Jon’s Bio

Jon and his wife Margaret chose Howard County as the best place to raise their two sons, Zach (Mt. Hebron HS 2009) and Ben (Mt. Hebron HS 2014). Jon’s experience as a parent, volunteer, and as a business owner will help our County thrive so families will choose to put down roots here for many years to come. Our quality of life is good, and Jon believes it can be even better. That’s why Jon is working to represent you and continue the tradition of strong Democratic leadership in Howard County.

Jon believes that the role of elected officials is to provide “Responsive and Responsible Representation.” The opportunities and challenges facing Howard County require a Council member who has the ability, credibility, and relationships to work effectively with constituents, community leaders, elected representatives, and government personnel around the county and state. Jon’s years of experience as a business owner, consultant, and facilitator working to improve local, state, and federal government organizations makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the County Council. Jon will listen carefully to the needs of our community and will work closely with other county and state officials to benefit our district.

As an elected public servant, Jon will…

  • Work tirelessly to make sure education remains a top priority for our county.
  • Make sure our public safety personnel have the training, tools, and resources they need to be the best in the state and keep pace with the demands of our growing and diverse community.
  • Promote Howard County as the focal point for investment in business and the advancement of emerging industries and research in the areas of biotechnology, cyber-security, and renewable energy.
  • Apply his experience and expertise to improve the efficiency, accountability, and transparency of our government.
  • Promote policies and programs that support Howard County’s place as a model for the rest of Maryland and the country.

Informed and involved citizens drive this community. The unity of purpose shared among neighbors and friends is the reason that our county has flourished. Jon seeks the honor of being the voice for the important issues for our community. Click here to learn why you should consider voting for Jon.

Jon has embraced leadership roles starting in high school and throughout his adult life. He enrolled in Dickinson College after graduating from Wantagh High School in New York. Jon was inspired by his grandmother, a Russian immigrant who shared her love for America and her belief that citizens should give back to their country and community. This fueled Jon’s desire to serve and led him to join the Army ROTC program. He discovered his passion for service and politics while at Dickinson, where he hosted a political commentary radio show and was active in campus political organizations. Jon later transferred to Boston University, where he organized students to become active members of the college community. Graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Jon was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. Soon after college, Jon married his high school sweetheart, Margaret.

Jon then moved to Washington, D.C. to earn his Master’s Degree in International Studies at American University. During this time, he joined the Democratic Party and began his service in the Military Police Reserves. Jon served as a company training officer in the 220th MP Brigade HHC, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

He has served in leadership positions for local and statewide community organizations, including the Maryland Youth Leadership Seminar (Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation) and volunteering to support the passage of Marriage Equality in Maryland. Jon is the co-founder and President of Line of Sight, a management consulting firm focused on improving performance in government organizations.