October 22, 2018
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Meet The Candidates

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May 2, 2018

In anticipation of the primary election coming up on Tuesday, June 26, the Severna Park Voice invited each of the candidates for public office to submit a short bio letting readers know who they are. This is what the people asking for your vote want you to know about them:

 

County Executive

 

Steuart Pittman

Steuart Pittman has never run for office and thought he never would. He is a farmer, businessman and nonprofit executive with a talent for bringing people together to solve problems.

Pittman operates a South County farm that has been in his family for eight generations. He also created Retired Racehorse Project, a national nonprofit that facilitates the retraining and rehoming of thousands of horses each year. Before that, he spent nine years as a community organizer, helping local groups influence decisions made by their elected officials.

Pittman is running for county executive because the incumbent has failed to manage growth in a fiscally and environmentally responsible way. Rather than adhering to the plans that our elected representatives approved to manage growth, the current administration pursued what it called a “pro-growth agenda” led by a transition team of primarily development interests.

Taxpayer-funded growth incentives, like the $36 million tax break for Live! Casino Hotel, have forced the county to balance its budget on the backs of teachers, firefighters and police. The county has put off tough budget decisions with gimmicks like 30-year bonds that save money now and burden us with interest payments later.

Traffic, school overcrowding, housing needs and environmental protection are concerns everywhere but have different impacts in Severna Park, South County, Brooklyn Park, Pasadena and each of the 16 small areas where planning took place in the pre-Leopold/Schuh era. The 2019 countywide growth plan must be based on community-driven updates to the 16 Small Area Plans.

Pittman’s twin boys are in second grade at Davidsonville Elementary. He plans to grow old in this county and would love for his kids to live nearby. He believes that can happen for many of us here if we plan and govern, both fiscally and environmentally, for the next generation.

 

Steve Schuh

Steve Schuh is a lifelong county resident, small-business owner, father, husband, former state delegate and current county executive of Anne Arundel County. Three years ago, he pledged to do everything he could to help the county achieve its full potential and to become the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland. This goal was — and is — ambitious, and he seeks re-election to continue the work he has started.

Schuh’s administration has focused its efforts in five areas: reducing taxes and fees, strengthening education, enhancing public safety, reforming county government and improving the overall quality of life in the county.

Members of the administration instituted the largest tax cut and the largest fee cut in county history and have enacted more than $67 million in cumulative tax and fee relief. They launched the largest school construction effort in county history and implemented three years of teacher pay increases. They budgeted three straight years of record education funding and bailed out the nearly bankrupt teacher health benefits program. They made historic investments in public safety infrastructure with the new police academy, central booking facility and four new fire stations. They increased police and firefighter pay and added more than 80 new public safety positions to combat heroin and gangs. They launched a $15 million school safety initiative. They reformed county government by balancing the budget, streamlining operations, promoting diversity and focusing on customer service. And they have improved quality of life by providing more access to natural resources and by investing in programs that uplift people with challenges and help them improve their station in life.

While reflecting on this term’s accomplishments, Schuh knows there is still much to do to achieve his goals. He looks forward to continuing this journey with you and thanks you for your support.

 

County Council

 

Amanda Fiedler

District 5 is Amanda Fiedler’s home. Her family has lived in Anne Arundel County for four generations. After graduating from Broadneck High School, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts from Salisbury University. There was never any question that she would one day raise her family here so that her children could experience all that this community has to offer. It's important to her that our area continues to thrive and grow while preserving the characteristics that make it so desirable and the reason so many families chose to call it home.

As a lifelong Republican, Fiedler has a desire to serve. That desire was born from her involvement in our communities and a commitment to providing leadership on the issues that impact us most. For years, she has testified on legislation and spending at the county and state level. She serves on two boards at our local hospital and founded a nonprofit that has saved hundreds of lives. She’s a member of our local chamber of commerce and has served as PTO president for a school of nearly 800 children. She’s not a career politician.

