Taxes & Fees
I believe the voters in Anne Arundel County have spoken and desire to keep tax rates from increasing. I supports county residents keeping their hard earned money in their pockets where it belongs, and not being used as a bailout for misspending. It is also important to me that County residents not pay for unnecessary fees at every turn. I committed to not increase your taxes because I believe that government should live within its means and not put the burden on you. I have and I will continue to fulfill that commitment.
There are many aspects to supporting and growing fiscally. I understand that the growth of the small business sector is an important part of overall fiscal growth. Strong school system, desirable communities, and smart investments also play a crucial part. I have worked tirelessly to end burdensome laws that threaten the very businesses we enjoy. I fought against the additional business restrictions imposed by the County Executive during 2020 and 2021 and I will continue to cut through the red tape that slows our permit process for small businesses.
Development & Infrastructure
I support a transparent approach to growth in our County. In the evaluation of the General Development Plan, I worked closely with resident groups and stakeholders, so that the people of our district had a voice for future growth in the county. I have guided residents through the development process and supported and passed legislation that added additional requirements for developers and increased forest protections. I committed to making this process more inclusive and have done so by adding laws that require more notification from developers to impacted residents, and created greater access to community meeting information. I will continue to work collaboratively with communities, property owners and developers to ensure that the voice or residents is heard throughout the process. It is essential that we protect the unique aspects of our communities and fight to avoid a saturation of remaining forested land.
Safety of citizens is a top priority of mine. Recruiting and retaining dedicated young men and women is crucial to public safety. Like many residents, I am concerned and alarmed by the increasing opioid epidemic, and mental health emergencies that are taking the lives of residents at a staggering rate. It has become critically important to be able to review what our officers encounter on their shifts, and better understand the details of certain calls. That is why I supported the body camera program for our police department, which gives full transparency to all police responses. I have, and will continue to support our police, crisis response team, firefighters, and detention officers.
Public Safety also includes areas like pedestrian and biker safety. Since 2018, I have worked with communities all over the 5th district for improved pedestrian crossings and intersections Some of these projects are:
- Evergreen Rd at Cedar Rd.
- 4 way stop in Pines on the Severn
- Pedestrian crosswalk and island on Shore Acres Rd at Bay Green Dr.
I have advanced the funding of the Jumpers Hole Rd pedestrian and biker project and will continue to support the funding of the final phases that will complete the Broadneck Trail.
As a product of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, I believe in a transparent, accessible, and accountable school system. The Beacon study shows that a strong school system leads to increased property value, increase in local job opportunities, and decrease in spending associated with crime. It is my belief that recruiting and retaining talented educators, and ensuring the growth and safety of our school infrastructure are important to the future of our County. Curriculum has changed significantly since I was a student. I firmly believe that parents should be involved in their children’s public education, including the ability to weigh in on the curriculum at any time.