Two more Democrats have recently filed to challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock in the 10th district in 2018. They are both products of Montgomery County Maryland.
Alison Kiehl Friedman, age 38, grew up in a very activist, very liberal, family in Takoma Park MD. (Is there any other kind of family in the “nuclear-free zone” of Takoma Park?) She has a degree from Stanford, worked for People for the American Way and Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA). She was executive director of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking. In 2009 she went to work at the State Department in their anti-trafficking office. She left there in 2015 and in April moved from DC to McLean.
Friedman was inspired to run when her child wrote a note to the President about love and not hate, even though she was afraid Trump would retaliate and “bring guns to her house”. Her bravery inspired her mother to run for Congress. (Someone should remind the family that it’s not nice to scare little children with lies about the President.) From the Washington Post:
“If my daughter is brave enough to write a note like that,” she said, “I do have the ability to do more, and what I’ve always loved doing is working on protecting the world’s most vulnerable.”
The other newly registered candidate running for the Democrat nomination to challenge Comstock in the 10th district is Deep Sran, age 45. He went to Montgomery County public schools, the University of Maryland for his undergraduate degree and Georgetown for a law degree. He later went back to Maryland for a Ph.D. in educational psychology followed by a stent as curriculum director at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School. He now lives in Ashburn where he has opened Loudoun School for the Gifted where he can experiment with various educational ideas because he “always felt like education was the way to make lasting social change.” (Isn’t that what schools have been doing for the last 40 years?)
More about these two new candidates here.
Learn more about the other five candidates vying for the Democrat nomination in the 10th district here.