Black residents in Montgomery County have a new training program to help then run for public office.
The nonpartisan program, called Rise and Run, will educate and prepare Black residents for politics. The program is connected to the nonprofit Council for Advocacy and Policy Solutions (CAPS).
Kelly Leonard, an advisory board member for CAPS, said in a phone interview Monday afternoon that the idea for the program came to her in October as she was thinking about the upcoming election in November.
One of the ballot questions led residents to vote for adding two district council members to the nine-member County Council.