Issues

What is Important

Troy's priority is creating a county where residents are free to pursue the American dream. Unfortunately, over the last ten years the county has become a harder place to live, with fewer jobs, more expensive housing, stagnant infrastructure, and decreasing public safety.

Montgomery County should be a home to all citizens, but especially for the hardworking middle class. More and more the county is neglecting the middle class. Asking them to bear the cost of inefficient programs while providing fewer services. This is not a fair deal. Given the chance the people of this county can do amazing things; the county just has to give them a fair opportunity.

Economy

Montgomery County has an intelligent, industrious, and innovative population. The key to long term economic development is unlocking that potential. There are two things that Montgomery County need to do to accomplish that:

  • Repeal repressive legislation that suppresses new business and stifles innovation; and

  • End the crony capitalism that advantages incumbents and large companies at the expense of small businesses and newcomers.

Competition is a good thing, but it has to be fair. People who work hard and work smart should be allowed to succeed. Big corporations and special interest will try to use the power of the government to entrench their positions and hurt the little guy. As your representative, Troy will work vigilantly to make sure that everyone gets a square deal.

Housing

There is only one policy the county can pursue to address the housing crisis: building more housing. While policies like rent control and price stabilization are useful emergency measures, in the long term they make the situation worse. Since 2010, the county population has increased by nearly 90,000 but the housing supply has only increased by 6,000. Unless Montgomery County will tolerate putting 15 people in each new house, the math doesn’t work. If new housing is not built, the county will crumble. There are three things Montgomery County can do to get more housing built:

  • Modifying zoning and building codes to give local communities flexibility based on neighborhood goals;

  • Loosen burdensome restrictions in order to unlock the power of the private sector; and

  • Correct market failures through financial incentives and direct investment.

Transportation

Transportation is a great economic equalizer. It allows access to jobs, to education, and to recreation. It is the glue that binds the community together. Creating a robust network with various modes of transportation is key to the long-term health of our county. This means investing in buses, trains, trams, bikes, rideshares, and footpaths. It also means coordinating with the private sector to unlock new forms of transport. While the county speaks a lot about these types of investments, it has failed to deliver. These projects need to be completed in years, not decades.

The open road is a wonderful thing. But prioritizing the car over all other forms of transport was a mistake that damaged our communities. You should have a plethora of options for how to get somewhere. It should be cheap, fast, and convenient. Montgomery County needs walkable neighborhoods where citizens can access their basic needs.

Public Safety

All candidates in the race talk vaguely about allocating additional resources for mental health and community policing. These are good ideas, but they are not going to profoundly change Montgomery County's outcomes. To do that, we need societal reform, and that is going to take time and effort. Broadly we need to develop an attitude of tolerance, a culture of forgiveness, and a system of support. The government can help this transformation by repealing excessively cruel punishments, decriminalizing minor offenses, and creating paths for reintegration into society. These changes will need to take place at all levels, including at the federal and state levels, but the county can its part and serve as a beacon to the broader world.

Public Health

As a volunteer EMT, Troy is well positioned to understand the health crisis. Montgomery County has plenty of resources but uses them inefficiently; the healthcare system is detached from reality. Vulnerable populations, especially the homeless, do not have the ability to get preventative care. The long term result of this is that the county bears the costs via emergency services. This is bad for both the vulnerable and the taxpayer. Montgomery County needs to invest in preventative care to lower healthcare costs and keep people healthy.

The Environment

Recently, a strand of nihilism has penetrated our society. Troy refuses to accept that the future is lost. Climate change is a global issue. Even if Montgomery County becomes completely carbon neutral, the problem will persist. But, Montgomery County have a responsibility to do its part, and has the potential to lead. The county can take concrete steps by reducing the carbon footprint of government services (e.g. switching to electrical buses), by increasing greenspace, and by maintaining an educated and active citizenry.