FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 17, 2018
BETHESDA, MD – Reggie Oldak, who is running for the open Montgomery County Council District 1 seat, announced today that she has raised over $125,000 through small donations and public matching funds as of January 10. This total includes an additional $11,462 in matching funds that Oldak has requested with this report.
Oldak is participating in the County's new public financing system and to date is the only District 1 candidate to have qualified for matching funds. Oldak was the first non-incumbent candidate for County Council to qualify, taking just 112 days to do so.
"I'm proud to participate in Montgomery County's new public financing program and to be running a people-powered campaign," said Oldak. "I'm participating in public financing because District 1 deserves a Councilmember who they can trust to represent them and not private interests. Under the public financing system, I can only accept contributions of $150 or less, and I cannot accept money from PACs, corporations, or labor unions. This is in contrast to my opponents who are not participating in public financing; they can accept donations of up to $6,000 and are not barred from accepting contributions from private interests."
"My campaign has been on an extensive listening tour of District 1, and my volunteers and I have knocked on over 9,500 doors so far. My campaign is about the residents of District 1, and I promise to be accountable to them."
Oldak is a tax lawyer who has experience serving at all levels of government. She formerly served as Director of Government Relations for the National Women’s Law Center and was Chair of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. She also served as an aide to State Senator Sharon Grosfeld in Annapolis and worked at the County Council. Oldak was President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women and currently serves as a member of the board of Montgomery County’s Arts and Humanities Council.
JANUARY PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 26, 2017
Montgomery County Council Gives Residents Option to Prepay Property Taxes
In an unprecedented December 26th special legislative session, the Montgomery County Council has authorized prepayment of County property taxes.
I submitted testimony in support of the measure as an appropriate response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law by the President on December 22, 2017.
If you are considering prepaying property taxes, please note the following:
- Before you make a payment, check the County website for instructions, including information about how to determine the amount due. A Notice of Intent must accompany payments.
- You are responsible for making sure that your payment is postmarked by December 31, 2017. This year, that means Friday, December 29, because New Year’s Day falls on Monday.
- The Internal Revenue Service has not yet ruled on whether this prepayment is deductible on tax returns for 2017. Consult your personal tax advisor before making the decision. It’s complicated, and I am not offering tax advice here.
With the TCJA, Republicans have put the interests of major corporations and the wealthiest households above everyone else. The TCJA caps the SALT deduction simply to pay for new tax breaks for millionaires and profitable corporations – not to reduce taxes for working families or make new public investments that benefit everyone. In addition, the new law creates huge deficits that some lawmakers will use later to justify damaging cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other safety net programs that protect the elderly and other vulnerable populations.
For those who itemize, the TCJA is plain bad tax policy. Capping the itemized deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) at $10,000 is especially bad for Maryland and Montgomery County residents. About 46 percent of Maryland tax returns included this deduction in 2015, compared to the national average of 30 percent, according to the Department of Legislative Services (DLS). Marylanders would have paid about $3 billion more in federal income taxes in 2015, had this deduction not been in place – an average of $2,328 per taxpayer, according to DLS estimates.
Not only will our residents face double taxation on some of their income and potentially see higher federal tax bills as a result of the TCJA. Capping the deduction will make it even harder for state and local governments to raise money to support the services we all rely on, at the same time that Congress shifts costs to state and local governments by sharply cutting funding for federal programs.
DECEMBER PRESS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2017
Reggie Oldak, Democrat for County Council District 1, is very proud to announce that she has earned the endorsement of all former (living) presidents of the 60-year-old political powerhouse that is the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County.
Pictured with Reggie (right) are eight of the 11 former presidents who have endorsed her campaign. From left to right: Anne Healy, Jane Merkin, Dorothy Barthelmes, Carole Brand, Daphne Bloomberg, Roberta Hochberg, Susan Messitte, and Linda Kolko at the organization’s 60th anniversary dinner. (Not pictured: Rebecca Kahlenberg, Madeleine Sigel, Beth Tomasello)
The Woman’s Democratic Club, formerly known as the Woman’s Suburban Democratic Club, is an activist group of political women and men, including those in the legislature and prominent in state and county government. Founded in 1956 by women who ran Adlai Stevenson’s Bethesda campaign office, the club began its tradition of hosting stellar speakers in 1957 by featuring Eleanor Roosevelt. It is the largest and oldest political club in Maryland.
Reggie is participating in Montgomery County’s new public financing system and has qualified to receive matching funds. She does not accept contributions from developers or PACs. Contributions from individuals are limited to a maximum of $150. To learn more about her campaign and to contribute, go to www.ReggieOldak.com and visit her Facebook Page.
SEPTEMBER PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE: Sept. 1, 2017
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Reggie Oldak, Democrat for County Council District 1, announces that she is the first non-incumbent to be certified eligible for matching funds under the new Montgomery County public financing program.
Because of her deep roots in the community and a large network of supporters, Reggie is able to compete against those who seek out wealthy donors and outside interests, just as the County’s public financing program anticipated.
“I’m not sitting on the sidelines, and neither should you. Join me! My thanks to the many local residents who have contributed to our campaign. I opted for public financing because I firmly believe that elected officials must work for the public interest rather than benefit private interests.”
Reggie does not accept contributions from corporations, unions, or PACs. Contributions from individuals are limited to a maximum of $150.
To learn more about her campaign, go to www.ReggieOldak.com and visit her Facebook Page.
By Rachel Siegel
None of the potential donors listening to Montgomery County Council hopeful Danielle Meitiv make her pitch Sunday had paid for the right to be there.
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JULY PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE: July 6, 2017
Reggie Oldak, Democrat for County Council District 1, announces that she is the first non-incumbent to reach the threshold to qualify to receive matching funds under the new Montgomery County public financing program, after her official campaign kick-off was held less than two weeks ago.
“Special thanks go to the more than 125 residents who have donated over $10,000 since I announced my candidacy. I opted for public financing because I believe that an elected official must represent her constituents and the public, not private interests. I’m not sitting on the sidelines, and neither should you. Join me!”
Reggie will not accept corporate, union, or PAC contributions, and individuals are limited to a maximum contribution of $150 under public financing rules. Under the new system, Montgomery County matches individual contributions in varying amounts, up to a maximum of $125,000 for a district council race.
By Glynis Kazanjian, MarylandReporter
Only one of the two women currently serving on Montgomery's nine-member County Council — Nancy Navarro — is up for re-election next year when four incumbents must vacate their seats because of new term limits. This leaves plenty of opportunity for new female candidates to fill those seats on what has historically been a council dominated by men. Full Article »
By Bill Turque
The 2018 primary is still a year away, but 17 candidates have declared their interest in qualifying for matching public funds in Montgomery County, an early sign that a new campaign finance law may be changing politics in the state’s largest jurisdiction. Full Article »
The tax attorney and longtime women’s issues advocate is Roger Berliner’s former chief of staff.
By Andrew Metcalf
A second candidate has emerged for the District 1 County Council seat that will be open in 2018. Full Article »