Andrea Fletcher Harrison

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Running for House of Delegates, Maryland, District 24 (2018)

Biography

Andrea C. Harrison (D - District 5) - was elected to represent the 5th Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County. Constituent areas include Bladensburg, Cheverly, Colmar Manor, Cottage City,​ Edmonston, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden​, Landover, portions of Lanham, ​Mitchellville, and portions of unincorporated Bowie and Hyattsville.

Elections
In 2008, she won a special election to the Council and served for 2 years; she was re-elected to her first full term of office in 2010. Recognizing her effective and unique leadership ability, she was chosen by her Council colleagues to serve as Chair for the 2012 and 2013 Legislative Years. She also served as Vice-Chair for Legislative Year 2010.

Council Member Harrison, was the first woman elected to represent District 5 on the County Council, occupies the seat once held by her late father, the Honorable James C. Fletcher, Jr. Along with her duties as Chair, she is a voting member of the Council Committees on Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED), Health, Education and Human Services (HEHS) and the Rules and General Assembly (RGA).

Background & Experience
Council Member Harrison represented the Prince George’s County Council’s regional interest as the former Chair and member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). She was appointed to Dimension Healthcare System Board; and Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Prince George’s; Leadership Greater Washington; a graduate of the Academy of Excellence in Governance at the Institute of Governmental Service of the University of Maryland; Board Member of the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO); and immediate past President of the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO)

Resident
A lifelong resident of District 5 in Prince George’s County, Council Member Harrison served the residents of the County for more than 15 years as a community activist. She attended Prince George’s Community College, earning an Associate degree in Micro Computer Systems and later earned her Undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Bowie State University. She is the proud recipient of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2011 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Award for her strong support of the work of the nonprofit community, public policy accomplishments, and interest in increasing nonprofit dialogue throughout her term.

Council Member Harrison lives in Springdale with her husband Charles, and is the proud mom of Eric, Christian and Nikita Adams.

Election Dates

Early voting is June 14-21. General election is June 26, 2018.

Source: Andrea Harrison.org

Priorities

Economic Development

I have spent many years working in areas of land use and economic development on the County Council, as a staff member and community activist. I have proposed and/or sponsored nearly 800 pieces of legislation that have expanded the capacity of Prince George’s County including several sector plans and sectional map amendments; development districts to include the Woodmore Towne Centers at Glenarden; increased minimum wage; and several tax credit programs which provided resources for senior housing developments.  I will utilize that experience and knowledge of county operations, as well as knowledge of the development process, to leverage State economic development resources in partnership with the County to increase development opportunities.  This increases our commercial tax base to alleviate some of the residential tax burdens on our residents.

Healthcare

During my tenure on the County Council, I have served on the Health, Education and Human Services committee, as well as the representative to the Dimensions Healthcare System.  I have sponsored legislation in support of affordable prescription drugs; patient protection and the Affordable Care Act; healthy vending in public buildings; permitting the use mental health and behavior services programs in private schools.  Most importantly, I was intimately involved in the transition of the Dimensions Healthcare System to the University of Maryland Medical System and the building of a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County - now titled University of Maryland Capital Region Health.

In these uncertain times, we must do everything we can to protect access to affordable health care and prescription coverage.  For too many citizens, affordable healthcare is a challenge-- whether they are employed, unemployed or underemployed.  Sometimes good healthcare is out of reach and, if a crisis occurs, the cost of service often financially breaks a home.  Further, the continued increase of prescription drugs often makes it more difficult to recover simply because the cost of medication is prohibitive.  I will work with my colleagues in the legislature and insurance providers to develop common sense policies.

Schools

Schools are the lifeline in any community, and our children certainly deserve the best.  Further, sixty-five percent of the County’s budget goes to our public school system, with over $1 billion of those dollars coming from the State.  While there is always a need to increase the funding to our public school system, from 2010-2018 we have increased the school system budget by more than $150 million.  However, we must ensure accountability of our teachers, administrators, school leadership and, most importantly, our tax dollars.  We (State leadership, County Government and all school system employees) must all work in partnership to provide the best educational opportunities for our children and local education system.  I will work in partnership with all parties involved to lift our system.

