half = Path to Better Teachers, Principals, Classrooms, Achievement & Lower Costs

Step 2: Cut School Absenteeism in Half = Fewer Dropouts, a Higher Graduation Rate & Lower Crime

Step 3: Produce 50% More Students who are "Advanced" = Attract High-end Development and Produce an Innovation Economy

Adopt Smart Policies on Crime
Step 4: Combat “Stop Snitching”/Witness Intimidation

Step 5: Smart Policies on Ex-Offenders & Juveniles

Spur Job Creation
Step 6: More Technology Transfer to Companies/Entreprenuers in Prince George's

Step 7: Inner Beltway: Maintain Focus on Redevelopment Strategies

Lead the State and the Nation on Green Energy
Step 8: Put Down a Footprint on Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs)

Solve the Budget Crisis Without Raising Taxes
Step 9: CountyStat: Responsive, Data-Driven & Accountable Government

Step 10: Solve Budget Shortfalls Without Higher Taxes

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