Our Candidates and Affiliates
Meet our Candidates and Affiliates
Forward believes in candidates that practice grace and tolerance, embrace diverse thinking, and support thriving communities of free people. Our candidates/affiliates are committed to a vibrant democracy through election reform, non-partisan primaries, and independent redistricting commissions.
Each of our candidates/affiliates must sign a comprehensive pledge detailing their commitment to the entire constituency for the office and to treat other candidates in a civil manner. They also undergo a thorough interview our Board, and receive a background check including looking into their social media.
We firmly endorse the candidates and affiliates on this page as living up to those ideals.
Andrea Crooms is a life-long advocate for the environment, an attorney, economist, and climate scientist with 20 years of leadership experience in environmental regulation and climate change mitigation. Policy objectives:
- Environmental Justice
- Economic Mobility for Working Families
- A commitment to Equity and Fairness
James Kole is a Landscape Professional with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University. He has a strong passion for helping others. James was elected to the City Council in Laurel, MD in 2021, where he has served two terms as President Pro Tempore, as well as chaired multiple City committees. James firmly believes that all elected officials should represent ALL citizens and work together with other officials to solve the issues facing their communities.
He is an independent and running for re-election to Laurel City Council, Ward 1. He wanted endorsement by the Maryland Forward Party because he strongly believes in Voting Reform and wants more political voices aside from the duopoly. Because he is an independent, James is considered our first Forwardist incumbent!
Fitzgerald Mofor is a former Mobile, AL ISS public high school teacher and a professional educator, having worked in the Montessori system in Columbia, MD. He has a Masters in Law from WashU and has canvassed for the Wes Moore campaign and was campaign manager for a MD State Senate campaign. He works to help asylum seekers fleeing religious persecution, political dissent, and extortion from gangs find safety in the US.
He is running for the Montgomery County Board of Education to rekindle the county's standing as the pinnacle of success in public education and wanted endorsement by the Maryland Forward Party to indicate his commitment to good-faith discourse and common-sense policies in lieu of partisan politics.
Ashwani Jain is a 34-year-old son of immigrants and small business owners, a product of public schools, a published author and a cancer survivor. He has experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors - including the Obama White House, the US Department of Health, the US Department of Housing, and the National Kidney Foundation. He is running for Congress in MD6 - not just to be Maryland’s first Millennial and first Asian ever elected - but because he has specific policy solutions that will open the doors of opportunity for our community.
Wendy is a Baltimore Public School Teacher and President of Upper Fells Point Improvement Association who believes seeking out community ideas to improve the City of Baltimore. She wants to reduce violence in Baltimore, engage in community discussions, reform the education system to ensure equality, and reduce food insecurity. Most important to Forward, Wendy believes in Free People, Thriving Communities, and Vibrant Democracy. Wendy is a Forward Democrat with our Affiliate program. 19233 Gunnerfield Lane, Germantown MD 20874