I have the experience, a record of proven results and a strong desire to work with others to help make Taneytown a better place to call home.
How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interest in county government?
By becoming familiar and communicating with the County Commissioners and their staff on what our needs are in Taneytown.
Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.
Immediately engage the community’s involvement in expressing their concerns productively by reestablishing the Community Action Groups. The object of these groups is to improve quality of life in our community and to form a direct line of communication between citizens and all departments in the local government. The Community Action Groups resulted in Taneytown being awarded two Certificates of Merit from the governor of Maryland for Crime Prevention.
What skills do you offer constituents that other candidates might not?
My forty plus years of being a proud resident of Taneytown gives me insight into the town’s history, infrastructure and concerns of my fellow residents. My experience as a former councilmember will allow me to be an asset to our city government on day one.
What one thing would you most like to see changed?
The return of civility and decorum as our city conducts the business of Taneytown. If elected, I look forward to working with the Mayor, City Council and staff in this manner.
What are your campaign priorities?
Help establish better communication and transparency between the citizens and our local government agencies. Explore all possibilities of acquiring Federal, State and County grants to achieve the goal of a community center. At this time the Taneytown by-pass is not on the Maryland State Highways 19-24 year plan. We need to ensure that this is a top priority before new growth occurs in our city.
Pending a clean bill of health from an outside law enforcement agency, we need to move forward with filling the vacancy from within as soon as possible.
What is your position on the Civil War memorial proposed for Taneytown?
In an era where monuments are being deconstructed, the prospect of a Civil War monument has me feeling conflicted. The content of the monument has not been finalized and until this is realized I find it difficult to make an informed decision about what is best for Taneytown.