Hampstead Town Council candidate: Holly Oertel

Hampstead Town Council candidate: Holly Oertel
Holly Oertel is running for two Hampstead Town Council seats against Tim Babylon, Daniel Collier, and incumbents Jim Roark and Dave Unglesbee. (Holly Oertel/Courtesy photo)

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.

Holly Oertel is running for two Hampstead Town Council seats against Tim Babylon, Daniel Collier, and incumbents Jim Roark and Dave Unglesbee. Here are Oertel ’s responses.

Biographical information

I have been a resident of Hampstead for well over 30 years. I did move out of town for a few years but I came back to my roots because I love our town. I graduated high school in 1984 and went to Towson State University.I have 2 dacshunds Brooke and Carly, that keep me busy to say the least. I joined the volunteer fire department when I was 15 years old and I am still an active member. I held the office of Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief. I was elected into these positions by my peers. I graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland with a certificate in TV journalism. I worked for 98 Rock WIYY and did an internship with Maryland Public TV. I am an assistant to a realtor with Century 21. I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling to different beaches and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to serving you in this great town I call home.

Why do you want to serve in this role?

I have been interested in politics since a young age. I want to be a voice of reason that actually listens to the people. Ensure that everything brought to the town is fair and consistent.

How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?

I will be active with the others that serve Hampstead and I work very diligent with the county on topics that effect the town of Hampstead.

Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.

The Main Street project, and also getting 24/7 police coverage from the Hampstead Police Department, that we as tax payers deserve.

What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?

I have been in the public sector business for over 30 years with the fire department. I believe that we need to make sure our local volunteer fire department has all the necessary tools to protect and serve the citizens of Hampstead and the surrounding area.

What one thing would you most like to see changed?

I think the biggest thing, is that we have people on the council and the Mayor that will fight for the town, and hear the voices and the concerns. We are elected to be that voice for them. I will vow to be that person.

What are your campaign priorities?

My first priority is the Main St project. I am also working to make sure that non EMS firefighters will be trained to us Naloxone in the event that the Medic unit is out and they would get a call for an overdose. I am on the Carroll County Opioid Prevention Coalition to help the families that are suffering along with their loved ones, I am all about small business to make sure that they are successful and can grown in our town.

What is your position on the North Carroll High School site and its future uses?

I would like to work and move forward with using the fields for a recreation council I will look into a turf field. Hampstead could bring in so much revenue that would help with so much more. I would like to take a tour and see the condition of the inside of the school and meet with the council and the Board of Education to see what exactly could be done with the school.

I was against this from day one, because of the hazard materials that have been buried for years from Black and Decker in the ground. I have stated that these materials are cancer causing and no one ever deserves to be subject to this.