November 8, 2017

Dear neighbors,

I am Fazlul Kabir. I am your neighbor and have had the privilege to serve you as your Councilmember representing District 1 for the past 6 years.

14 years ago, my wife and I bought our first home in Hollywood where we raised our two boys – Arif and Samir. Arif graduated from the Business School at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Samir is in the process of transitioning to UMCP. Samir is also my very capable campaign treasurer (and a proud NextDoor member).

Before I made College Park my final home, I spent several years in Canada. Before that , I lived in England, where I earned my Ph.D. degree. Being an immigrant from a minority background, I am incredibly humbled and grateful for the love, support and acceptance I received from our wonderful community in College Park.

My current day job is with the Federal government as a Senior Project Lead for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In the past, I also worked with a number of Federal agencies, where I gathered experience in developing business proposals, financial and project management skills. Additionally, I also enjoy teaching Cybersecurity as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

I consider myself as a community organizer. Back in 2010, I worked with a group of residents for several months, and we started the City’s annual College Park Day event. With a wonderful group of neighbors, I started the Hollywood Farmers Market in 2013, and started the Hollywood Community Garden last year.

Additionally, I’ve organized over a dozen community clean-up and snow shoveling events for more than ten years. Also, before becoming your Council representative, I served as the secretary of the North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) for four terms.

During my six years on the Council, we’ve seen quite a bit of progress in District 1. I’ve worked for improved pedestrian safety by adding flashing lights along Rhode Island Avenue. I’ve also advocated funding for the brand new Duvall Field Plaza and the beautiful concession building project. Additionally, I’ve worked to increase amenities and programs for the City’s senior citizens. I advocated adding the City Service Desk to North College Park at Davis Hall, and I also worked to bring City’s Bikeshare program to North College Park.

In the current budget, the Hollywood Streetscape project received the largest amount of funding ($1 million) throughout its history. I want to accelerate the design and construction of the project. I truly believe the project will transform and revitalize the main Commercial District of north College Park.

The current FY2018 budget also includes a $70,000 funding to build a dog park in north College Park. We’re now looking into a suitable place to build the park. I’ll make sure the park gets built soon.

In the current budget, I proudly supported funding for the College Park policing study. I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of this report. I am committed to implementing the recommendation of this study in the most fiscally responsible manner.

Our district, unlike other parts of the City, is heavily residential. Nearly half of the City’s single-family homes are in District 1. For this reason, I’ll continue to work to bring amenities and new community spaces for family members of all ages in our district.

Inclusiveness of ideas and opinions is the central focus of my decision-making process on Council Council. In a small community like ours, I strongly believe we should try our best in finding common grounds and building consensus on controversial issues. On important and heavily contentious matters, I think, a Council representative should seek residents’ input to the maximum extent possible. For this very reason, I advocated for a non-binding referendum option in the recent non-citizens’ voting issue.

I acknowledge that City’s reputation has regretfully taken a hit due to multiple legal statements made on the non-citizen voting issue. In order to restore City’s image and residents’ confidence, I‘ve already asked to review our current procedure in procuring legal services. If re-elected I will work with the new Council to implement measures to ensure that residents’ tax dollars are spent to receive accountable and quality legal services.

Since 2009, I have been writing a daily community blog http://KabirCares.org (currently a month away from my 3000th post!). Please visit it to find out more on community news, development projects, commentaries, crime maps and announcements.

Thanks for reading this post. If you have any questions about my candidacy or any other City issues, please email me at fkabir@collegeparkmd.gov, or faz.kabir@gmail.com, or call me at 301-659-6295.

Your neighbor,

Fazlul Kabir

[The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Fazlul’s alone and not necessarily are those of City of College Park, or any other organization that Fazlul is officially affiliated with]

6 Comments to “About”

  1. By Cordell Ploch, January 10, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.You have done a marvellous job!

  2. By Hamza Khan, January 15, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Your activism and dedication to your morals is truly heroic. I’m glad we’ve become friends since your razor-sharp election race!

  3. By Yusuf Khan, October 7, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    Your dedication to the City of College Park is commendable. Wishing you much success.

  4. By Sarah Lazarus, October 3, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    This is awesome! Just came across this! Happy to have you as my Councilman 🙂

  5. By Christiane Williams, October 4, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    Fazlul is the person who developed and made north College Park Farmers Market a success. He works tirelessly to help the resident solve their problems with the city. I am thankful to have him as a councilman and hope that he keeps on going.

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