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"As the soon to be former mayor of Takoma Park, I want to enthusiastically endorse Councilmember Talisha Searcy for Mayor of Takoma Park. I have worked beside Talisha for almost five years and can personally attest that she will bring the experience, knowledge, and determination to get things done for our City. I know first-hand how demanding the job of mayor can be, and at this time in our City and country, we need Talisha. I deeply admire her dedication, experience and hard work. It has been an honor to serve with her on the Council and I hope you will join me in electing Talisha Searcy the next Mayor of Takoma Park."

- Kate Stewart, Takoma Park Mayor, 2015-2022

"I have gotten to know Talisha while serving with her on the City Council for the past 5 years, and I am enthusiastic to endorse her for Mayor of Takoma Park. Talisha genuinely cares about this community and is dedicated to making it the best it can be. She respects all opinions, listens carefully to residents with different viewpoints, and is always seeking to learn and find new ways to innovate. She makes informed, smart policy decisions that center equity, well-being, and trust. She is straightforward, thoughtful, and enthusiastic about the work that needs to be done -- exactly what we need for our next mayor!"

– Kacy Kostiuk, Ward 3 Councilmember, 2017-Present

"Talisha would follow in the tradition of past mayors who have been exceptionally fair-minded.  She is a fighter and a leader. She fights for the greater good, and that benefits all of us, no matter which side we’re on."

– Howard Kohn

"I strongly support and endorse Talisha Searcy for Mayor of Takoma Park ... As councilmember over the past five years Talisha has distinguished herself as an influential force for good and for consensus not only for Ward 6, but the whole city. You always know where and what Talisha stands for and why. And she does so in a positive, collegial way that helps to build trust among residents. Most impressively, Talisha has a strong, practical grasp of what is needed to grow the city’s tax base, to get more housing built and to attract good businesses … She is the civic leader our city needs to be our Mayor."

– Fred Schultz, Former Ward 6 Councilmember

"Talisha is a thoughtful and active Councilmember whose perspectives have only added to the richness of debate and decision-making in Takoma Park. She wants a city where all are welcome, and where we confidently tackle the challenges of today to build a better tomorrow."

– Carter Dougherty, Ward 1

"Talisha has clearly demonstrated the indispensable skill of collaborating for the greater good. Her roots are in serving the community and her background uniquely qualifies her to be Mayor."

– Reemberto Rodriguez, Sr

Additional endorsements: 

  • Lorig Charkoudian, Maryland State Delegate, District 20

  • Jheanelle Wilkins, Maryland State Delegate, District 20

  • Kathy Porter, Former Mayor, Takoma Park 

  • Peter Kovar, Takoma Park City Council, Ward 1

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