Yesterday, Rockville City Councilmember Julie Palakovich Carr announced her candidacy for state delegate in District 17, which includes Gaithersburg and Rockville. Palakovich Carr will run in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2018.
“Now more than ever, we need progressive leadership in Annapolis,” said Palakovich Carr in a press release. “I’m going to fight for the values that people of Rockville and Gaithersburg hold dear: fairness, respect for diversity, and an open and honest government that helps people.”
“From safeguarding our children’s health from fracking and secondhand smoke to protecting law-abiding immigrants from deportation, I have a proven track record of working on behalf of the people in our communities to implement real progressive solutions.
As you may recall, Palakovich Carr was first elected to the Rockville City Council in 2013 and is currently serving her second term. Recently, she authored the Fostering Community Trust Act, which was enacted last month. Another big issue championed by Palakovich Carr was the successful initiative to ban smoke-free air in outdoor dining areas in Rockville. She’s also worked to protect local water quality, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and honor and celebrate the community’s diversity. It was her idea to hold the very effective Diversity Town Hall.
In 2016, Councilmember Palakovich Carr was recognized as a Leading Woman by the Annapolis Daily Record for her community involvement and professional accomplishments.
A scientist by training, Palakovich Carr has a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University. She and her husband, Eric, have a son. Prior to being elected to the City Council, Palakovich Carr served two terms on the city’s Environment Commission, chaired an advisory group on infrastructure and redevelopment, was vice chair of the City Services and Budget Working Group, and chaired the Watersheds Committee.