Ellicott City businessman Jonathan Weinstein, a Democrat, announced this past weekend that he will run for the District 1 seat on the Howard County Council in 2014.
Weinstein, 45, ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the state House of Delegates representing District 9A in 2010.
"I'm really interested at Howard County in the local level. That's what pushed me toward the county instead of seeking a seat in the House again," he said.
Weinstein will seek the seat currently occupied by County Council member Courtney Watson, who some think will make a run for county executive.
"I think she has other plans," Weinstein said when asked about potentially opposing Watson. "I just looked at where I thought I can best serve the county and it made a lot of sense to me that I make my intentions clear to folks, and start working toward that goal. I don't think my decision will conflict with hers."
Weinstein said his experience campaigning in 2010 showed him the value of face-to-face contact with constituents.
"The source of all the good ideas should be the people," Weinstein said. "All those face-to-face conversations gave me great perspective on residents' concerns. ... I look forward to beginning that process again."
Weinstein, an 18-year county resident, is the owner and president of Line-of-Sight, a Columbia-based project management consulting firm. He thinks his professional experience is an asset.
"I think it is good to have business owners in government," he said. "Government cannot be run like a business, but it can be run more business-like."
Weinstein also said he hopes to focus on stimulating two areas of his district: Route 1 in Elkridge and Route 40 in Ellicott City.
"We need to look at significant revitalization of those areas," Weinstein said. "We should be able to leverage the strength of Howard County to make those areas assets for the county as a whole."