A letter to The Aegis Open Forum:
My name is Michael D. Kutcher. I was born in Baltimore City, and I am a life-long resident of the Great State of Maryland. I was transplanted to Churchville in 1974 when my father was transferred to Edgewood Arsenal. I graduated from C. Milton Wright High School in 1985, and purchased my first home in the Town of Bel Air in 1989 where I have resided for nearly three decades.
My father, Col. John F. Kutcher, Sr., was a great man with many accomplishments, including his 37 year, highly-distinguished military and civilian career, and raising me and my three brothers.
Throughout my lifetime, I did my best to follow in his footsteps. I enlisted and proudly served our country in the Maryland Army National Guard during my senior year of high school, but unfortunately was medically discharged about a year later.
I was a member and a board member of the St. Margaret’s Youth and Young Adults Groups in the 80’s and 90’s. In my early years, I had a successful career in restaurant management.
For the past 25 years, I have worked for Digital Innovation, Inc., headquartered in Harford County. My older brother founded Digital Innovation in the late 1980’s and today we are the world’s leading trauma registry software development company. I belong to several community organizations, including: Moose Lodge #1952, NRA, American Legion - Post #39, and the 29th Division Association - Post #58.
I raised my family in the town and was an active leader in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball and several other Rec Programs. They have since grown and have their own families. I believe I have done right by them, and have definitely left a positive mark on this world.
Having lost my father to cancer earlier this year, I’ve recently done a lot of personal reflection.
Looking back on my dad’s selfless life of service to his family, community and country and seeing the impact he made in this world through both his direct and indirect actions, has re-kindled the spark for me to give more of myself to my community.
I love the Town of Bel Air. I call it home. It’s a great place to live and raise a family, and I want to help keep it that way so others may have the same good fortune. I sincerely thank all that have served before me, and look forward to serving all of you come this November.
Michael D. Kutcher
The writer is a candidate for Bel Air town commissioner in the Nov. 7 town election. Editor