Throughout her career, she has strategically allocated campaign funds for Republican campaigns across the country. Making fiscally responsible decisions, spending wisely and accounting for every dollar is key to success and an important tool that she knows will serve well on the county council.

She believes in conservative spending, limited taxes and small government. She also thinks it’s imperative that we work together to build improved lines of communication between residents in Severna Park and the Broadneck peninsula in order to serve our community and ensure tax dollars are working effectively for our common goals.

She is committed to serve this district with honesty, transparency and collaboration. She will remain committed to our conservative values and work tirelessly to represent District 5.

 

Dawn Myers

Dawn Myers has a lifelong commitment and record for making government work for its citizens. She grew up in Cape St. Claire and is a proud graduate of Broadneck High School. As the daughter of a firefighter and homemaker, she was the first in her family to graduate from college. She received her undergraduate degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and earned her law degree and Master of Business Administration from Tulane University.

In 1996, her 15-year-old sister was killed in a car accident by an underage driver who was on probation with the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). During her family’s investigation, they discovered that the government had let a chronic juvenile offender continue to have a driver’s license despite having more than 30 positive drug tests and crashing two cars. This family tragedy taught Myers the real consequences of what can happen when government doesn’t work.

Myers and her family worked to fix the issues that led to her sister’s death. They encouraged DJS to coordinate with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to revoke licenses for risky juveniles. For some people, government is about politics and theories, but for Myers, it’s about results.

It was with these values that Myers began her career working to help Maryland government deliver better results for its citizens. As a policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, she analyzed billions of dollars in state budgets while looking for opportunities for efficiencies. Myers succeeded in eliminating duplicative government initiatives and uncovering wasteful spending. Today, Myers serves as the director of business and finance for the physics department at University of Maryland at College Park and manages an annual budget of $50 million.

She and her husband raise their children where she grew up, Cape St. Claire.

 

Michael Peroutka

District 5 in Anne Arundel County has been home to Michael Anthony Peroutka for more than 32 years. Peroutka, a committed Christian and the co-owner of a successful small business, raised his family here.

Serving the community in various ways, Peroutka has coached Little League baseball and soccer, taught Sunday school and served as president of his homeowners association.

An attorney and a lifelong student of law and public policy, Peroutka is a leader in the movement to raise the profile of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Maryland, and he teaches classes on these subjects. He also writes and presents commentaries on local radio stations under the title “Your County Matters.”

Serving his first term on the county council, Peroutka has focused on cutting spending, reducing taxes, fighting illegal immigration and protecting our neighborhoods.

Spearheading the effort to repeal the O’Malley “rain tax,” Peroutka promised that he would not vote to raise any taxes. He has kept that promise and will continue to do so.

Mindful of the need for safe neighborhoods, Peroutka has worked with State’s Attorney Wes Adams’ program of rehabilitating opioid users and aggressively prosecuting drug dealers.

As District 5 and the county have matured, Peroutka has worked closely with neighborhood representatives, developers, police and County Executive Steve Schuh to find workable, fair, constitutionally sound solutions to growth issues such as traffic congestion, environmental concerns and suitability of infrastructure.

Committed to the belief that limited government is less expensive, less burdensome and more effective government, Peroutka will continue to focus on these issues in his second term.

 

State's Attorney

 

Wes Adams

Wes Adams is a career prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience. He was first elected to serve as the state’s attorney for Anne Arundel County in 2014 and has spent the past four years keeping our families safe. A distinguished leader who continually develops innovative techniques to reduce crime, Adams is a champion of victim’s rights, a sought-after teacher and a distinguished trial lawyer.

Since being elected, Adams authorized the first wire-tap leading to the largest heroin seizure in county history. He was the first prosecutor in the United States to partner with police, firefighters and county mental health clinicians in the county’s innovative Safe Stations program, leading to a 12 percent decrease in overdoses in our county in 2018. He has continuously worked with students throughout the county, focusing on such topics as drug prevention, cyber safety and teen dating violence.

