BETHESDA – Green Party candidate Tim Willard of Kensington has filed with the County Board of Elections to run for the County Council at Large in 2018.
“I’m running on a platform of sustainability,” Willard said. “We have start planning an end to growth, it’s getting expensive, and we have to figure out how we go into the future,” he added.
Willard, 65, said many of the county’s issues such as school overcrowding, Metro reliability, and carbon footprint reduction remain unsolved and need to be addressed.
He explained that he wanted to revive Montgomery County’s component of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF), first drafted in 1977 to limit development.
The MALPF was designed for counties to designate portions of land to preserve agricultural areas.
“Our schools are overcrowded, our teachers our overworked, and there’s a growing wealth inequality between the wealthier western and poorer eastern parts of the county,” Willard said.
Willard, who ran for the County Council in 2014, added he will be formally announcing his candidacy when he files with the Maryland State Board of Elections sometime in the next week.
In 2014, Willard earned 2.4 percent with 22,274 votes.