ISSUES

Education

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"Like me, Jeff Waldstreicher has kids in our public schools, so he knows how important it is to keep our schools great. I'm voting for him because I know he'll always work to ensure public schools have the resources they need."

 

-- Anne Balcer, Kensington

Jeff believes that every child deserves a great education. This is deeply personal to Jeff: all three of his children attend Montgomery County Public Schools just like he did. As State Senator, Jeff has fought to keep our public schools strong.

Jeff's Plan:

  • Close the achievement gap by reducing class size and increasing school funding to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code or family income, can get a high-quality education.

  • Pay teachers fairly so they can spend their time and effort focusing on what's important--equipping our kids for success in the 21st century.

  • Listen closely to parents, who deserve a responsive and helpful school system.

  • Invest in The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, our state’s once-in-a-generation education reform package.

  • Protect our students by advocating for commonsense gun reform and opposing any efforts to arm teachers in Maryland.

Gun Violence

 
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“Jeff Waldstreicher has always been a vocal supporter of gun violence prevention policies. He prioritizes the issue of reducing gun violence in our community and isn’t afraid to stand up to the gun lobby.” 

 

-- Jen Pauliukonis, Fmr. President, Marylanders to Prevent Gun violence

As a husband, father, and proud progressive, Jeff believes we must crack down on gun violence.  As State Senator, he's shown a  relentless commitment to our shared values, including commonsense gun safety reforms.

Jeff's Record of Achievement:

  • Received "Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction" by Moms Demand Action (2018)

  • Banned "bump stocks," which turn guns into automatic weapons

  • Passed "red flag" legislation, to ensure that folks who are a threat to themselves or others can't obtain guns

  • Stopped convicted domestic abusers from being able to own a gun

  • Co-sponsor of legislation to ban “ghost guns,” which are wreaking havoc in Montgomery County

 

Criminal Justice Reform

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“Jeff has lived a life dedicated to service and problem-solving, with an unwavering dedication to racial reconciliation and justice. He walks the walk; he does the work. Joining with Black leaders like Chairman Will Smith and Senator Jill Carter, Jeff has led on critical criminal justice reforms, including expanding re-entry opportunities and decriminalizing cannabis.” 

 

-- Henriot St. Gerard, community leader

 

Jeff believes in racial justice and reforming our criminal justice system. As Vice Chair of the powerful Judicial Proceedings Committee, Jeff is a recognized leader in ensuring our justice system is fair and equitable.

Jeff's Record of Achievement:

  • Passed bold legislation to provide Marylanders with a second chance by automatically clearing their criminal records of minor offenses

  • Fought for re-entry services for formerly incarcerated Marylanders

  • Helped lead the charge to pass the Justice Reinvestment Act, Maryland’s historic criminal justice reform legislation

  • Voted to decriminalize personal amounts of cannabis