It's time for sanity to return to county government. For that reason, I am supporting Richard Weaver for County Commissioner in District 2, which includes Hampstead and Finksburg.
I have known Weaver for years and worked with him while I was principal of North Carroll High School. That experience gave me an opportunity to see first-hand how he will perform as county commissioner. I witnessed how level-headed he was under pressure. Weaver was well respected by teachers, students and parents alike.
If we want a no-nonsense commissioner who will get the job done, Weaver is the perfect candidate. He understands Carroll County's need to foster economic growth to fund public safety and education without raising taxes on homeowners so we remain a safe and affordable county in which to raise our families.
While Weaver worked full time at North Carroll, he also operated his family farm. He is well known in the agriculture community. He is aware of farm-related environmental issues such as nutrient management, storm water management and best management practices. He served on the Farm Bureau Board and was an associate with the Carroll Soil Conservation District. He is a strong proponent of the current farm land preservation program.
I believe Weaver will exhibit the same fiscal conservative habits with the county that he has shown in running his own business. He has weathered drought, low commodity prices and escalating fuel prices while managing to run a profitable business. He was able to accomplish this by hard work and a high degree of ethics and honesty.
He understands the importance of increasing the tax base with the development of small businesses so the entire burden does not fall upon the individual property owner. He knows the needs of small business, having worked with them for years in the placement of our North Carroll students in internships throughout the community.
Weaver understands that well-educated student graduates are the work force of tomorrow, and most importantly, our very future. The small businesses needed to expand our tax base will only locate in Carroll County if they know that there are well qualified employees who need a minimum of training.
I find Weaver honest, trustworthy and one who will serve us well as commissioner. He is a candidate who will listen and respond to the citizens' needs. What Carroll countian could ask for anything more?
Gary E. Dunkleberger