Under his administration, Adams has reduced weak plea bargains, and his philosophy toward protecting domestic violence victims has produced a dramatic increase in trials against and sentences of domestic abusers. He has increased the homicide conviction rate to nearly 95 percent, improved office technology and instituted a state-of-the-art intelligence-driven prosecution model targeting gangs and drug dealers. Since Adams took office, Anne Arundel County has seen a significant decrease in major crime, with nearly 900 fewer incidents annually than in 2014.

Adams serves on the Maryland State Board for Crime Victim’s Services, the Maryland Police Standards & Training Commission and the Maryland State’s Attorneys Association. He was selected by Governor Larry Hogan as one of 15 Maryland law enforcement experts to serve on the Governor’s Council for Gangs and Violent Criminal Networks, advising the governor on cutting-edge crime detection and prevention methods.

He lives in Severna Park with his wife and three children. An active member of our community, he began coaching football and baseball in 2007, and served on the Greater Severna Park Council between 2008 and 2014.

 

Ann Colt Leitess

Ann Colt Leitess is the Democratic candidate for State’s Attorney.

 

Kathy Rogers

Kathy Rogers has lived in Anne Arundel County since 1970. She and her husband have three grown children. She was very fortunate to raise them in the community where she grew up, to be a volunteer at their schools and to coach their sports teams. Anne Arundel County is an important part of who she is today.

Her first job after law school was as an assistant state’s attorney here in Anne Arundel County. She went on to serve the citizens of this county for the next 28 years. She successfully prosecuted some of the most dangerous rapists, child abusers and murderers to ever walk our streets. When she left the office in 2015, she was the deputy state’s attorney; her duties included supervising more than 100 employees. Although she had many administrative responsibilities, she continued to prosecute criminal cases because she firmly believes that is the duty and mission of every prosecutor. In her final year in the office, she prosecuted two murder cases; in both cases, the result was a guilty verdict to first-degree murder. She is very proud to say she made our community a safer place for almost three decades.

The state’s attorney’s office should be focused on successful prosecution as a way to make our communities safer. Political partisanship and patronage have no place in the office. The state’s attorney’s office is the last place where ethics should be called into question. She wants to be your next state’s attorney to assure the citizens of this county, who have been her neighbors and friends for the last 50 years, that the state’s attorney’s office will serve them and fight for victims of crime, making our county safer for your family and mine.

 

 

Clerk of the Court

 

Doug Arnold

Twenty-seven years ago, Doug Arnold walked through the doors of the courthouse for the first time as an employee. He discovered within the courthouse walls a unique culture built upon a shared commitment to the mission of justice. The driver of that culture is a passion for public service and a fair, equitable and accessible justice system for the citizens and communities of Anne Arundel County.

That passion is a driving force for him in serving as a member of the office, and it’s why he is seeking the elected position of clerk of the court. He offers court experience, judicial knowledge and workplace commitment to continuing the dedication to service that has been the hallmark of our current clerk, Bob Duckworth. Arnold is honored to have his support as he runs to be the next elected clerk.

Arnold is focusing on three priorities: supporting families, growing businesses and making communities safe.

The courthouse supports families in wonderful ways like adoptions, wedding ceremonies and even accepting passport applications.

The office is serving Anne Arundel County’s thriving business community through the issuance of business licenses and accurate and efficient recording of deeds and land records documents.

Arnold is committed to safe communities through issuing warrants and committing guilty parties to jail the same day ordered by the court and protecting the rights of crime victims by ensuring that victims obtain notification and restitution where possible. The courthouse leads the way in increasing its use of IT and data management to better its services, accuracy and support for victims of crime.

Meeting the people of our county and sharing the passion for justice is the aim of Arnold’s campaign. These priorities represent the values that give purpose to his judicial mission.

He will serve you with fair, equitable and accessible justice.

