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August 2020


Dear Friends,
I hope you are able to find some time for a summer break. Our family made it to the sunflowers in the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area and we took a day trip to Delaware Seashore State Park, where a section of the beach had become a horseshoe crab graveyard, which led me to this incredible episode of Radiolab.



Thank you for your support in the primary election. This is my first time running for any office and when I started my campaign in January 2020, few thought that I would make it this far. You made the difference!

Now Election Day is less than three months away! After a few weeks of rest, we are back on the campaign trail for the At-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education.
This will be a sprint! Once again, I need your help to get to work for you, your children, and our communities. Please take a few minutes to read below why I believe I am the better candidate in this race and how you can help get us over the line on November 3. Below I have included links to the Absentee/Mail-in Ballot application and contact information for the campaign.


Thank you very much! I hope to see you all soon on Zoom or physically distanced in person.
Sunil

Why Sunil?

Even before the pandemic, our public schools needed a transformative member on the Board of Education. And now, as we work through and out of the pandemic, MCPS will need leaders who bring vision, creativity, academic management experience, and stakeholder partnerships.

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 spe
nding, 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. I am the better candidate in the BOE At-large race not just because I bring new ideas, but I will also:

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. 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 Can You Help?

Make a Campaign Contribution: We need new yard signs and money for campaign advertising to reach tens of thousands of homes. I depend on individual contributions from supporters like you. Please consider a donation.

Ask for an Absentee/Mail-in Ballot now: The official form asks for personal information and you will need to have your driver’s license in hand. If you need help filling in the ballot request, please email us at friends4sunil@gmail.com and we will set up a time to help you.

Introduce me to your Montgomery County friends and family: I need your help introducing me to your friends, family, and neighbors. You can let me know here or you can email them or text them with a copy to me (use friends4sunil@gmail.com, or 240-554-5923).

Invite your friends to a zoom call: It is easy. We do all the back-end work. You send out the invitations and we can even write text you can use. Please email: friends4sunil@gmail.com.

Volunteer your time/special skills: We need help with graphic design, photo/video, photo/video editing, or volunteer tracking, please sign up or email friends4sunil@gmail.com.

Display a yard sign: Ask for a sign if you need one or want a new one.
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)
  • YIMBY MoCo
  • Fair Access for Western Montgomery
  • 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
Website/Donation: sunildasgupta.com
Twitter: @sunildasgupta4
Facebook: @SunilforSchoolBoard Instagram: @sunildasgupta4
Email: friends4sunil@gmail.com Phone: 240-554-5923
Authority: Friends 4 Sunil Dasgupta
Treasurer: Crystal Calarusse
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