Fifteen years after being elected the first Latina to the Maryland General Assembly, Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez (D-Montgomery) considered her choices: run for reelection or “see what other options were available.”
Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, the first Latina ever elected to the Maryland General Assembly, has jumped into the race for Montgomery County Council.
Gutierrez, who is serving in her fourth term as a District 18 representative, filed paperwork Monday with the state elections board to run as a candidate in County Council District 1 using public campaign financing.
The seat is being vacated by Council President Roger Berliner, D, a candidate for county executive.
“My decision to run for the County Council in Montgomery County is really an incredible opportunity to continue to serve the residents of Montgomery County,” Gutierrez said in an interview. “The importance of being politically active and involved today – under the current administration and what I see as threats to our democratic principles – means now is not the time to retire and sit by the wayside.
“I think it’s going to take every one of us to become active every day and to make sure we are protecting all of the values that I thought were American and would be eternal and forever. The bottom line is when we don’t protect those values, our families suffer, our children suffer, our society suffers. That is what propelled me to make this decision. I am ready to jump in and continue the fight.”
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BRIEF BIOGRAPHIC PROFILE
Ana Sol-Gutiérrez made history as the first Latina to be elected in Maryland, as well as the First Salvadoran-American elected to public office in the USA (1990). She was also the first Hispanic state legislator to the Maryland House of Delegates elected in November 2002.
Ana was re-elected four times and is serving in her 16th year in Annapolis. She serves on the House Appropriations Committee and its Public Safety and Administration Sub-committee. She also co-chairs the Joint Committee of Management of Public Funds and the New American Caucus. She serves on Joint Committee for Children, Youth, and Families, and is VP of the MD Women’s Legislators Caucus. Previously, she was elected to the Montgomery County (MD) Board of Education, serving two 4-year terms from 1990-98.
This Fall ANA filed as a Democratic Candidate for Montgomery County Council, representing District 1. Ana is proudly participating in MoCo’s publicly financed campaign fund which encourages small donations from voters (max $150) and prohibits contributions by special interests, businesses, PACs, LLCs, and unions.
Professional Background: A chemist and computer systems engineer by profession, she was appointed in 1994 by President Clinton as the Deputy Administrator for Research and Special Programs (RSPA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has worked for over 30 years in information technology in the public and private sector with major IT
firms on government contracts at NASA, FAA, USDOT, Education, and State Departments. She is a recognized leader and role model for women in the fields of science & technology (STEM).
Recognitions: She has twice been recognized among the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the USA” by Hispanic Magazine, and named among Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2006 and 2010. She is a member of Board of Directors of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the Will/WAND Board of Directors, was VP for Public Policy for the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), and serves as a Trustee of Capitol University, an engineering university in Laurel, MD.
Latino Activism: In 1998, she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve as a Hispanic member on the U.S. Census Race and Ethnicity Advisory Committee (REAC). As a Latino community advocate, she served pro bono as President of the Board of CASA de Maryland, the largest non-profit organization working with low-incom
e and new immigrant Latino communities in Maryland. She is a founding member of the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Maryland Latino Legislative Caucus to advocate for Latinos in local and state politics. She worked to improve the health and welfare of poor Latino families as a Board member of La Clínica del Pueblo, a free health clinic serving Latinos in the Washington metro area.
Key Policy Issues: Her passion for Education Equity and her extensive experience with public policy at local, state, and national levels, have made her an effective, progressive leader in Annapolis. She will
continue to work to close the educational achievement gaps for Latino and African American students, to ensure fair, livable wages and paid sick leave for all working women and men, and to protect immigrant, civil, human, and women’s rights. She fought to pass the MD Dream Act and Marriage Equality, to protect access to MD Driver’s Licenses by residents regardless of immigration status, and fought to eliminate the death penalty. She passed legislation to strengthen gun safety laws, advocates for universal access to health care by all, and promotes expanding language access for English Language Learners and dual Language programs for all students in early grades.