Meet the ‘Free Range Mom’

Hi, I’m Danielle Meitiv. You know me as the “free range mom” because I fought back when the police detained my children for walking home from the park without an adult.

For six months, county officials harassed our family and charged my husband and me with child neglect. Our children were held in the back of a police car for two and a half hours, denied access to food or a bathroom, and forbidden to call us. But we fought back, to protect our family and to ensure than no other families would suffer the way we did. And we won. We stood up to a harmful and misguided bureaucracy and made the County change its policies.

County Council At-Large

I’m running in the Democratic primary for County Council At-Large to stand up for all Montgomery families. We need strong voices from outside of politics to speak up for our communities. I’m a climate scientist working for a healthy and sustainable future. I’m the mother of two public school children and the caregiver of an aging parent. I’m the wife of a refugee and have stood with my neighbors against Trump’s divisive agenda.

I stand up for what I believe in and, as your Councilmember, I will be a tireless voice on the County Council for a strong local economy, excellent schools, a healthy environment, and equality for all.

Our Family

I grew up in New York City. I’m the proud product of public school, from grade school through grad school, with a BS in biology from the University of Buffalo and a MS in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. My mother was a shop steward for New York City’s largest union, and I was a member of the same when I worked for the NYC Parks Department after college. I came to the DC area in 1997, to work for the National  Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, MD.

I know from personal experience that when we stand together, we win. Join me and Stand Up For Montgomery. For our children, for our county, and for our future.

My husband, Alexander grew up in the Soviet Union and came to the US as a political refugee in 1989. We met when he was working for the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg. We were married in 2001 and settled in Silver Spring in 2007, where we live with our free-range kids, Rafi and Dvora, my 80-year-old father, Gene, Gizmo the rescue dog, and three surprisingly friendly hermit crabs.

I know from personal experience that when we stand together, we win. Join me and Stand Up For Montgomery. For our children, for our county, and for our future.

Thanks,

Danielle