With the general election only weeks away, I thought this a good time to reintroduce myself.
My husband and I have been property owners in Carroll since 1986 and residents since 1988. We raised two sons here, one a recent college graduate now working full-time and the other a junior at Loyola University.
I graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in forest resource management and earned a master's degree from University of Maryland 15 years later. I am employed by the Department of the Environment, working with municipalities and counties across the state. I have experience in wastewater and drinking water operations, waste management, construction, logging and agricultural practices, among other things. While I believe regulations serve a purpose, I also have seen how they can go overboard. During my years as an inspector, many contractors and developers recognized me as being fair and considerate.
I was a part-time tax preparer and congregational treasurer for many years, coached several youth sports teams and served as a Cub Scout committee chairperson. I volunteered on a work group for the current master plan, serving with a diverse group including Greg Becker, Ed Primoff and Hoby Wolf. While we didn't always agree, we worked together and reached consensus on many points, and I gained respect for the others' viewpoints.
I believe my extensive knowledge and experience and proven ability to work with varied groups and opinions makes me the best qualified candidate for the next District 3 Commissioner.
I recognize the value of a strong public school system, the challenges faced by our volunteer firefighters and the need to strengthen our sheriff's department. I don't support privatizing functions such as the landfill, as generally these efforts only consider short-term gains and not long-term expenses. I think other initiatives, such as enhancing recreational facilities, can benefit from private-public partnerships.
As your commissioner, I pledge that my foremost responsibility will be to the citizens of Carroll. I am not looking at the position as part-time, but rather will be fully committed to spending the time necessary to carry out the job. For these reasons and to ensure having no conflict of interest that may limit my ability to perform my duties, I will be leaving my current employment when sworn into office. It is simply the right thing to do to honor the trust voters place in me.
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The writer is a Democratic candidate for County Commissioner representing District 3.