 

Bonnie Shepke

Bonnie Shepke is a Republican candidate for clerk of the court.

 

Scott Poyer

Scott Poyer has experience with criminal courts, civil courts and administrative law judges from his 30 years in law enforcement and public safety. He spent 20 years as a Coast Guard officer fighting the ongoing battle against illegal drugs, where he seized multi-ton drug shipments and worked with the U.S Attorney’s Office and federal criminal courts to convict the responsible drug traffickers. After he left active duty in the Coast Guard, Poyer continued his dedication to protecting the public by joining the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), enforcing transportation safety laws, where he worked with civil courts and administrative law judges. As a senior executive with the federal government, he was responsible for operations similar to the clerk’s office but on a larger scale, and he earned many awards for innovation. Poyer has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and master’s degrees from American College and George Mason University. Poyer has lived in Annapolis with his wife, Judy, for nearly 25 years. Their two children graduated from Annapolis High School. He is active in his community association, and he volunteers as a reserve officer with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. The clerk’s office faces many challenges that need to be addressed, including a backlog of 11,000 unserved warrants issued by the judiciary, which have languished for years. If elected, Poyer will partner with all the affected offices for a sustained effort to clear the backlog and bring new energy as well as a fresh perspective to the office.

 

Register of Wills

 

Joseph Janosky

Joseph Janosky is the Democratic candidate for register of wills.

 

Lauren Parker

As a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, Lauren Parker attended public school here, graduated from Anne Arundel Community College, University of Baltimore and University of Baltimore Law School.

As a local attorney, she drafted wills and trusts for 25 years and was the law firm managing attorney for the last five of those years. She needed no on-the-job training. As this county’s register of wills since 2006, she has achieved three perfect independent state legislative audits and earned a public satisfaction rating of 99.29 percent and attorney satisfaction rating of 95.73 percent. The staff and she created a public website for case info and an online ordering system for case documents and publications. They instituted public credit card capability. They also created an in-house intranet to accelerate their workflow and help the public gather information quickly.

Under her guidance, her office provides you with fast, live, personal service in answering the phone and greeting you at the front desk. She has created outreach programs to inform clubs, churches and civic groups regarding wills and estates. She also participates in legal education projects such as law school for the public, lecturing at the Maryland State Bar Association meetings and providing information to the Maryland legislature when requested.

Her priority is maintaining the well-trained, knowledgeable, compassionate, computer-savvy staff, guaranteeing you efficiency and virtually no waiting time. Her office is deep into the transition to a paperless office to save the public storage and office costs. She is working on drafting Maryland rules/statutes for approval by the Maryland legislature for e-filing estate paperwork. This office is her passion and enables her to give back to the citizens of this county for a life here well-lived.

 

Judge of the Orphans’ Court

 

Maureen Carr-York

Maureen Carr-York has been a resident of Anne Arundel County for 30 years, and before becoming a judge of the Orphans’ Court, she served the people of the county as an attorney, as a member of the county Board of Education, as president of an umbrella group of 60 community associations and homeowners associations, and as a volunteer in multiple organizations. She has a dual background in health care and the law, and she credits her experience as a registered nurse with helping her understand persons struggling with stress, loss and grief. Her degree in law is from Georgetown University, and she has been a member of the Maryland Bar for 35 years. Her years of experience in trial work enable her to quickly analyze procedural and evidentiary questions as they arise in the Orphans’ Court. Soon after Carr-York became a member of the Orphans’ Court, Mary Ellen Barbera, the chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, appointed her a member of the statewide Conference of Orphans’ Court judges. In that capacity, she works to improve the overall functioning of the Orphans’ Courts and to address legislative issues affecting the courts and the administration of estates. Carr-York has been married for 44 years to Dr. James York, a county orthopedic surgeon, and together they have two adult daughters, Kerry and Christine.

 

George Holland

George Holland is a Republican candidate for judge of the Orphans’ Court.

