(2/27) Iím not much of a sailor. And we certainly donít have any large tidewater swells among the green hills and mountains of Frederick County.
Yet at this historic time in our 266-year-old county, I love the image of charting a course for the direction we steer our community "ship". Because a vessel under full steam moves best with a straight course, and to make real headway the entire community needs to be behind it.
I will be a good representative to guide that course because of a unique combination of skills that Iíve assembled over the years.
1) I know how successful corporations and small businesses are run (Canam Steel Corporation US Communications Director and my consulting firm)
2) I have the research skills and Iím free from ideological viewpoints due to my training as a journalist (UPI, Watertown Daily Times, Frederick News Post, local magazine writing);
3) I have a well-rounded perspective of being a 28-year Frederick County parent, churchgoer, volunteer and neighbor.
I took part in the campaign to bring Charter to our county, so I naturally want to be there to work out the relationships between our strong-executive model and the County Council whose job is to be watchful and provide checks and balances; I also want to be part of local solutions to challenges that now can be handled here at home instead of by General Assembly members from
all over Maryland.
Growth: Iíd like to facilitate a better balance between growth and no-growth factions of our community, so that every four years we donít swing from a land-use plan that some say chokes our vitality and progress to development policies that others say benefit a select few and bulldoze the beauty and small-town feeling which we all cherish. There IS a middle-ground and my
mission is to find that as a moderate who cares for environmental sustainability but knows that a good business climate underwrites our environmental and community well-being.
Education: I want to make sure that our American value of a strong educational system---in our public schools, in our community college and in our libraries--continues to bring pride to Frederick County, instead of the derision and censorship that some current officials have expressed.
Business and Economic Development: I want to continue the work done in the past four years to improve our business climate with de-regulation in county departments; but work to see that we restore the diminished role of our Office of Economic Development to go back to being a real choice of biotechnology businesses who are flocking to Howard and Montgomery County.
I have lived in Frederick County since 1986; for 25 years in Mountaindale; and the past three years in Middletown near Myersville (just the other side of the mountain!) I have two daughters and a grown stepdaughter and stepson; and my mom always gives me the senior citizen perspective from her home near downtown Frederick! My husband is in law enforcement training and
Currently I work at the US Composting Council in Bethesda, MD, a national trade group representing compost manufacturers. I continue to do PR & copywriting consulting and am a member of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, the Middletown Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters, Holy Family Catholic Community, Wholistic Woman Retreats and the Lewistown Volunteer
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