State Assembly Delegate, District 20 – Justin Chappel

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Justin Chappell.

1) Tell us about yourself.

As a gay man with a disability from a racially diverse family, Justin Chappell knows words matter. Words are powerful. Justin also knows actions speak louder than words.

This election is about priorities, experience with real results, and real solutions to create opportunity for all. Justin’s priorities are based on 15 years of experience with real results working on economic, education, and environmental issues at the local, state, and federal level.

Justin fights for our most vulnerable citizens, bringing together experience serving as a civic association president, working for AFSCME MD and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, owning a small business helping local non-profits, and currently serving as vice-chair of a national organization helping youth transition from school to work.

Justin believes experience matters, that issues are more than a bumper sticker.

2) What do you hope to accomplish in office?

Justin’s real plan includes investing in green jobs, affordable long-term care options for seniors, preventing eldercare abuse, affordable college and career training, living wages and family medical leave for all, school construction funding and fully funding public transit.

As a civic association leader and case manager for low-income families, Justin Chappell learned the importance of direct service and is committed to great constituent service.

Justin Chappell’s success as a legislator will be measured by providing great constituent service while passing legislation that strengthens our community- including our most vulnerable citizens.

Justin’s mission is to end the revolving door of poverty and inequality; to end the revolving door of crime; to ensure education excellence for all; and, to end our forced reliance on dirty energy and unreliable utilities.

3) What would you say your biggest accomplishment has been so far? What does that say about your priorities as delegate?

Every single day Justin Chappell works with low income families at a Silver Spring non-profit to help them develop step-by-step plans to achieve their goals. Justin reviews their resources and expenses, as well as tactics that have and have not been effective toward achieving their goal.  As a legislator, Justin Chappell’s priorities are great constituent service, championing the voiceless and marginalized in society, and using his experience as a professional community organizer and problem solver to pass legislation that really works to benefit our entire community.

4) Many of you have fought for political causes outside of the assembly. What could you accomplish as a delegate that you couldn’t accomplish as an advocate?

Justin Chappell’s top priority is championing the voiceless and marginalized in our community regardless of age, sexual orientation, income, disability, gender, religion, immigration status, race or ethnicity.

Justin will use his experience and progressive values to ensure our most vulnerable citizens have a powerful voice in Annapolis, and a seat at the table, prioritizing them over the special interest who have too much unbalanced influence.  It’s time for action on the most critical issues facing our most vulnerable citizens.

5) What distinguishes you from the other candidates?

Justin Chappell brings together experience working on both economic, education, and environmental issues at a local, state, and federal level.

Justin has experience with real results as both a civic association leader, public policy analyst for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, small business owner helping local non-profits, case manager for low-income families, as a community organizer and vice-chair of a national organization helping youth transition from school to work.

Justin will use his experience as a case manager for low income families to deliver great constituent service as a legislator and champion the voiceless and marginalized in our community.

Justin is one of the few candidates in this election who continues to be consistently opposed to fracking, and he has real solutions that will create opportunity for all.

6) What is the top issue (or one of the top issues) facing the District and how do you propose to deal with it?

Our community needs responsible economic growth that also ends our reliance on dirty energy and unreliable utilities.  Justin Chappell is committed to investing in green jobs, supporting an innovation economy that builds green job and tech job incubators in Montgomery County, requiring that new construction be energy efficient, and ensuring Purple Line construction creates local jobs and moves cars off our roads.

7) What are the top issues facing the Assembly and how do you propose to deal with it?

Justin Chappell’s mission is to end the revolving door of poverty and inequality, prioritizing the needs of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.

Justin is committed to passing a living wage indexed to inflation, paid sick and family medical leave for our workers, bringing District 20 our fair share of school construction money to reduce class size, expanding Medicaid eligibility for our seniors and people with disabilities, as well as giving ex-offenders a second chance to contribute to society.

Justin strongly believes the ability to earn a living wage is a civil rights/ economic justice issue which should keep pace with sound economic principles like increasing consumer prices. He also knows that more than 50% of bankruptcies are related to illness, and that access to education excellence is a key enabler for upward economic mobility.

8) Please list endorsements:

Our campaign has built grassroots support among LGBT community leaders, disability community, seniors, low income families and those Justin has worked with on economic, education, and environmental issues at the local, state, and federal level. Justin Chappell has personally door knocked several thousand doors, and our campaign is about Justin’s personal commitment made to each individual in our community- not endorsements.

9) Please supply links, and contact info.

Website: www.JustinChappell.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/justin.w.chappell
Twitter: @justinwchappell
Cell Phone: 301-802-7720
Email: JustinChappell@me.com

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