Who represents us?
Though the majority of the Long Branch Sector falls within the jurisdiction of Montgomery County, a small portion of the business and commercial zone falls within the City of Takoma Park's jurisdiction. Additionally, Takoma Park has control over Flower Avenue - one of the major thoroughfares for members of the Long Branch community.
Montgomery County - District 5 Councilmember
Councilmember Tom Hucker was elected to the Montgomery County Council in November of 2014 representing the Council’s 5th District. Tom now serves on the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment Committee, as well as on the Public Safety Committee. He also serves as the Council’s Lead Member on the Environment.
Tom’s entire career has focused on helping people make government more responsive and effective — first as a community organizer and environmental advocate, as founder of Progressive Maryland, for two terms representing District 20 in the Maryland General Assembly from 2006 to 2014. He serves as a board member of the Progressive States Network, and a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Takoma Park -
Ward 5 Councilmember
Raised as an “Army brat”, Jarrett Smith moved to the Washington area to attend Howard University. He has lived in Takoma Park since 2004 and currently works in commercial real estate. Most days he can be found walking through Sligo Creek Park or on Flower Avenue on his way to and from the Metro (or on the #12 Ride On).
Prior to joining the Council in 2012, Smith served on the Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA) and the Washington Adventist Hospital Land-Use Committee (WAHLUC). He has also volunteered for Accion USA, the largest micro-lender in North America, working with local organizations to assist small, local businesses. He feels lucky to live in a community with walkable streets, natural beauty and great diversity.
The Montgomery County Planning Department:
- Plans great residential and commercial communities that are livable, walkable, accessible and sustainable.
- Balances infrastructure and growth as the County population increases and unconstrained land for development decreases.
- Stewards the County’s natural resources and manage sustainable growth that:
- Improves environmental quality by protecting waterways and the natural and built environment.
- Preserves green space for current and future generations.
- Offers holistic, well-researched planning recommendations and enable data-based planning decisions.