My name is Deni Taveras and I am running for re-election for County Council in District 2.  I have lived here for over ten years and have grown to deeply care for district residents.  I am running for re-election because we deserve better public schools, safer, cleaner streets and sustainable economic development.  These are the things I commit to fighting for on your behalf.  Let me tell you a little about my story and how arrived at this decision to run.

I am running for re-election because we deserve better public schools, safer, cleaner streets and sustainable economic development.

Humble Beginnings, Bold Dreams

I was born and raised in Harlem, New York. From humble immigrant beginnings, my parents immigrated to New York, where they met.  My mother was employed as a factory worker and my dad worked as a taxi driver.  After losing my mom at the age of four, and my dad, who was murdered when I was eight, I was raised by my maternal grandmother. 

My grandmother, who had a first-grade education, taught me the value of hard work and persistence.  All she could do was send me to public schools from K-12.  I was blessed to have her until my junior year in college.

I understand firsthand the struggles of those with limited financial resources and limited language skills.  I saw how my grandmother struggled to make ends meet sewing piece work.  My escape from our daily struggles was reading and attending school.  I read as many books as I could and worked hard in school.  I knew my grandmother could not afford to send me to college, so a scholarship was my only route.

Believes Everyone Deserves a Quality Education

I earned a BA from Barnard College and an MS from the University of Utah, both in the field of chemistry. I subsequently went to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under former administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, who recommended that I attend Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton University, I earned a dual master’s degree in public affairs and urban regional planning, with a certificate in science, technology, and environmental policy. After Princeton, I moved to the District of Columbia before settling in Adelphi where I believed my skills were needed most.

A Fighter for all Communities

Over the past ten years, I have been a strong pro-social justice and pro-choice advocate while seeking to improve the lives of working families and those in urban communities.  I have fought for environmental justice, served in response to Hurricane Katrina, developed re-entry program strategies for formerly incarcerated individuals, and worked on a multitude of issues including the Dream Act Referendum.  Along the way, I have built strong coalitions and alliances within and outside of my community. 

Along the way, I have built strong coalitions and alliances within and outside of my community. I am a person of action.

I am a person of action.  As president of my homeowner's association at Presidential Park, I quintupled reserves, reduced delinquency rates, and improved public safety standards, which have contributed to increased property values.  As a community leader, I have also taught at a local juvenile detention center and served the future leaders of our state as an instructor at the University of Maryland, College Park.  I am committed to bringing my skills and experience to the County Council to make a better Prince George's County for all.

If you share my vision that you deserve better public schools, safer, cleaner streets and increased sustainable economic development, I humbly ask for your continued support.

 

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