Opportunity For All: Education & Our Economy

Our shared Livable Frederick vision states: “The year is 2040. Frederick County is a vibrant and unique community where people live, work, and thrive while feeling a strong sense of place and belonging.” I believe in this vision of achieving “Livable Frederick” — and as county executive I will also aim for that and much more for our communities. I will ensure our economy works for working families and small businesses with expanded property tax credits, sustained action on the cost of living, and a long-term focus on bringing more high paying jobs to Frederick County. Frederick County Public Schools receive less funding per child than any other county in Maryland. Large class sizes deprive schoolchildren of individual time with their teachers. Budgets don’t leave room for enough specialists like mental health professionals. That leaves parents on their own as they help their children through difficult formative years. As county executive I’ll invest in education and improve our county’s relationship with the state to increase school funding and teacher pay to attractive the best educators around.

Livable Frederick: Our People & Our Environment

As county executive I will expand on the recommendations from the Livable Frederick framework, as well as the upcoming Climate Emergency Mobilization Work Group Final Report. I will ensure that we manage growth in a way that benefits our families, businesses, and the environment. We can preserve agriculture while incentivizing best practices that improve soil quality. We can accommodate new residents and businesses while utilizing smart growth policies that enhance our quality of life and protect public health. And we can build climate resilience while providing new workforce development and green jobs.

Good Government

I am committed to open and transparent government from enhancing open data and access to information, to improving communication between the executive and legislative branches and the public at large. We can accomplish much here in Frederick County, but only by building and fostering trust in our local decision-makers. I have worked tirelessly for my constituents for eight years, and as county executive I will continue to work tirelessly for everyone who works and lives in Frederick County. In my administration the public will always have a prominent place in government processes. This means more than just an invitation to people to have a “voice at the table”, as county executive I want to create a space to build the table together with the public.

Quality of Life

We must work together to ensure that Frederick is able to provide world-class public services for all of us. With that in mind, I will collaborate with public leaders to maintain, improve, and enrich the incredible resources that Frederick County has to offer, from health and safety, to housing, recreation, and human services. And I will not ignore the racial disparities in health, housing, safety, and educational outcomes that already existed, and were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Parks & Recreation: Maintaining and enhancing our public parks, trails, bikeways, recreational opportunities, and community and senior centers is essential for our growing number of young families, seniors, and everyone in between.
  • Public Libraries: Ensuring that our public libraries and cultural spaces continue to be places of learning, refuge, and connection is essential.
  • Public Health: I recognize racism as a public health crisis and will work to address disparities in health outcomes in our community.
  • Public Safety: I will ensure safe communities by investing in fire & rescue services, sheriff’s deputies, and emergency communications while expanding our mobile crisis unit and focusing on mental health and addiction.
  • Human Services: I will enhance our community partnerships by using public resources wisely and effectively in a manner that leverages the many successful efforts already underway by our non-profit organizations.
  • Affordable Housing: I will continue the work of filling our toolkit with ways to provide diverse, affordable housing options to working families.