Lorna Phillips Forde Announces Candidacy for County Council, District 2

Lorna Phillips Forde announced her candidacy for Montgomery County Council, District 2 on March 2.  She has previously served on the Board of Directors at the Manna Food Center as the Chair of the Advocacy Task Force, as well as served as the president of the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Press release from Lorna Phillips Forde for County Council:

Germantown, MD – Lorna Phillips Forde, a small-business owner & 35-year resident of Germantown, MD today announced that she will run for Montgomery County Council, District 2, in the 2022 election. District 2 includes Barnesville, Beallsville, Boyds, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Dickerson, Germantown, North Potomac and Poolesville.

“As a 35-year resident of Germantown, I have spent years advocating for equitable policies and legislation that aim to provide residents across all walks of life an opportunity to thrive,” Forde said. I raised two daughters here and own a small business, too. It’s important to me that Upcounty residents have representation on the Council that is reflective of our fast growing district’s diversity.”

Forde is committed to advancing social, racial, and economic equity for all. She has worked diligently in a wide array of community organizations creating solutions to meet community needs, including serving on the Board of Directors at the Manna Food Center where she was the former Chair of the Advocacy Task Force, advocating for policy and legislation that improves the quality of and access to food for vulnerable residents. She and fellow board members successfully advocated for the extension of SNAP benefits, which were crucial during the COVID pandemic. Forde is also a strong advocate for sensible gun legislation and recently received Moms Demand Action’s 2022 Gun Sense Candidate Distinction. She possesses extensive experience advocating for equitable policy and legislation for women, including serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Commission for Women and former Chair of the Montgomery County Commission for Women.

Forde served as the president of the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., receiving the Montgomery Serves Award, the County’s highest honor for group volunteerism, during her tenure. As Delta’s former Social Action Coordinator for the state, she coordinated legislative events attended by local, state and federal elected officials to advocate for many issues. The power of her organization successfully advocated for the elimination of the sale of flavored tobacco products which negatively impact the health and well-being of youth.

Forde received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Virginia State University, an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh, and certifications in Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and Contract Law from Harvard University.

To learn more, visit lornaforde4countycouncil.com or call 240-801-6341.

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Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

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Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

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Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

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Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



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