Capitol Heights, MD – Activist and committee co-chair for Progressive Maryland, Krystal Oriadha will formally announce her Democratic candidacy for Prince George’s County Council District 7 at her Campaign Kick-Off event on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 3PM-5PM located at Uniqek Banquet Hall 3130 Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, MD. Krystal will be speaking at 4PM.
District 7 is located on the western central portion of the county and much of it borders the Southeast and Northeast quadrants of the Washington, D.C. In addition to the town of Capitol Heights, the district consists of Seat Pleasant, District Heights, Marlow Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Suitland, Temple Hills, and portions of Forestville and Oxon Hill.
District 7 is 91 percent Black, according to the American Community Survey from 2011-2015. The incumbent in the seat is Karen Toles (D). She has held the position since 2009 and, by law, cannot by law run for a third term.
Krystal is against corruption in politics which is why she is advocating for fair elections that would take money out of politics which is a big part of the problem. In her effort to run for public office, She has out-raised all of her competitors, and has the highest bank account balance. She accomplished this without accepting ANY money from developer or the unions.
Krystal is an ACTIVIST! Not just another politician. She is running to help uplift the voice of our community, not to be just another elected official.
As a member of the County Council, Krystal will fight to improve our education system, economic development, and overall quality of life. She will champion community schools, living wages, access to jobs, ending food deserts with community gardens and co-ops, healthcare, and criminal justice reform.
She believes that for too long, we have seen our neighborhoods developed only for many residents to be pushed out so others can reap the benefits. We have watched as the education system has failed our children and teachers have not been provided the support and respect they deserve for shaping the minds of our future.
“We must all take responsibility and share the burden of building a community we can be proud of. That is part of the reason I am running. We need to step up and DEMAND BETTER for ourselves and DO BETTER for our community!” Krystal said.
Krystal has dedicated her life to helping others and has over a decade of experience in political activism. She has worked with Human Resources Achievement Program (HRAP) as the Communications Director focused on breaking the pipeline from school to prison. She spent over 5 years with Leaders of Tomorrow mentoring and coaching our youth to help shape the minds of the next generation. Krystal is an executive member of local activist organizations such as Brothers and Sisters for Action (BASFA) fighting for justice, education, and immigration. She is also the co-chair for Progressive MD Prince George’s Chapter focused on criminal justice and bail reform.
“Activists don’t just talk about changing the world, they don’t even just change the world themselves, they motivate a generation to change it with them!” Krystal said.
Presently, Krystal is running against B.J. Paige, founder of the non-profit Boys 2 Bowties, political activists Bruce Branch, former AFRO columnist, Juan Stewart, a data scientist for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, located in Bethesda, Md., a solar power entrepreneur and former county council aide Rodney Streeter and Darryl Miller who on Jan. 4, 2012, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation, ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, and serve 300 hours of community service by the Anne Arundel Circuit Court for violation of campaign finance laws for using campaign funds for personal use. The primary is June 26 and the winner will be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.
Krystal is building a grassroots campaign, because she believes in the power of the people. She knows that when we come together to build a movement, nothing can stand in our way. That is why Krystal is asking for your vote and support to improve the quality of life in our community.
Krystal earned her BBA in International Business with a concentration in Marketing at Howard University, Washington, DC, and her MBA at Amberton University, Garland, TX.
Join Krystal’s Campaign Kick-Off event on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 3PM-5PM located at Uniqek Banquet Hall 3130 Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, MD. To RSVP, contact Alicia@VoteKrystalOriadha.com.
For more information, please visit her website at VoteKrystalOriadha.com.