Commissioner candidate: You are the change
While working on my last letter to the editor, I kept reminiscing about the doors I have encountered since filing for Carroll County commissioner District 4. Behind each door was a potential constituent, family, individual that I thought I had to sell myself to. Along the way I came to realize it was not I selling myself to you, it was you introducing yourself to me. Here is what I have experienced since filing as a first-time candidate.
My first glimpse into Carroll County came through data spread across Republicans, Independents, Green Party, Libertarians, Democrats and Unaffiliated. The demographics of each within the county and District 4 were presented in basic numbers and classifications. Something I have been working with throughout my 33-year career as an IT software engineer.
From those demographics, I compiled my first walking list to do as most candidates do, target voters. Within a few homes, I quickly realized I was skipping citizens whom most likely did not know me. Worse, I did not get to know them.
Right or wrong, I discarded that list and have knocked on every door skipping none. Since then, I have been in many communities and neighborhoods. Everyone encountered had different local concerns and those they share.
In Union Bridge, the lack of local banking and groceries along with education and school closures were concerns. But an issue not heard in other communities dealt with the drug epidemic. They are begging for help with drug related crime.
In New Windsor, high water and sewer utility rates were high concerns; especially in senior communities. Quality education and school closures were the most frequent issues.
Within Mount Airy, Winfield and South Carroll, economic development and how density growth would affect traffic congestion were expressed. Senior communities living on a fixed income were concerned about property taxes. Teacher retention and school closures were again top concerns.
Overwhelmingly, I was welcomed with no partisanship. Many stated I was the first candidate that had ever “knocked” their door. I engaged all including President Trump supporters and convinced more than a few to take a closer look at me. Real governance begins local and that is my promise to all.
Please visit www.carrollmediacenter.org. Watch my video profile and that of my opponent. We want you to be an informed voter. Be that voter. Each vote does count.
I ask for your vote. Thank You.
The writer is a Democratic candidate for county commissioner in District 4.
Reject past, elect real leaders to BOE
Board of Education (and outgoing County Commissioner) Doug Howard is running on the issue of “Teachers First.” This is the same Doug Howard who was part of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners that hamstrung the budgets provided to previous Boards of Education, causing our teachers to go seven years without a pay raise. On Nov. 6, let’s reject the past and elect real leaders to the Board of Education who are qualified for the job, and who want to do right for our kids and our schools