This April, Democratic voters in Carroll County will pick their nominee for the Eighth Congressional District seat held by Chis Van Hollen.
You deserve a representative who will be a strong voice for Carroll County and will recognize its significance to our district and state. I grew up on a struggling family farm 15 miles from the Eighth District. I understand the rural economy and the unique challenges facing Carroll County.
On March 9, I had the opportunity to tour the Knorr Brake Company and meet with Vice President of Contracts Ken Towns. Ken showed me their cutting edge manufacturing plant, powered 50 percent by solar energy. The company provides components for every major subway, light rail, and metro system in the country, including WMATA, and is contracted to provide brakes and HVAC systems for the new Purple Line that will connect several metro lines in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The company is hoping to expand their operations and I will do everything I can to support them if I am elected. Knorr is a shining example of revitalized American manufacturing.
I also had the opportunity to visit The Arc of Carroll County and see first-hand the $3.75 million project upgrade to their facility. I met Executive Director Don Rowe, who told me that the organization was started because children with disabilities were not allowed to attend public schools. This organization has become a model for disability rights groups all over the country. Chris Van Hollen has been a huge supporter of the disability community, and I will follow in his footsteps.
I am the only candidate who has an office in Carroll County. Our team members are going out from our office at 62 W. Main St. in Westminster every single day to talk to voters throughout the Carroll County. You can reach them by phone (301-364-6278), or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If I'm elected, I will maintain a district office in Carroll County. That is part of my commitment to provide outstanding constituent services to everyone in the Eighth District. I have done well in business by focusing on the customer. If I am elected, I will always focus on constituents.
Whether you vote absentee, vote early from April 14-21, or vote on April 26, I hope you will give me the opportunity to serve you.
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The writer is a Democrat running in the District 8 congressional primary.