Source: Andrea Harrison.org

Andrea Fletcher Harrison, Willoughby Avenue, The Five Fifths, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, African American Politics, Black in Politics

Running for House of Delegates, Maryland, District 24 (2018)

Andrea Fletcher Harrison, Willoughby Avenue, The Five Fifths, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, African American Politics, Black in Politics

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Office
Running for House of Delegates, Maryland, District 24 (2018)

Biography

Andrea C. Harrison (D - District 5) - was elected to represent the 5th Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County. Constituent areas include Bladensburg, Cheverly, Colmar Manor, Cottage City,​ Edmonston, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden​, Landover, portions of Lanham, ​Mitchellville, and portions of unincorporated Bowie and Hyattsville.

Elections
In 2008, she won a special election to the Council and served for 2 years; she was re-elected to her first full term of office in 2010. Recognizing her effective and unique leadership ability, she was chosen by her Council colleagues to serve as Chair for the 2012 and 2013 Legislative Years. She also served as Vice-Chair for Legislative Year 2010.

Council Member Harrison, was the first woman elected to represent District 5 on the County Council, occupies the seat once held by her late father, the Honorable James C. Fletcher, Jr. Along with her duties as Chair, she is a voting member of the Council Committees on Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED), Health, Education and Human Services (HEHS) and the Rules and General Assembly (RGA).

Background & Experience
Council Member Harrison represented the Prince George’s County Council’s regional interest as the former Chair and member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). She was appointed to Dimension Healthcare System Board; and Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Prince George’s; Leadership Greater Washington; a graduate of the Academy of Excellence in Governance at the Institute of Governmental Service of the University of Maryland; Board Member of the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO); and immediate past President of the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO)

Resident
A lifelong resident of District 5 in Prince George’s County, Council Member Harrison served the residents of the County for more than 15 years as a community activist. She attended Prince George’s Community College, earning an Associate degree in Micro Computer Systems and later earned her Undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Bowie State University. She is the proud recipient of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2011 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Award for her strong support of the work of the nonprofit community, public policy accomplishments, and interest in increasing nonprofit dialogue throughout her term.

Council Member Harrison lives in Springdale with her husband Charles, and is the proud mom of Eric, Christian and Nikita Adams.

Election Dates

Early voting is June 14-21. General election is June 26, 2018.

Source: Andrea Harrison.org

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Priorities

Economic Development

I have spent many years working in areas of land use and economic development on the County Council, as a staff member and community activist. I have proposed and/or sponsored nearly 800 pieces of legislation that have expanded the capacity of Prince George’s County including several sector plans and sectional map amendments; development districts to include the Woodmore Towne Centers at Glenarden; increased minimum wage; and several tax credit programs which provided resources for senior housing developments.  I will utilize that experience and knowledge of county operations, as well as knowledge of the development process, to leverage State economic development resources in partnership with the County to increase development opportunities.  This increases our commercial tax base to alleviate some of the residential tax burdens on our residents.  Source: Andrea Harrison.org

Healthcare

During my tenure on the County Council, I have served on the Health, Education and Human Services committee, as well as the representative to the Dimensions Healthcare System.  I have sponsored legislation in support of affordable prescription drugs; patient protection and the Affordable Care Act; healthy vending in public buildings; permitting the use mental health and behavior services programs in private schools.  Most importantly, I was intimately involved in the transition of the Dimensions Healthcare System to the University of Maryland Medical System and the building of a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County – now titled University of Maryland Capital Region Health.

In these uncertain times, we must do everything we can to protect access to affordable health care and prescription coverage.  For too many citizens, affordable healthcare is a challenge– whether they are employed, unemployed or underemployed.  Sometimes good healthcare is out of reach and, if a crisis occurs, the cost of service often financially breaks a home.  Further, the continued increase of prescription drugs often makes it more difficult to recover simply because the cost of medication is prohibitive.  I will work with my colleagues in the legislature and insurance providers to develop common sense policies.  Source: Andrea Harrison.org

Schools

Schools are the lifeline in any community, and our children certainly deserve the best.  Further, sixty-five percent of the County’s budget goes to our public school system, with over $1 billion of those dollars coming from the State.  While there is always a need to increase the funding to our public school system, from 2010-2018 we have increased the school system budget by more than $150 million.  However, we must ensure accountability of our teachers, administrators, school leadership and, most importantly, our tax dollars.  We (State leadership, County Government and all school system employees) must all work in partnership to provide the best educational opportunities for our children and local education system.  I will work in partnership with all parties involved to lift our system.   Source: Andrea Harrison.org

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