2018 General Election Endorsements

Prince George's County Muslim Council

Endorses Ben Jealous for Governor

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Announces other Candidates for Statewide and Countywide Offices

 

 

 

Early voting began in Maryland on October 25, 2018 and will continue through November 1, 2018*. The Muslim community has an opportunity to affect the outcome of this election for the betterment of our community, Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland.

PGCMC has been engaging with candidates for state and county offices for the past year. The following are our endorsements for state-wide and county-wide offices.  For local office recommendations send an email to info@pgcmc.org.

GOVERNOR – Ben Jealous

COMPTROLLER - Peter Franchot

ATTORNEY GENERAL - Brian Frosh

COUNTY EXECUTIVE - Angela Alsbrooks

STATE’S ATTORNEY – Aisha Braveboy

COUNTY COUNCIL AT LARGE – Calvin Hawkins And Mel Franklin

SHERIFF – Melvin High

CLERK OF THE COURT – Mahasin El-Amin

UNITED STATES SENATE – Benjamin Cardin

CONGRESS DISTRICT 4 - Anthony Brown

CONGRESS DISTRICT 5 - Steny Hoyer

*Unregistered voters that are otherwise eligible to register (U.S. citizen, 18 or over, who resides in Maryland) may register and vote during early voting.


Ballot Questions

Statewide Questions

Question 1
Non-Technical Summary (PDF)
Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 357 of the 2018 Legislative Session) 
Requiring Commercial Gaming Revenues that are for Public Education to Supplement Spending for Education in Public Schools

The amendment requires the Governor to include in the annual State Budget, as supplemental funding for prekindergarten through grade 12 in public schools, the revenues from video lottery operation licenses and any other commercial gaming dedicated to public education in an amount above the level of State funding for education in public schools provided by the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act of 2002 (otherwise known as the Thornton legislation) in not less than the following amounts: $125 million in fiscal year 2020; $250 million in fiscal year 2021; $375 million in fiscal year 2022; and 100% of commercial gaming revenues dedicated to public education in fiscal year 2023 and each fiscal year thereafter. The amendment also requires the Governor to show in the annual budget how the revenues from video lottery operation licenses and other commercial gaming are being used in a manner that is in addition to the level of State funding for public education provided by the funding formulas established by the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act. The State Constitution currently authorizes video lottery operation licenses for the primary purpose of raising money for public education.

(Amending Article XIX, Section 1(c)(1) and (g), and adding Section 1(f) to the Maryland Constitution)

For the Constitutional Amendment


Question 2
Non-Technical Summary (PDF)
Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 855 of the 2018 Legislative Session) 
Same-Day Registration and Voting at the Precinct Polling Place on Election Day

Authorizes the General Assembly to enact legislation to allow a qualified individual to register and vote at a precinct polling place on Election Day. The current law requires voter registration to close before Election Day.

(Amending Article I, Sections 1 and 2, and adding Section 2A to the Maryland Constitution)

For the Constitutional Amendment


Prince George's County

Question A

Charter Referendum 
(CB-30-2018) 
Public Works and Transportation Facilities Bonds

AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $148,287,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of Public Works and Transportation Facilities (including roads and bridges, parking lots, and maintenance facilities), as defined therein.

For the Charter Referendum 


Question B


Charter Referendum 
(CB-31-2018) 
Library Facilities Bonds

AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $16,796,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of Library Facilities, as defined therein.

For the Charter Referendum 

Question C

Charter Referendum 
(CB-32-2018) 
Public Safety Facilities Bonds

AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $56,053,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of Public Safety Facilities (including Fire Department Facilities), as defined therein. 

For the Charter Referendum 

Question D

Charter Referendum 
(CB-33-2018)
County Buildings Bond

AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $97,564,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of County Buildings, as defined therein.

For the Charter Referendum 

Question E

Charter Referendum 
(CB-34-2018) 
Community College Facilities Bonds

AN ACT enabling the County to borrow money and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $81,187,000 to finance the design, construction, reconstruction, extension, acquisition, improvement, enlargement, alteration, renovation, relocation, rehabilitation or repair of Community College Facilities, as defined therein.

For the Charter Referendum 

Question F

Charter Amendment
(CB-35-2018) (DR-2)
Council Member Residency Requirement

To provide a one-year residency requirement for Council Members and at-large Council Members, to provide that an at-large Council Member shall have been a qualified voter of Prince George’s County for at least one year immediately preceding his or her primary election, and to provide that Council Members representing one of the nine Council districts shall have been a qualified voter of their respective Council district for at least one year immediately preceding his or her primary election.

For the Charter Amendment

Question G

Charter Amendment
(CB-36-2018)
Nondiscrimination - County Personnel and Contracting

To provide an individual right to nondiscrimination, to provide for nondiscrimination in employment of a contractor doing business with the County, and to provide for nondiscrimination in the County personnel system all based on marital status, familial status, disability, age and sexual orientation.

For the Charter Amendment

Question H

Charter Amendment
(CB-38-2018)
County Council Member Full-Time Position

To provide that membership on the Council shall be considered a full-time position for the purpose of determining compensation. 

For the Charter Amendment

Question I

Charter Amendment
(CB-39-2018)
County Auditor - Appointment, Responsibilities and Authority

To provide that the County Auditor be appointed and serve a five-year term, which may be renewed for additional five-year terms, subject to removal for cause, to remain until a successor is appointed and qualifies, to provide that selected agencies that receive or disburse County funds will receive a complete financial audit for the preceding fiscal year; and to provide that the County Auditor be empowered to conduct investigations related to fraud, waste and abuse by the County Executive, Council Members or other County officials and employees. 

Against the Charter Amendment

Question J

Charter Amendment
(CB-40-2018)
County Personnel - Temporary Appointment

To provide that an individual may be temporarily appointed to fill a vacancy, no more than one year, without an intervening permanent appointment.

For the Charter Amendment

Question K

Charter Amendment
(CB-41-2018)
Charter Review Commission - Length of Term

To provide for the establishment of a Charter Review Commission, not later than one year prior to the beginning of each fourth year of a term, for the purpose of undertaking a comprehensive study of the Charter and to provide that the Charter Review Commission shall commence its work at the discretion of the Chair of the Commission.

For the Charter Amendment

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commented 2018-11-06 10:04:31 -0500 · Flag
Response to J Ashkar’s question:

Thank you for asking the question. PGCMC supports the Quran and sunnah in all things. At this time the state and county do not have a funding mechanism for government projects that meets the Shariah standards. The alternative to not issuing general obligation bonds is not a shariah compliant financing at this time. It is crumbling schools, unfunded libraries, torn up roads, etc. So until an alternative financing method is developed the government needs to be able to borrow. However, PGCMC proposed to the State legislature last session the development of a sukuk bond for revenue generating projects. It has been followed up by a State Delegate who recently arranged a meeting with the State Treasurer’s office to further investigate the development of such a bond.

Look out for further information as the process moves forward.
commented 2018-11-06 08:43:54 -0500 · Flag
How can the muslim council of Maryland vote in favor of taking interest based loans for projects? Isn’t that haram?

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