 

Vickie Gipson

Vickie Gipson is a Democratic candidate for judge of the Orphans’ Court.

 

Torrey Jacobsen

Torrey Jacobsen is a Democratic candidate for judge of the Orphans’ Court.

 

Nancy Phelps

Nancy Phelps has humbly served as the honorable chief judge of the Orphans’ Court since 1998 and was previously reappointed as chief judge by the Honorable Governor Larry Hogan. Her knowledge and experience in estate, probate matters and a record of professionalism will show why she should be reappointed for this position of judge of the Orphans’ Court of Anne Arundel County.

She previously served as president of the Maryland Association of the Judges of the Orphans Court (MAJOC) and has received numerous citations from the Maryland General Assembly and the delegates and senators for Anne Arundel County. She is also a member of the Conference of Orphans’ Court Judges.

Due to the continuing fluctuations of Maryland estate law, Phelps continues to keep her skills updated by being a participating member of the Conference of Orphans’ Court Judges, which was created in 2003 to act as an advisory body to the chief judge of the Court of Appeals in all matters relating to the Orphans’ court.

She and her husband, the Reverend Frank Phelps, have been happily married since she was a teenager. They reside in Gambrills. Phelps has always had the compassion needed to assist grieving families.

Since 1998, she has applied appropriate Maryland estate laws in order to resolve various disputes. She is dedicated to the work she does and consistently assures that probate matters are dealt with expeditiously, fairly and effectively. She takes the duties and responsibilities of the court seriously and professionally and always tries to have the best interest of all citizens within Anne Arundel County.

 

Alan Rzepkowski

Alan Rzepkowski was elected a judge of the Orphans’ Court in 2014, and it has been his priority to maintain a high level of fairness and strong ethics in the decision-making that is required of a judge. This elected office has the function of administering the estate of deceased persons and the probate of wills, and he is seeking re-election so he can continue to serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

His background is as a self-employed small-business owner and lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County. He has also served as a student mentor with Maryland Future Business Leaders of America for 25 years and serves as vice chair of its board of directors and chair of its foundation. Prior to his 2014 election as a judge of the Orphans’ Court, he served five years as chairman of the Anne Arundel Republican Party as part of his eight years on the central committee. This combination of business and leadership experience, as well as community service involvement, is an excellent match for serving as a judge of the Orphans’ Court.

He works closely with Judge Carr-York and Judge Phelps, and their Orphans’ Court team has worked to adjudicate estates in an efficient and compassionate manner. He asks that you please vote to return him, Judge Carr-York and Judge Phelps to the Orphans’ Court.

 

Sheriff

 

Ron Bateman

As your sheriff, Ron Bateman has experience that far exceeds the other candidates as it relates to managing a $9 million budget, which he has never exceeded in three terms, managing 115 sworn and civilian employees, and having 38 consecutive years in law enforcement in a wide variety of assignments. Having served as the chief deputy under the former sheriff for three years and serving as the sheriff for the past 12 years allows him to continue in the position with no learning curve.

Since in office, his team has compiled the most comprehensive approach to serving arrest warrants in the entire state. He has spearheaded innovative and cost-efficient legislation regarding the service of arrest warrants. The warrant/tax refund intercept law was his idea and it withholds a person’s state tax refund until his or her warrant has been satisfied. This law started first as a pilot in our county and has since been enacted as a statewide law and has been touted as a huge success. It is by far the most efficient, effective and safest way to serve arrest warrants.

His newest idea has been pitched to the chief judge of all Maryland district courts. The idea focuses on reducing failure-to-appear arrest warrants, which compile the largest number of warrants received by the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office. Reducing minor FTA warrants is critical when managing the workload and setting day-to-day priorities for the understaffed, overworked arrest warrant deputies. The premise behind his idea is to text people on their cellphones, reminding them of their scheduled court date, time and location, similar to what is done from medical and dental offices. He believes this will drastically reduce the number of minor FTA warrants that currently constitute 70 percent of all warrants on hand. This service will save courts and the sheriff’s office considerable time and money.

