Mount Airy Town Council candidate profile: John Stuehmeier
Apr 17, 2019 at 5:00 AM
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.
John Stuehmeier is running against Karl Munder, Pamela Reed and incumbent Jason Poirier are running for one of three open seats on the Mount Airy Town Council. Here are Stuehmeier’s responses.
What is your profession (and years experience), current employment (and how many years), education, community groups involved in (and in what role), past political experience, and years (approximately) you’ve lived in Mount Airy?
I spent my teenage years in and around Mt. Airy, residing just outside the Mount Airy Town limits and graduated from Linganore High School. After graduation, I joined the Marine Corps. Reserves and then the Prince George's County Police Department. After retiring from the Prince George's County Police Department, I started all over again with the Park Police and worked my way back through the ranks to a Sergeant again. I am currently on my 34th year as a police officer and have no plans to stop anytime soon. I moved to Prince George's County when I began working for the police department and I moved back to Mount Airy about 8 years ago, so that my son could enjoy the same small-town environment I grew up in. I'm a single father, my son lives with me full time, and he loves his school and Mount Airy. Since moving back to town: I have served on the Recycling Commission, Streets and Roads Commission, and the Economic Development Commission. I also served as Mayor Rockinberg's liaison to the State Police until the Town began their own police department. I have consulted on the budget process for our new Police force, in many cases streamlining and offering more cost-effective alternatives. I also currently work part-time for "Greg's Driving School" in Mount Airy and I enjoy helping young people learn how to drive safely.
Why do you want to serve in this role?
I grew up in a public service atmosphere and continue to serve till this day. Serving as a Town Councilmember is a different approach than what I am used to. In police work, I often deal with people and try to help them during low points in their lives. They are often under extreme stress and many have just been the victim of a crime. Often, they are dealing with very emotional and sad situations. As a Councilmember, I will be dealing with people under very different circumstances. I am looking forward to helping people in a new and different way.
How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?
I would begin by reaching out to the Frederick and Carroll County governments and inquire about their services and/or programs for senior citizens. I would also learn about any other programs they may offer that our town could take advantage of.
Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.
I would like to work with Carroll and Frederick Counties transportation departments. Each county has a limited shuttle service for senior citizens and people with challenges. These services provide transportation to medical appointments. I would like to work to have these services expanded to cover our Seniors who have transportation problems.
What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?
I have worked for the government for 34 years as a police officer. During this time, I have learned to look at a problem from both sides and obtain all the information I can about the issue. Then I do my best to make a fair and impartial decision. One must remember that as a Town Council Member, your decisions affect so many other people in ways that may not be obvious on the surface.
What one thing would you most like to see changed?
I would like to see more handicapped parking spaces for the disabled. I believe this is a big concern among our seniors and mobility impaired.
As a current police officer I am happy with Mount Airy's new police force. One issue we will be facing soon is looking for a new location for the town police department and continued budgeting questions. Since this is one of our town’s biggest expenses, the question of needs versus wants is important to answer. I believe I would bring the experience to facilitate this conversation.