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.
Michael Zepp is running for one of three open seats on the New Windsor Town Council against Michael Scott Barclay, Terry Green, Thomas Frank Gubernatis Jr., William Holl, and incumbents David Hoffman and Kimberlee Schultz.
- Police Officer / Carroll County Sheriff’s Office / 22 years
- Graduate of Francis Scott Key H.S.
- No prior political experience
- 4 years lived in New Windsor
Why do you want to serve in the role?
I am interested in becoming more involved in the community in a way that can make an immediate and perhaps long term impact through a joint decision making process on issues which concern the residents of New Windsor.
How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?
The interests of New Windsor should be represented in county government as one collective voice through the Mayor or his/her representative or designee.
Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.
Not knowing what is currently being worked or knowing what the current 5/10 year plan may be, I'd like to see New Windsor begin to invest in itself/it's future, infrastructure, streetscape projects and the overall beautification of the "main street" community that makes up the heart of New Windsor. Knowing a few of our current council members, I'm sure these things are being looked at or are currently in the works… these are the types of things that I would like to be a part of immediately if elected.
What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?
Having spent nearly 10 years in the Military and over 20 years in law enforcement, I've learned to be a facilitator and mediator and I think I bring a different perspective on how one might look at issues or problems that residents may bring the council. I've learned to listen, become educated on the issues/problems and make informative decisions based on that information gathering that hopefully brings some sort of resolution to the parties involved so that they might move forward to obtain a desired outcome.
What one thing would you most like to see changed?
What are your campaign priorities?
My campaign priorities are simply to be a fair representation/voice of the community, to always act and make informative decisions that are in the best interest of the community, and to always represent the community in a professional and respectful manner. Having said that, as far as traditional "campaign priorities" go, it is to address any issue or concern that the residents of New Windsor may have and work together as a community to resolve them.
What is your position on the “pay-as-you-throw” pilot program?
My position on the Fair Trash Reduction or "pay-as-you-throw" program is that it was a pilot program that New Windsor volunteered to spearhead for the county to determine whether or not the program would benefit the county as a whole… given the fluctuating market/cost of recyclable goods, I don't feel it benefits the community at this time, though I support the concept of recycling. If the residents of New Windsor decide either way on the issue, I'll support the final decision… it should be their decision to make!