Standing Up and Standing Out at Political Forum

Standing Up and Standing Out at Political Forum

With MikeThe recent Columbia Democratic Club forum highlighted my unique experience and expertise as a business owner and consulting helping to improve government agency performance. I gave a few examples on how, as a Council member, I will work on achieving a strategic balance between the critical elements that make Howard County great – education, public safety, business, and development & infrastructure (which includes transportation).

The Howard County Times’ Amanda Yeager reported the following (in italics) in an article in the March 14, online edition. My …

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A Day With HoCo’s Bravest

A Day With HoCo’s Bravest

On December 21st I had the privilege of spending the day at Howard County Fire & Rescue’s “A Shift” at Station 7 – which serves parts of District 1. The day started at 6:30am with Captain John Merson’s staff meeting to set the stage for the day. After a station tour and orientation to all the equipment I participated in training on rescuing trapped firefighters, helped clean the equipment bays, and ride-along on several calls. During a lull in the action the “A” shift members …

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Leading Strategic Planning for Ellicott City Historic District Partnership

Leading Strategic Planning for Ellicott City Historic District Partnership

Gathered at St. Paul’s Church Evangelical Center meeting room with Board and Committee members of the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership and members of the Main Street community to think strategically about the District. Along with colleagues from the Leadership Howard County Program, I designed and facilitated this second two-hour session to develop the Partnership’s first strategic plan. The primary driver in this effort is to achieve acceptance in the Main Street Maryland Program, making the area eligible for grants and other support from the …

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Participated in Powerful Program on Domestic Violence

Participated in Powerful Program on Domestic Violence

Throughout my campaign I will seek to participate in or visit with agencies, organizations, and programs that make a difference in our county. In my opinion face-to-face and hands-on experience is the best way to learn and understand the challenges they are addressing. This is an activity I am committed to continue throughout the election and during my tenure on the County Council.

I attended a powerful and impactful event at the Howard County Domestic Violence Center today, now called HopeWorks. “In Her Shoes Experiential Workshop” …

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2015 County Budget Hearing

Quick post… Spent the evening listening to engaged County residents and business people testify during the public hearing on County Executive Ken Ulman’s 2015 budget. This will be the last budget as the Exec. This budget sets the stage for continued improvements in District 1 – in Elkridge a new library, senior center, and middle school, and in Ellicott City funds for Main Street enhancements and flood mitigation (though more is needed on this front).

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Great Campaign Event in the Historic District

Thanks to everyone who came out and made last night a success! Especially to our hosts, Ellicott City Weddings & Events, and our sponsors who provided food and wine from The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant, Portalli’s, Pure Wine Cafe, and The Wine Bin. Also a special thanks to Byron Macfarlane, our County’s Register of Wills for introducing me.

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Participating in National Night Out

For the last few years I have participated in the National Night Out activities in Howard County. This annual event connects our communities with Howard County’s outstanding public safety personnel from the Police Department, Fire & Rescue, Sherrif’s office, and Parks and Rec Police.

I was glad to have an opportunity to talk to Historic Ellicott City residents at the Roger Carter Center and the friendly neighbors in the Plum Tree community. This picture shows the Police Department’s “Bear Cat” which is used for SWAT operations. …

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