I’m a lifelong resident of Baltimore County who loves this county; it’s a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I should know - I grew up here, went to school here, built my career here, and raised my family here. But over the years, Baltimore County has been put on the wrong track, and I believe it’s time for a change in direction.
Running for County Executive is a natural extension of the work I've been doing my whole life in both the private and public sectors. Over the course of my career, I’ve run both small businesses and large companies, and have started two businesses from scratch right here in Baltimore County. I’ve served my community on local chambers of commerce and neighborhood organizations, served as the President of the Perry Hall Improvement Association for 8 years, represented the 8th District in the House of Delegates for 13 years, and served as Maryland Insurance Commissioner under two Governors.
When contemplating my run for County Executive, a friend of mine said something to me that really resonated with me. He pointed out to me that because of my extensive career, I would have more executive-level experience, in both the public and private sectors, than any other Baltimore County Executive in the nearly 62-year history of the office. I believe this experience is absolutely critical at this cornerstone moment in our county’s history.
Baltimore County is currently facing billions of dollars worth of unmet needs, and our financial outlook is dire. This isn’t hyperbole - it’s reality. We are nearly $2 billion in debt, our budget is stretched thin, and our credit cards are completely tapped out. Moody’s, the bond rating agency, has put Baltimore County on a watch list, jeopardizing our coveted triple-A bond rating. The consequences of losing that bond rating would be catastrophic to our local economy.
Despite spending and borrowing to the limit, the county has still routinely failed to make appropriate investments in the basics: things like infrastructure, maintenance, technology, employee training, and more. Schools are literally sinking into the ground, police and first responders don’t have the support and resources they need to keep our communities safe, and customer service is practically nonexistent.
It's time to get Baltimore County back on the right track. Doing that will take proven executive experience with a successful track record of driving organizational change and getting real results. I believe that my skills and experience make me uniquely suited to cultivate a long-term vision for the county, foster a productive, customer-service oriented culture, and create much-needed accountability. It’s how I’ve governed throughout my entire career, and it’s how I will govern as your next Baltimore County Executive.