Bateman is looking forward to seeing the results of his newest approach to reducing warrants. After all, his focus has and always will be carrying out the mission of the sheriff’s office efficiently and effectively, with safety of the citizens being his No. 1 priority.

 

Jim Fredericks

Jim Fredericks is running for sheriff to restore public trust to the office and put in place the modern law-enforcement practices needed to address public safety issues facing the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office. Fredericks is a current, active commander in the county police department with 26 years of experience, primarily in supervision, management and administration. There are two significant issues facing the sheriff’s office: nearly 12,000 unserved warrants in the county, and circuit court security that is not up to post-9/11 standards. These will be his top priorities as sheriff, and he has managed programs, already used in modern law enforcement, that will stem the tide of increasing warrants and make the courthouse a safer place for citizens.

His command experience includes homeland security and intelligence, corruption investigations, emergency preparedness, personnel (hiring and recruitment), budget, purchasing, technology and media relations. Fredericks has managed millions of budget dollars, and he is the former assistant commander of the Eastern District Police Station, which is roughly the size of the current sheriff’s office.

Fredericks is a Republican who supports the Second Amendment and the ability for law-abiding Marylanders to carry firearms. He strongly supports the 287G immigration plan to screen detention center inmates for immigration status, and he will vehemently oppose attempts by lawmakers to turn Maryland into a sanctuary state. He believes in term limits for public officials, and he strongly supports Governor Hogan’s efforts to enact legislation to restore trust in elected office through additional measures of accountability. Public officials must be accountable for their actions, and he will be a sheriff who citizens can trust. He is the only lifelong Anne Arundel County Republican running for sheriff in the June 26 primary election, and he asks for your support and your vote.

 

Damon Ostis

Damon Ostis is a Republican candidate for sheriff.

 

Beth Smith

Beth Smith is a retired lieutenant from the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office. She now manages a business that specializes in resolving landlord/tenant issues and is the security liaison for the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Smith’s lifetime of service to our nation and community has been highlighted with leadership, duty, honor and excellence. She has received the highest levels of success both in the public and private sectors.

Smith began her career as a military police officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of sergeant in less than 21 months. She graduated first in her class from the Federal Bureau of Prisoners in Glynco, Georgia. She served as the guard commander of the Installation Detention Facility, which housed up to 200 inmates, while supervising upward of 10 military police officers. Smith has received numerous letters of accommodation decorations and has been honored twice as the Battalion Soldier of the Month. In addition, Smith served as president of the Non-Commissioned Officers Association.

After leaving the Army, Smith chose to become a deputy sheriff with Anne Arundel County. She graduated second in her class from the Baltimore City Police Academy and embarked on her 13-year career. During this time, she worked all units within the office, ultimately returning to each as a supervisor. It was at her initiative that the first K-9 unit and supervised children’s visitation program was created. Smith proved her leadership skills by moving through the ranks, becoming the first woman ever to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the history of the office. Additionally, she was honored to receive the John Paul Jones Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Leadership presented by the United States Navy.

Smith continues to serve her community as a Rotarian, having once served as the vice president of the Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary.

For more information, log onto www.bethsmith4sheriff.com. To contact her, call 443-333-6613 or email beth4sheriff@gmail.com.

 

James Williams

James Williams is running for sheriff of Anne Arundel County. He has been a county resident for more than 15 years, living in Lothian with his wife, Diana, and their two dogs. He has one daughter who decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and is now a deputy with another local sheriff’s office.

Williams began his public safety career in 1990 with the Montgomery County Department of Corrections. He left corrections to join the Prince George’s County Police Department, where he graduated from the academy in 1992. During his 24 years with the police department, he had a long and illustrious career. During his service with the department, he served in several demanding units as a patrol officer, as a detective and, after rising through the ranks to captain, as a command officer. His assignments included the assistant commander of a very busy patrol district; a commander in Internal Affairs Division, where they investigated criminal allegations against officers; and command positions with several investigation units, where he had the responsibility of managing a $2 million federal grant budget.

