Legislative
Priorities

 

Frederick County has on-going investments in a diverse and expanding industry base that has established our County as one of the fastest growing economies in the state. As we grow, we need to address infrastructure, transportation, housing, education and other issues that continue to evolve with our progression. The quality of life for our citizens should keep pace.

 

These issues are not exclusive to Frederick County, they affect a majority of Maryland families, in all corners of the State. 

Working families in Frederick County, and all across Maryland, need to make sure their legislators are working for them. Marylanders are in the process of overcoming one of the most challenging times ever experienced across a span of generations. We need to ensure we are focusing on real issues, effecting all citizens, by setting clear priorities and  focusing on what matters: you. 

In 2020, Maryland tax increases added a burden of over $400 million a year to Marylanders who were already struggling with the pandemic- it is time citizens see a return on their investment.

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Transportation & Infrastructure

 
  • Broadband. The pandemic has highlighted a necessity for equitable access to broadband. Marylanders working and learning from home since March 2020 has exposed our schools and businesses to new circumstances that we were not adequately prepared for. Ensuring access to reliable networks is essential to the sustainment and growth of our community.

  • Smooth Operating. As we return to the office in greater numbers, traffic is steadily inching toward pre-pandemic commute times. It is imperative we remain vigilant in exploring, designing, and carrying through to completion projects which will alleviate congestion in Frederick County, and around the State. 

 

Economic and Workforce Development

 
  • Small businesses are the heartbeat of a growing community. Small business owners live, work and play in their community while providing opportunities to local citizens, The underrepresented business community is essential to a successful economy, and they need support systems in place to ensure sustainability and success. 

  • Skilled Workforce. Labor shortages have become an increasing burden on Maryland businesses. It is critical we continue investments in developing and expanding programs that provide citizens with the skills necessary to fulfill positions across Maryland's diverse employment market.

 

Education

 
  • Pre-K Access and Expansion. Establishing a social and educational foundation early in a child's life is imperative in ensuring healthy development. 

  • Meet every child where they are. Explore and implement innovative approaches to K-12 education in order to close opportunity and achievement gaps. 

  • Career-bound students. It is essential we close the opportunity gap for career-bound students. A top priority of mine will be to alleviate the burden on students and families currently wait listed for Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs. 

  • Meaningful and sustainable investments. Public education funding should ensure a robust system that will attract families to not only Frederick County, but Maryland as a whole. 

 

Quality of Life

 
 
  • Infancy-to-Adulthood: Establishing Successful Marylanders. Coordinating health, education and economic programs to ensure every child has the support needed to thrive. All too often, services provided are unable to fulfill the needs of the child, and leave families feeling helpless and hopeless as they struggle to meet the needs they are presented. Poverty, insecurity and instability are major contributing factors in caregivers' ability to respond to a child's physical and emotional needs. We need to ensure a cohesive system is in place to support caregivers in responding to whatever needs a child may have, from birth to adulthood. 

  • Accessible Housing and Real Estate. My background is real estate, so I understand the importance of being able to have a home and not pay more than 30% of your income to survive. Business as usual is not sustainable for many Maryland families. In 2021, housing accounted for 34% of the area's household budget, above the national average. Western Marylanders have seen an average of 20% increase in rent and nearly 20% in home costs. We need to increase access to affordable housing by exploring new ideas and process improvements for affordable housing projects that will reduce the risk and provide certainty for developers. By working with our building community, we will provide access to affordable housing 

 

Climate Change

 
 
  • Preservation of Frederick's Agricultural Heritage. Managing and maintaining a healthy environment through water and land conservation programs bolsters support for Frederick County farmers managing their land. Additionally, exploring programs, with stakeholder input, to assist farmers in efficiently managing their operations, while becoming more energy efficient, is critical in sustaining our farmlands and the livelihoods of those who depend on them.