Endorsements

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Montgomery County Education Association

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Will Smith

Senator,  Maryland District 20

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Emily K. Shetty

Delegate,  Maryland District 18

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Eric Luedtke

Delegate, Maryland District 14

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Mike Durso

Former Montgomery County Board of Education member

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Neil Harris

Vice President of Gaithersburg City Council

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Gregory Wims

President of Victims' Rights Foundation

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Brian Feldman

Senator, Maryland District 15

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Kirill Reznik

Delegate,  Maryland District 39

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Lily Qi

Delegate, Maryland District 15

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Sidney Katz

Montgomery County Council District 3

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Jud Ashman

Mayor of Gaithersburg

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Lisa Henderson

Member, Gaithersburg City Council

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Susan C. Lee

Senator,  Maryland District 16

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Jheanelle Wilkins

Delegate,  Maryland District 20

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Linda Foley

Delegate, Maryland District 15

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Judy Docca

Current Board of Education member

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Bridget Newton

Mayor of Rockville

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Ryan Spiegel

Member, Gaithersburg City Council

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Cheryl Kagan

Senator,  Maryland District 17

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Vaughn Stewart III

Delegate,  Maryland District 19

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David V. Fraser-Hidalgo

Delegate, Maryland District 15

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Alan Cheung

Former Montgomery County Board of Education member

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Jeffrey Slavin

Mayor of Somerset

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Jim McNulty

Member, Gaithersburg City Council

Testimonials

Will Smith
Senator, Maryland District 20

"I am proud to stand behind Julie's candidacy for Board of Education. An educator and a dedicated public servant, Julie will represent us with vision and vigor. "

Cheryl Kagan
Senator, Maryland District 17

"Julie Yang would be a welcome addition to the Board. Her classroom experience combined with a willingness to analyze and ask challenging questions will mean more thoughtful education and fiscal policy."

Brian Feldman
Senator, Maryland District 15

"Julie Yang is the right person to lead our students and parents into a brighter future. She has devoted most of her years of in-school experience to helping the community right here in Montgomery County. I believe a vote for Julie Yang is a vote to ensure that all voices are heard when it comes to improving our school system."

Susan C. Lee
Senator, Maryland District 16

"Building on her exemplary track record as an educator, PTA leader, and advocacy on behalf of underserved communities, Julie Yang will be a sterling champion for our students, teachers, and equity and excellence in education.  Especially during these challenging times, her leadership, knowledge, and experience are vital to ensuring every student has the opportunity to a world class education and to succeed in life."  

Lily Qi
Delegate, Maryland District 15

"Julie Yang is a respected community leader with a proven track record as a bridge builder. She is thoughtful and balanced in her approach and experienced in education matters both as a former educator and school counselor. She is the kind of voice we need to bring new communities' perspectives to the policymaking table. I am proud to support Julie."

Kirill Reznik
Delegate, Maryland District 39

“I strongly support Julie Yang for the Board of Education’s District 3 seat because she is passionate about our kids and their future. As a former MCPS high school counselor, Julie shares my vision of expanded mental health access to all students throughout the MCPS system. I look forward to working closely with Julie as I continue my legislative efforts to help make that happen. A vote for Julie Yang would help all of our students in the MCPS gain more opportunities to get the mental health resources we know they desperately need.”

Emily Shetty
Delegate, Maryland District 18

"Julie Yang will bring the professionalism of an experienced, longtime, in-school MCPS analyst and counselor–along with the insight, concern, and compassion of an MCPS parent, as the next Board of Education member for District 3. I support Julie because she is in tune with the dynamic and complex issues of our public school system, especially during a time when we all emerge from COVID."  

Vaughn Stewart
Delegate, Maryland District 19

“I support Julie Yang because I know, first hand, her in-depth knowledge and experience of what it takes for students to be successful in the world after high school. That’s why I’m urging everyone to vote for Julie Yang in this election. We need an experienced teacher-counselor like Julie on the board.”

Linda Foley
Delegate, Maryland District 15

“I know what it means to mentor young people and to help them pursue their goals. Julie Yang has been a mentor for many of our MCPS students throughout her career. That’s one reason I want Julie to take the District 3 seat on the Board of Education. She will bring that passion for helping all of our students to the business of our school board. And, because Julie has spent 18 years within the MCPS system, she knows what our students, and their parents, need to improve the well-being and health of our community. A vote for Julie Yang is a vote for positive change for our students and their families.”

Eric Luedtke
Delegate, Maryland District 14

“I was a teacher with MCPS for more than a decade. I know what it takes to help our students succeed, and to help our entire MCPS community to grow. Julie's knowledge and experience make her an ideal candidate for Board of Education. I'm proud to endorse her.”

Sidney Katz
Montgomery County Council, District 3

"With her years of experience in our schools going above and beyond to serve all students. Julie has made a real difference in her students' lives. She will bring fresh ideas, and energy to the School Board to offer more opportunities for our students."

Judy Docca
Board of Education member

"When she was at Magruder, she gave the kids opportunities they didn't have[.] She took them to colleges to visit, helped them understand the SAT/PSAT, [and] gave them insights into HBCUs, USG, UMD."

