The entire Frederick Community will plan the Future of Frederick County … Together! Every group will have equal representation and together will design Frederick for the next 100 years. The plan will be stringent enough to be fair to all involved … yet open … encouraging new ideas.
I offer Honest, Common Sense Solutions…
I am not a politician, I am a business person. I am a local kid from humble beginnings who has worked very, very hard to become successful. I take a common sense approach to problem solving. I represent the folks who are the backbone of Frederick County: Farmers, Teachers, Nurses, Policemen, Firefighters, Senior Citizens, Plumbers, Carpenters, Electricians, and every working man and woman of Frederick County; some who spend three hours each day commuting to far away jobs. I commuted for seven years and now have been fortunate enough to both live and work in Frederick County. I understand your frustrations, and will work to make your life in Frederick County easier and more prosperous.
The Primary Focus will be …
Jobs: We will foster a relationship with the business community to keep the good jobs that we have from leaving! Bringing new, high paying jobs to Frederick County will be a priority.
Cut Spending: We will not spend more that we have. Government will focus on essential services: Education, Public Safety, Roads, Water, & Waste.
Cut Taxes: Every dollar saved provides a family with more money to pay their Mortgage and feed their family. Every dollar saved allows a business to create one more job. Tax cuts are the only proven method to stimulate an economy!
Road Construction will keep pace with development. Public Transportation will improve and become a realistic option.
Education not Architecture: The primary focus of the School System should be to educate our children, not build buildings. As a society, the most important obligation we have is the education of our children. Our Children are our Future and a high quality education is essential!
Illegal Immigration … We must continue to Support Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and continue to fight against illegal immigration.
Roads … Frederick county citizens spend far too much time on the road commuting and too little time with their families. We must plan and begin to build a “loop road” around Frederick City to avoid the backups that occur at the intersections of all the major Highways in the center of Frederick. This will take cooperation from Frederick City, County, State, and Federal elected Officials. We need a strong team to get this done!
Seniors on a fixed income will be able to live here and afford their taxes. Modifying their existing home so they can “age in place” will become easier. It is a crime that folks who have lived their whole lives here can no longer afford to stay because of skyrocketing real estate tax increases. Tax increases are especially hard on seniors because most have fixed incomes. It is just not right! I will introduce legislation to freeze property taxes for anyone over the age of 65 who has lived in the county at least 25 years. I will Create a “Pioneer” Tax Deferral Program.
Schools will be built in a timely manner, not “backwards”, after we need them. We will depend less on state mandates and more on common sense to get ahead of the curve on school construction. We must standardize school designs. Why do we re-invent the wheel every time we build a new school? There are no cost savings in doing business this way. We never “work the bugs out” because every time we build a school, it’s a brand new design. We keep creating a new one, making the same mistakes over and over again. No private sector building company would operate this way. Why are we spending your money (tax dollars) so inefficiently?
Municipalities … Brunswick, Thurmont, Walkersville, etc., are all a part of Frederick County. We must work together to plan long term for our combined goals. Adequate Public Facilities: Schools, Water, Sewer, Roads, Parks, and Libraries must be planned jointly for the good of all of Frederick County.
Farmers … The agricultural community is vital to the health of this community. Small family farmers are under attack all across the nation. I am committed to their cause and preservation. We cannot have farm land without farmers. If we want the rolling hills and open space to stay that way, we must find ways to keep farmers in business!
Teachers, First Responders, and our workforce will have an opportunity to own a home in Frederick County and be a part of our community. We will use our Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit Program to attract and keep top talent in Frederick County.
Many forget that Frederick City is in Frederick County. I will make it a priority to see that Frederick City becomes the “place to be” for arts and entertainment. A vibrant downtown is the key for attracting new businesses to Frederick County and making Frederick County become the tourism Hot Spot in Maryland.
Outside … Frederick County will be the place to be “Outside” in Maryland. We have the Monocacy River, Potomac River, 17,000 Acres of contiguous parkland, numerous roads for carefree biking through acres upon acres of rolling hills and farmland, dirt roads, covered bridges, and all the mountain biking and hiking trails you could ever need. Protecting our Natural Environment through education, involvement, and access will become a priority.