Williams retired from the police department in 2016 and joined the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office, where he is still employed. While at the sheriff's office, he has worked in the Civil Processing Unit, Courthouse Security and the Detention Command Center. He had intended for this to be his retirement job, but he soon realized he wasn’t ready for a retirement job. He has experience in leadership, management and administration with a large police agency and experience with the current daily operations of the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office. This experience, combined with a desire to improve the sheriff's office, makes him the best candidate for sheriff.

 

Board of Education

 

Uju Elliffe

Uju Elliffe is a candidate for the Board of Education.

 

Vincent Goldsmith

Vincent Goldsmith is a candidate for the Board of Education.

 

Dana Schallheim

The opportunity to advocate on behalf of our children and be a voice for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools community is what drew Dana Schallheim to run for the Board of Education. Having the ability to develop and uphold policies that affect more than 80,000 students and 6,600 teachers is both an awesome and weighty responsibility and not something she takes lightly. Having never viewed herself as a politician or political candidate, she also views serving on the board not as a stepping stone or resume piece but as an unparalleled opportunity to effect real change and positively impact the lives of thousands of children.

For more than 30 years, Schallheim has been volunteering for organizations she believes in and advocating on behalf of children and underserved populations. Volunteering and advocacy work has always fed her soul, and some highlights of her volunteer career include being named the ACLU of Mississippi’s Volunteer of the Year and leading a campaign that raised $80,000 through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. She currently volunteers regularly at her daughter’s public elementary school.

She believes in our teachers and staff and will fight for our students – all our students. Never afraid of a challenge or lacking the persistence and dedication to be successful, she will serve with enthusiasm and integrity, and she will bring fiscal oversight and accountability back to the board. Additionally, as an at-home mom, she has the time to devote in order to be an effective member of the board.

A new voice and fresh perspective is exactly what the board needs and the void she hopes to fill. For more information about who she is and what she stands for, visit www.facebook.com/danaforboe or www.danaforboe.com.

 

U.S. Congress

 

Dave Bishop

Dave Bishop is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with 14 years of experience in small-business management. He lives in Arnold with his wife and two sons. Over the past six years, Bishop has actively volunteered for service positions at his church in Arnold, which he has attended since he was 5 years old. He graduated from Severna Park High School in 1999 and has lived in the area all of his life except for his time in the service. Most of Bishop’s life has been surrounded by patriotism, having many Marines in the family and other military influences throughout life.

With a Bachelor of Science from Campbell University in government and social sciences, Bishop has given most of his spare time to studying American government, the Constitution and how it can best interact with the diversity of citizens across the nation. His time in small businesses has been spread across several industries, ranging from hospitality to environmental services to construction to office installation and design to business consulting, all of which have provided valuable lessons about business, communities and individuals.

As for other personal interests, Bishop would prefer to be outdoors playing baseball, boating and crabbing when he is not watching movies, gaming or reading “Star Wars.”

Bishop’s goals are to help the country recognize liberty, personal responsibility and limited government as primary values again, as well as shift the power from the corporations back to the people. After that, he hopes to go back into small-business management or possibly into education. He wants the ability to succeed without burdensome federal regulations created by huge corporations trying to block competition. He has signed the term limits pledge to support three terms in the House and two in the Senate.

 

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress.

 

 

William Devine

William Devine is a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.

 

George McDermott

George McDermott is running for Maryland’s 4th congressional district on the Republican ticket. His purpose for running is to educate constituents and his fellow Americans as to the issues that the current administration and elected officials refused to address. He is running on a platform of judicial accountability and government anticorruption, which is undermining the integrity of our nation as a world leader the 21st century.

