A U.S. citizen since 2005, Daniel Koroma was born in Sierra Leone and attended school in Washington D.C. He learned the value of hard work and service from his father, who worked at the International Monetary Fund, and his mother, who worked for the World Bank. Daniel Koroma launched his own career in community service advocating for African immigrants who were in danger of losing their protected immigration status. He has over 15 years of policy experience and accomplishments as a volunteer and an employee in Montgomery County government. He earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland. Daniel worked for former Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett doing outreach to African and Caribbean Communities and then as the point person for the County’s businesses.

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 LIST OF ISSUES

Education

I believe every child in MCPS should read at or above grade level. We need to close the educational opportunity gaps by supporting teachers, families, and students at all levels. My son graduated two years ago from Spring Brook High School and my daughter is a senior at Blake High School. I know first hand the struggles of teachers and the PTAs , so I will fight for:

  • Training and paying MCPS school staff as the professionals and frontline workers they are.

  • Adequately fund MCPS and advocate for an increased State CIP budget based on current and projected school enrollments and capacities.

  • Combine college prep programs with financial literacy, technical training, and workplace experience.  

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Business & Community Development

I have over 20 years of economic development experience with business banking expertise. I know the challenges faced by nonprofit and for-profit businesses during this COVID-19 pandemic. We need to provide relief to our neighbors in need and small businesses. Access to information, capital, and credit should be increased through partnerships with community development organization and financial institutions. I will fight for:

  • Equitable economic and community development investments to make Montgomery County a more innovative place for startups and more competitive at attracting large employers.

  • Improved governmental processes that support business and community growth through expansion, development and transportation infrastructure growth.

  • Expanding housing at all income levels. 

  • Developing and retaining a skilled talent pipeline for businesses, including offering retraining opportunities through Montgomery College.

  • Building an ecosystem with access to information, availability of capital to help existing entrepreneurs succeed and attract new business investments.

  • Supporting key industry sectors that are critical to the County’s economy and quality of life, including restaurants, entertainment and hospitality.

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Health & Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us how interconnected we are as a community. Similarly, the rate of vaccinated residents proved that together we can accomplish great things. I continue to work with many community based organizations and health institutions to get funding in order to serve frontline workers and our neighbors in need. Since March 2020, I have conducted over 70 webinars, workshops, and information sessions on COVID-19 relief grants. As a result, I will fight to:

  • Strengthen access to primary health care for uninsured children, adults, and seniors.

  • Support the three Minority Health Programs in the County as they continue to improve the health outcomes for racial, ethnic and other under-served communities.

Environment justice demands that we take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact on communities, especially communities of color. I will fight to:

  • Implement the County's proposed climate action plan.

  • Build a sustainable, local food supply chain

  • Leverage the procurement power of the County's anchor institutions to drive our climate actions and local development goals. 

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