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Welcome to MoCo Local

Your stop for local politics, government news, and pizza reviews.

All politics is local.

— Former U.S. Rep. Tip O’Neill.

MoCo is at an important step in its existence and I’m excited to be a part of it. There are so many issues that need to be addressed and one of the ways that I process information is by talking it over with other folks, particularly people that have a greater understanding of what’s going on. I am not an expert on local politics, but I’ll talk to folks who are so that I (and hopefully you) can get a better understanding of what’s going on and how that impacts us.

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Introducing Jess

Hi, I’m Jess. I’ve lived in Montgomery County, MD for 4+ years with my spouse and our dog and cat. I’m a transplant from a small, rural town in Western New York state but I’ve lived in places all over the country, including Cleveland and San Diego. My story is similar to a lot of folks in the area who transplanted from other places. My spouse was offered a job in Washington D.C. so we chose to move to MoCo because it offered a unique combination of culture, access, and affordability.

I’ve always been interested in local politics. My grandfather was a local alderman (retired when I came around) and my uncle was both an alderman and a county legislator. Watching them work with the community inspired me to learn as much as I could about local government. I’ve worked on local political campaigns from a young age and in high school I worked as an intern in the county government.

I started MoCo Local so that I could talk to folks that are experts about what is going on in our community. I’m not an expert, but I still want to know what makes things tick and how I can be informed and involved.

Professionally, I’m a Data Analyst/Business Intelligence Analyst. Locally, I helped co-found Queer MoCo where we focus on building diverse, queer community and advocate for community needs. Additionally, I organize within the local queer community.