Alan Cheung
Former Board of Education member

"Julie is an inspirational leader and a model for all citizens.  Her passion is education and her heart is for all students.  She will bring a refreshing perspective to the Board of Education and Montgomery County Public Schools.  She is a doer and not like too many others who are talkers.  She is more qualified than I was when I ran and was elected to the Board of Education thirty-two years ago.  I, without question, am a great fan of Julie Yang and I wish her every success."

Michael Durso
Former Board of Education member

"It is my honor to endorse Julie Yang for the District #3 seat on the Board of Education. Julie brings a unique set of life experiences to public service as an immigrant, wife and mother, and an advocate for all students and families in Montgomery County.  She will be a bridge builder, listener, and problem solver to the various challenges facing public education in the county. Julie will be able to find common ground with the County Council, County Executive, the Employee Associations, and others, along with her own BOE colleagues to find common sense solutions to the variety of current problems."

Jud Ashman
Mayor of Gaithersburg

"I’m proud to support her. She’s a natural leader, driven to get big things done. She brings a unique perspective to the table, borne out of a remarkable personal journey[.] Please join me in supporting Julie Yang for the Montgomery County Board of Education!"

Bridget Newton
Mayor of Rockville

"I fully support Julie Yang for the Montgomery County Board of Education. With her experience as a former teacher and counselor- she is in tune with the pressing needs and concerns of MCPS students, parents and staff. Julie’s PTA leadership and active involvement in our public school system demonstrates her commitment to the education of each student - no matter where they live in our County - and her support for the staff and faculty who work with our children every day.  With her tenacity, dedication and passion for education, Julie has what it takes to serve on the Board of Education."

Jeffrey Slavin
Mayor of Somerset

“I support Julie Yang for the Board of Education seat because she has the skills, knowledge, compassion, and first-hand, in-school experience that our MCPS community needs. Julie would be an excellent addition to the Board of Education because she is a voice for change given her advocacy on issues affecting all of our public schools.” 

Neil Harris
Vice President, Gaithersburg City Council

"Julie Yang is an experienced teacher and guidance counselor who has been making a real difference for our kids. Her experience, her energy, and her heart will make her a great new leader[.] I enthusiastically support her and I hope you will, too!"

Ryan Spiegel
Member, Gaithersburg City Council

“Julie knows the MCPS system inside and out, has served in three different high-school clusters and knows how this system, our school system, works. Julie also has great ideas on how to fix the parts of MCPS that need improving. I urge everyone who has an interest in making MCPS work well for all of our students to cast their vote for Julie Yang. Vote for Julie in July and, again, in November.”

Jim McNulty
Member, Gaithersburg City Council

"Most of the time, the general public has no idea who the candidates are for school board. Julie Yang is a revelation. She’s passionate, she has great ideas, and she is exactly the kind of advocate our children need on the Board of Education. I enthusiastically endorse Julie for the BOE."

Aryani Ong
Founder, MoCo PAAN

"Julie Yang has worked hard to give a platform to hundreds of parents who were not previously engaged with MCPS. She has led a chorus of people at an organization that she founded where members were singing from different songbooks, and despite the discordance, she always managed to get the jobs done.  Julie has energy, and will apply her passion to any role."

Gregory Wims
President, Victims’ Rights Foundation

"I have been a leader in Montgomery County for over 50 years. I believe Julie Yang will be known as one of the best to serve on MCPS’s Board of Education. She loves every student and will fight to give all of them the best possible education within MCPS. I am proud to endorse her and will do all I can to help her win a seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education."

Ellen Hudson
Former Assistant Principal, Magruder High School

"[It] is unbelievable how she transformed that part of our counseling [department] in that short period of time… I hope she's elected, and if she is not elected, that she will continue [to] get her name out [there] because she's not representing only herself and her family, the Asian community, but she's out there fighting for everybody."

Yvonne Tolbert
Student

"She truly has a kind heart and helpful nature. She even provided me with resources to help me in the future, which is now the start of my college career[.] Thank you Ms. Yang!"

Melissa Casillas
Student

"Ms. Yang was a great support to me in figuring out what colleges would work well for me."

Mariel Lindsay
Student

"[S]he was so incredibly helpful during my time there… She connected me with the African American Book Award for Black students. I really appreciated that because it helped so much with my common app."

Tristan Templeton
Student

"Ms. Yang really helped me[.] If anyone deserves to be on the Board of Education, Ms. Yang does."

Mikayla Lindsay
Student

"I look back on my high school memories with her in it very fondly and I would not be where I am today were it not for her guidance."

Loretta Lu
Student

"Throughout my highschool experience, Ms.Yang is one of the most dedicated, caring educators I have ever had."

Amira Johnson Taylor
Student

"Ms. Yang helped me a lot... by going above and beyond with her support. I remember when she brought in people that worked in the foster system and others like it to answer student's questions."

Vivian Cao Nguyen
Student

"She deserves a Board position for MCPS because she will definitely have the backs of [the] many students that she represents."