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Schuh: The best is ahead for Anne Arundel

Last week, I had the honor of being elected Anne Arundel County Executive by nearly 23 points, carrying a majority of precincts in every council district. It's humbling to receive support from so many, and I want to thank everyone who came out and stood with our campaign.

I look forward to a smooth transition with the current administration, as well as working with the County Council to address the issues important to our citizens.

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I believe we prevailed because the people of Anne Arundel stand behind our vision for the future, and we now have a mandate to make our county the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland.

Over the next four years, I'll be implementing a five-point plan to achieve that goal.

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I want to energize economic growth and create as many jobs as possible by reducing taxes and fees, starting with an immediate 3 percent cut in the property tax. I want to improve the quality of education by working with the school board to accelerate school construction and to build smaller, neighborhood schools. I'm committed to enhancing public safety by increasing compensation and staffing levels in our police, fire and corrections departments and Sheriff's Office over the next several years.

I want to reform our county government departments so that services are delivered promptly, cost-effectively and courteously. And finally, I want to create a cleaner environment and healthier waterways by repairing failing storm pipes and other infrastructure, respecting the General Development Plan and the wishes of local communities.

We've already begun work on building a stronger, better Anne Arundel County. I believe that our best days are ahead, and I'm committing to working every day to make sure we create a county where there is prosperity and opportunity for all.

Steve Schuh, Annapolis

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The writer, a Republican, is Anne Arundel County executive-elect.

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