Meet George

George is running for the Maryland House of Delegates to change the way government works for Silver Spring and Takoma Park and for the betterment of all Marylanders. His record of public service, community organizing, and practicing law have prepared him to serve. Born into a family made from steel and auto workers in Youngstown, Ohio, George’s parents instilled the value of hard work in him at an early age. He is most grateful that his parents will celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary this coming June, the day before the June 26 Maryland Primary.

George earned his B.A. from Youngstown State University, M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He currently practices law in Maryland. During high school and college, he served organizations like People to People International, the NAACP chapter at Youngstown State, and the College Democrats. Democratic politics have been in his blood for years. George served as president of the Baltimore City Young Democrats and political director for the Maryland Young Democrats over a decade ago.  He jump-started the Case Western Law School Democrats during the 2008 presidential election cycle as well. He volunteered for his first campaign in Maryland on Governor Martin O’Malley’s first Gubernatorial election and later fundraised with the Governor for the 2012 Marriage Equality campaign. A fierce advocate of civil and LGBTQ rights, George forever focuses on organizing communities in order to create safer environments for people to be themselves regardless of background. He started the Washington, DC area’s first LGBTQ billiards League, Stonewall Billiards, which includes members from District 20.

He also served Montgomery County and District 20 residents within other local organizations. As the legal representative for the Montgomery County Mental Health Association, George advocated for and continues to advocate for increased access to mental health services. A former employee of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, George trained local leaders on how to recognize signs of child sexual abuse. He utilized this experience and served on the Montgomery County Children’s Panel to develop housing ideas for foster youth entering adulthood. His passion for helping and mentoring young people in need of assistance to battle personal struggles is one of many reasons why he is seeking public office. The willingness to tackle sensitive issues like gun violence stemming from past personal experiences is equally as motivating.

A lover of languages, George enjoys studying Spanish, Russian, and German in his spare time. He loves to write, listen to NPR and live music, watch Saturday Night Live, and cook for family and friends. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing billiards as often as possible. Please join him on his campaign to achieve Social & Economic Justice, Cultural Awareness, and Environmental protection for District 20 and all Marylanders alike.