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Dear Friends,

Seventeen days to November 3! And nine days to the start of early voting.

It is now time to organize our presence at early voting and election day sites. If you can take a shift to wave a campaign sign for an hour or two, please sign up here.

This is home stretch. Please send a quick email to your friends, family, and neighbors, if have not  already. October 20 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot (link below).

Thank you so much for your support and your investment in a candidate who will fight to make our public schools stronger for years to come.

All best,
Chris Wilhelm

High school teacher and campaign manager
PS: Scroll down for other ways to help! Donate

Check out campaign videos you can share.
Silver Chips, the Blair High School student newspaper, published columns from both BOE at-large candidates. Sunil is committed to reopening schools safely and decided to address five myths around reopening, highlighting the importance of planning first.

One small typo in Myth #4, What we must do: "Imagine how much better things might be if educators HAD help, support, and training." Other questions? Check out and send Sunil an email.

Why Sunil?

MCPS needs leaders who bring vision, creativity, academic management experience, and stakeholder partnerships as it tries to meet some big challenges in the months and years ahead.

I have developed
clear, realistic, and achievable plans on very difficult issues such as the boundary study, mental health support for students and staff, capital spending, climate change action, special education, and re-opening schools, and from the first day on the job, I will be there to support your students, your teachers, your staff, your school administrators, and you.

Reassert the BOE's leadership role: I am the only candidate who has spent 20 years in the classroom and over a decade in academic planning and management and have taught online for seven years. I can and will work with other Board members and use my academic background to engage with MCPS staff to make clear, data-driven, and transparent decisions that renew and strengthen public education in the county.

Be that independent voice: The system needs to be challenged in constructive ways and I know how to transform without disrupting. From equity and academic performance to student welfare and labor relations, I am and will be an independent voice on behalf of students and families, and it is my hope to continue to build and engage a coalition that includes all parts of Montgomery County.

Ensure teachers and staff have the support they need to continue to educate our children: We need to make better use of our educators, teachers, and staff. I will push to reestablish collaborative decision-making that worked well for MCPS in past years. On key questions like how to fix distance learning, I know what needs to be done because I have spent years teaching online. This is why I have been endorsed with the Apple Ballot by the Montgomery County Education Association (the county teacher’s union), SEIU Local 500 (our support staff union), and the MCPS Retirees Association.

Bring diversity of thought and experience: As a first-generation immigrant, I will bring to the Board my experience managing diversity and overcoming discrimination. One-third of the county's population is foreign-born, and while our Student Members of the Board have been wonderfully diverse, we have elected just one Asian-American non-student member in the BOE's nearly 140-year history. If elected, I will be the second. Further, I represent a broad coalition of supporters from Takoma Park to Poolesville and from Bethesda to Germantown and I have been endorsed by CASA in Action, Maryland’s largest Latinx advocacy group, and Progressive Maryland, which has been one of the biggest defenders of equity in our state.

How You Can Help

Sign up to wave a sign at polling stations during early voting or on election day!
Make a campaign contribution
Make calls with us
Request a campaign yard sign
Share campaign videos

Ask for an Mail-in Ballot through 10/20: The official form asks for personal information and you will need to have your driver’s license in hand.
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Sunil is endorsed by:
  • Montgomery County Education Association (the county teacher's union). Yes, the Apple Ballot.
  • SEIU500 Local (representing MCPS staff)
  • MCPS Retirees Association
  • CASA in Action
  • Progressive Maryland
  • The Coalition of Asian Pacific Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD)
  • Takoma Park Mobilization Equal Justice Committee
  • Progressive Neighbors
  • YIMBY MoCo
  • Fair Access for Western Montgomery
  • United We Dream Action
  • Jud Ashman, Mayor of Gaithersburg
  • Sidney Katz, Montgomery County Council President
  • Eric Luedtke, Maryland House Majority Leader
  • Aruna Miller, Former Delegate, Maryland General Assembly
  • Mark Pierzchala, Rockville City Council Member
  • Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Councilmember
  • Jeffrey Slavin, Somerset Mayor
  • Susan Turnbull, Former Maryland Lt. Governor candidate

Sunil Dasgupta, Ph.D (he/him/his)
Candidate for Montgomery County Board of Education At-Large
Twitter: @sunildasgupta4
Facebook: @SunilforSchoolBoard Instagram: @sunildasgupta4
Email: Phone: 240-554-5923
Authority: Friends 4 Sunil Dasgupta
Treasurer: Crystal Calarusse
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