Tom Angelis, a Davidsonville resident running for Anne Arundel county executive, laid out his public safety and quality-of-life platforms at a news conference yesterday.
Angelis, 55, said that, if elected, he would improve traffic conditions by working with businesses to set up satellite offices around the county. Angelis said the county could rent out space in empty buildings to businesses whose employees live far from company headquarters.
The candidate, a Baltimore schoolteacher who once worked as a police officer in Washington, said he would ask police officers to get out of their patrol cars and walk their beats at least 30 minutes a day. He said he would pull officers off desk jobs and fill them with civilian employees.
Angelis, who faces Mayo resident Phillip D. Bissett in the GOP primary Sept. 10, also criticized County Executive Janet S. Owens for using two police officers as personal security guards and chauffeurs. Both he and Bissett have said they would do away with the service.
On Friday, Angelis will start a walking and biking tour of the county, during which he plans to meet with residents and business owners.