CALL TO ACTION AND BACKGROUND : Who should I vote for? Do I know who's running and for what offices in my local jurisdictions? In November 2018 many elections will occur. These include all five of our county commissioners here in Carroll County Maryland. Currently, four districts have incumbent or a new contender candidate, who have filed to run for office. In District 3, one additional candidate has filed to oppose Dennis Frazier. *Note Mr. Rothschild has indicated that he is likely to file for District 4.
We say that all government is local. Yet how close are we paying attention to what is happening in our own backyards? This week two Carroll County Commissioners are holding Town-hall meetings and one is holding a community-citizen work session meeting. These are opportunities for you to meet, greet, question and give feedback to your County Commissioner. It is also time to hear what is happening in the county from their point of view. And it's a time to determine whether you are adequately represented in this county. Do you have the representation you need for the issues you care about?
Some of these issues include education, budget, property taxes, land-use, planning, adequate roads andtransportation, business, community, and public safety. What do you want from your tax dollars? Are you satisfied with how our taxes are spent? Who sits on the Board of Zoning appeals? The Planning and Zoning Commission? The Long Term Advisory Committee? How are they appointed? How can you apply for these citizen boards? How does someone run for School Board? County Commissioner? Sheriff? County Clerk?
TO DO NOW :
- Make plans to attend the upcoming town halls or work session in your district or a neighboring district. Meet and talk to three county commissioners. This week is an ideal opportunity. (For additional information see the attached press releases below)
District 2, Dick Weaver Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, October 26, 2017—— 7 pm, at the Finksburg Public Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg MD
District 3, Dennis Frazier Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday October 25, 2017——7pm, at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD
District 5, Doug Howard Citizen Work Session, “First Things First”—— Wednesday October 25, 2017 —— 6:30-8 pm South Carroll Senior Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg, MD
2) Attend the ‘Carroll County, 2047’ Event to hear Futurist, Jay Herson’s scenarios for Life in Carroll County, and what the next 30 years may bring. Do you want to live here? Do you want to impact the present for a better future? Would you like to hear some predictable, reliable information for this future?( see the press release below for additional information).
Carroll County Board of Commissioners Hosts ‘Carroll County 2047’——- Thursday, October 26, 2017 —— 3 pm to 5 pm, Room K100, Carroll Community College ——- This talk will look at trends in social/demographics, science, technology, environment, public safety, education, economics, politics and business.
3). Go to the websites and Facebook pages of the local candidates. Look into running for office yourself or find a trusted person to encourage to run for local offices, committees and boards.
Looking to Carroll County's Future
Meeting with Commissioner Doug Howard Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Meeting with Commissioner Dennis Frazier, Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Meeting with Commissioner Dick Weaver, Thursday October 26, 2017
Candidacy information in Maryland
Visit Facebook pages for:
Carroll County Government Maryland
Maryland State Board of Elections
Commissioner District 5, Doug Howard
Commissioner District 4, Richard Rothschild
Commissioner District 3, Dennis Frazier. Filed to run in 2018
Commissioner District 2, Dick Weaver. Filed to run in 2018
Commissioner District 1, Steve Wantz. Filed to run in 2018