Eric represented Prince George’s County District 3 as its Council Member from 2006 – 2014. He served as County Council Vice Chair from 2010 to 2012, and as Chair of its Transportation, Housing, and Environment Committee. Eric chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Region Forward Committee, and served as a member of the region’s Transportation Planning Board. He previously served as a board member for the Coalition to Build the Purple Line. He is a recipient of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award.
From 2014 until resigning on March 31st this year to focus on his campaign, Eric served as Executive Director of the College Park City-University Partnership. This community development corporation is growing homeownership, improving walkability, expanding local businesses, increasing educational opportunities, enhancing public spaces and more.
Previously, Eric was a College Park City Council Member (1997 -2006); Director of the Sierra Club’s Healthy Communities Campaign; Deputy Director of Fairvote, a national election reform and voting rights organization; and a Legislative Aide to then-Congressman, now U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders.
He has spent many seasons on the playing fields and courts of the area, coaching youth soccer and basketball, and lives in College Park with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters.
Smart Growth and Economic Development. Eric involved communities, and played key roles to advance nearly a half billion dollars of redevelopment, replacing older strip commercial centers and creating jobs and housing near Metro stations.
Trails, Playgrounds, Recreation, and Library. Eric helped facilitate construction of the Trolley Trail, Berwyn Heights Nevada Street Trail, and College Park Woods Trail; new and renovated playgrounds in Lanham, Riverdale Heights, Riverdale Park, Berwyn Heights, and College Park; the Lincoln Vista Recreation Building; and the New Carrollton Library.
Transportation Improvements. Eric has long championed the Purple Line light rail, and rebuilding Baltimore Avenue into a safer boulevard for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Both will be completed in the next several years. Eric added bus transit, passed legislation for complete and green streets, and for developers to pay for more paths and sidewalks.
Sustainability and the Environment. Eric led successful efforts to provide incentives for homeowners to convert to clean energy, and for passage of the strongest stormwater regulations in the state.
Neighborhood Quality of Life. Eric passed prohibitions on adult businesses adjacent to neighborhoods, restrictions on pawn shops, greater security at all-night businesses, and stronger nuisance abatement and code enforcement.
Schools. Working closely with colleagues and other officials, Eric helped open new schools like Greenbelt Middle, Felegy Elementary, and College Park Academy.
Health Care. Eric collaborated with state and county leaders to overcome decades of challenges to Prince George's Hospital Center, and to reach agreement on a new University of Maryland Medical System hospital in the county. Eric supported upgrades at Doctors Community Hospital.
Public Safety. Eric convened a youth and gang violence prevention task force that recommended investment in at-risk communities. The Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative implemented many of these ideas. Crime went down and safety went up during Eric's Council terms. He also worked to establish good, constructive relationships between District 3 neighborhoods and police.
Good Government and Fiscal Responsibility. Eric successfully opposed a $195 million soccer stadium deal that would have placed the financial risk on county taxpayers rather than the wealthy team ownership. He proposed legislation to prevent elected officials from receiving cost of living increases unless employees do.