Gaithersburg, MD – Today Senator Roger Manno received the endorsement of Greater Greater Washington, for his commitment to improved infrastructure, sustainable transportation and diverse housing opportunities throughout the region.
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Our endorsements for Congress: Roger Manno, Jennifer Wexton
Endorsements April 24, 2018
Roger Manno and Jennifer Wexton.
Our region has two hotly contested Democratic primaries for Congress, in Maryland’s 6th district and Virginia’s 10th. Greater Greater Washington endorses Roger Manno for MD-06 and Jennifer Wexton for VA-10.
Despite representing two separate states, the two districts are not so different. Both start with a chunk of suburban communities and some walkable urban places in our region. The districts then straddle either side of the Potomac River in increasingly rural territory to the West Virginia border and surround the West Virginia panhandle.
Roger Manno for MD-06
The Maryland 6th includes Gaithersburg, North Potomac, Clarksburg, Frederick, and western Maryland. Congressman John Delaney is stepping down to run for President (already). We received questionnaire responses from two Democrats, state senator Roger Manno and businessman David Trone, and from Republican Lisa Lloyd. Aruna Miller, a state delegate, is also widely considered a third front-runner along with Manno and Trone, but she did not return our questionnaire, nor did Nadia Hashimi or Andrew Duck.
Manno had the clearly best responses on our questionnaire. On the head-to-head rating tool we created, where readers compared two anonymous responses, Manno’s answer won 74% of the time, Trone’s 51%, and Lloyd’s only 8%.
Manno has been a consistent supporter of transit, walking, and bicycling in the state house. In his questionnaire, he talked about supporting transit funding for Congress, and also particularly touted his record on bicycle and pedestrian issues:
In the Maryland General Assembly I have been a leading advocate for bicyclists. I successfully introduced legislation to establish the Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland highways. The important work of this Task Force can be a transformative step in providing equal access to our road networks for cyclists. Working with Bike Maryland, I have also introduced much needed legislation to require drivers to come to a full stop for cyclists waiting to cross roadways at crosswalks. Furthermore, with pedestrian deaths at a 25 year high it is more important than ever that short, medium and long term road planning includes funding for incorporating pedestrian safety best practices.
He did suggest he may support widening some roads, writing, “When evaluating new road construction projects (as opposed to road and intersection improvements), my preference is improving existing road capacity (such as I-270), as opposed to new road construction.” But more broadly, he wrote, “I prefer growth through transit-oriented development that provides meaningful access to pedestrians and bicycles, not just as an accommodation but as an incentivized form of travel.”
David Trone wrote that “I believe we should continue to focus future jobs and housing in those areas where we already have town centers, transit services, walkable communities, and other public infrastructure in place and preserve valuable open space for future generations,” and he spoke positively about funding for Metro (as did Manno). However, his answers were far more vague.
Contributors also were concerned about his experience so far and views on other issues. One wrote, “I am turned off by his being a wealthy businessperson trying to buy a seat. This was his m.o. when he ran in my district MD-08 two years ago.” Another noted that his campaign manager is Rich Parsons, one of Montgomery County’s main highway lobbyists. There have also been some (not widely confirmed) reports of “misogyny and sexism” in the campaign.
Lloyd, the Republican, said in her questionnaire that she does not support federal funding going to transit or for pedestrian and bicycle improvements (but is for sidewalks, perhaps though not federally funded). She would address growth by removing all restrictions on housing.
We encourage Democratic voters in Maryland’s 6th District to choose Roger Manno on June 26 (and have no endorsement in the Republican primary).