Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.
Tim Babylon is running for one of two Hampstead Town Council seats against Daniel Collier, Holly Oertel, and incumbents Jim Roark and Dave Unglesbee. Here are Babylon’s responses.
I currently am the co-owner of Can You Dig It Records, LLC. We are an online company that buys and sells Vintage and Current vinyl records to collectors around the globe. We started this venture in 2017. Prior to that I worked in Healthcare Management for Lifebridge Health from 2010- 2014. Before that I worked in Sales and Management for Black & Decker and then NovaQuest, a Quintiles Company from 1998-2009.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from York College of Pa. in 1998 and then my Master’s Degree from Loyola University of MD in 2014.
I previously served as a Town Councilman in Hampstead from 2011-2015.
I have been a Hampstead resident for 15 years, and a Carroll County resident for 32 years.
Why do you want to serve in this role?
I was approached by my neighbors and several other members of the community to run for office again, they felt that the Hampstead government was no longer listening to them, and in some cases encroaching on their lives. They asked me to try and regain public office to help right the wrongs that they feel are being perpetrated on the citizens by the current board of elected officials. They no longer feel that they matter. And I hope to give them a voice once again.
How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?
We have a great relationship with our Commissioners and there is no reason that should change, I was a student of Richard Weaver’s in High School and I find him to be an incredible Commissioner, with the best interests of his community at heart, I intend to keep that relationship the same.
Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.
I would seek to find the best way to stop this horrible Hampstead Overlook project.
What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?
I actually care about and listen to the concerns of my neighbors and fellow citizens, which seems to be a dying concept to local politicians. Furthermore, I have a background in HealthCare which would enable me to tackle what I see as an Epidemic, the growing Opioid issue.
What one thing would you most like to see changed?
I would like to see the Hampstead Overlook project permanently shelved
What are your campaign priorities?
I want to stop Hampstead Overlook, first and foremost.
I want to take proactive measures to help fight the growing Opioid Epidemic, which is by and far the number one Health Issue we are facing in our community.
I would like to help take the North Carroll High School property and make it into a hub for our Community to enjoy.
What is your position on the North Carroll High School site and its future uses?
I think that this property could serve the Community well as an open use Sport Complex, and as an office space for Municipal government and local nonprofit institutions. This property needs to maintain itself as a hub for the community, and it could serve us well as a multi-use local facility.
What is your position on the proposed Hampstead Overlook development?
This is the opposite of smart growth. For environmental, infrastructure, traffic & congestion issues, this project needs to be stopped immediately. The property needs to be returned to Commercial use as it was originally intended. Period! This may be the worst and most short-sighted idea that any body of local government has dreamed up in recent memory.