We are a county of extremely talented, entrepreneurial and hardworking people. However, in the area of public service, we have not had many successful individuals. In fact, we have had very poor political leadership. That’s why we are ranked towards the bottom in education and on the top when it comes to crime and foreclosures in the state of Maryland. We have a very close knit political system led by a few political leaders on the top and some interest groups, who have a disproportionate amount of influence in determining candidates.
In 2012, our state senators stacked up the school board with their candidates and 7 out of 9 of them had no college degrees.
That same year, three high school graduates challenged the incumbent board members and won the primaries with big margins. Two of them lost closely due to the myopic political leadership all the way from the County Executive down to every level. We ended up with 4 college graduates in November 2012:
In 2013, the County Executive took over the school board and appointed 3 members. One member was appointed by the county council. Although our County Executive talks about transparency, the names of the applicants were never openly shared.
In 2016, we elected two dynamic school board members who were are not beholden to any special interest or any political leader.
Often, the most talented, caring, and competent individuals are hesitant to get their names on the ballot because they are not given an opportunity by establishment politics, who are afraid to have smart Delegates. They are afraid to be challenged in the future. Because of this lack of support and nurturing, we have not been able to have a good pipeline of public servants.
We (www.pgCampaigns.com) would like to help all good candidates particularly those who are not afraid to ask tough questions and are not beholden to power brokers.
Shukoor Ahmed migrated to the United States in 1988 and made Prince George’s county his home. He lived in Hyattsville for 4 years and then moved to Bowie in 1992. He has done incredible things in the county and is passionate to help bright candidates. He ran several times for the House of Delegates and was unsuccessful. However, these experiences have made him, an encyclopedia of county politics and a good political strategist. He has volunteered his time and energy in helping over 3 dozen candidates. He is a technology entrepreneur and is the CEO of (www.v-empower.com). His expertise are in the following areas:
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