He believes change can only come to our political and judicial system from within. As a candidate, one must challenge alleged authority of those who would sell out their position as public servants and their public office to lobbyists and special interest groups whose policies are not in the best interest of the future of this great nation. As one who considers himself a moderate, he believes we must all be governed by one law, by one Constitution, as our Founding Fathers had intended.

George McDermott’s history is posted www.georgemcdermott.com.

 

State Delegate

 

Tom Angelis

Tom Angelis has lived in Anne Arundel County for 44 years with his wife, Kristine, who has a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland, College Park. They raised two sons who both attended public and private schools in the county. One son graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is a police officer in Montgomery County. Another son graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and is a business entrepreneur in New York City.

Angelis is a recent high school educator in Baltimore City, a decorated officer and police sergeant in Washington, D.C., a college instructor in Anne Arundel County and a businessman. He has been privileged to have been director of Recreation & Parks in Anne Arundel County, to maintain a real estate license in Maryland, and to be a legislative aide in the United States Senate. This diverse experience will assist him in being an effective state legislator.

In addition to his experience, he has a Master of Arts in education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in government and an Associate of Arts in law enforcement from American University in Washington, D.C.

He has had the opportunity to serve in numerous positions in public and private county schools, civic and government organizations, and community committees.

Finally, he strongly endorses term limits for elected officials; enhanced public safety, especially in schools; fiscal accountability in government; educational responsibility with reference to classroom resources; and attention to economic growth with a special middle-class emphasis.

 

Heather Bagnall

When Heather Bagnall first announced she was running for office, someone told her that she would have to get used to rejection. She guesses they have never been in theater. Bagnall is an artist and educator, and a longtime resident of District 33. She has spent her career working in nonprofits, a great training ground for creative problem solving because they often do everything with very little. She has never been one to shy away from tough problems and difficult conversations, something she thinks she inherited from her mother, who was a huge community and educational advocate at a modest 5-foot, 2-inch stature. It’s that same combination of empathy, fierce tenacity and relentless resolve that will make her a powerful voice for the voiceless in our legislature.

Bagnall is a proud Marylander because Maryland has been a leader in innovation, education, environmental investment, gun reforms and human rights advocacy, and she wants to ensure we remain so. As a playwright, she understands the art of the narrative, of framing an argument to overcome bias or misunderstanding, to anticipate unforeseen consequences, of starting from the end goal and working backward to meet it. She wants to change the narrative on career education, to support and destigmatize vocational and trade school education as an equal option to college, and to change the narrative that says we are either pro-growth or pro-environment, instead working for mindful growth that invests in community infrastructure — sidewalks, bike paths, green spaces, internet and public transportation to connect communities, decrease traffic, increase quality of life, promote healthy living and expand accessibility for youth, seniors and working families. We need new voices in our legislature, and Bagnall has spent a lifetime sharing stories to change minds.

 

Tracie Hovermale

Tracie Hovermale lives in Davidsonville, where she and her husband raised their three children, who are now living and working in Baltimore City, Virginia and North Carolina. She is a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, where her children and she all attended public schools. She earned a degree in economics and political science from Hood College.

While working with Visa, the bankcard company, she gave birth to her second child. She and her husband were unable to secure safe, reliable childcare, and the world hadn’t yet embraced remote, flexible work schedules, so she was fortunate to be able to take some time away from the paid workforce. Like many, she was a school volunteer, served on the PTA board, was a Cub and Girl Scout leader, and volunteered in a variety of other areas.

When their community was faced with the proposed construction of a huge facility in conflict with the intent of the zoning law, she became president of an organization committed to getting the law changed so that the community would have a voice. They succeeded and the law was updated so that community impact, such as traffic and environmental issues, would be assessed, public hearings held and lot coverage and facility size would be brought in line with the character of the neighborhood. She learned that with hard work and resolve, people with diverse political, social and economic backgrounds can come together and create good, sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.

Her background working with an anti-bribery compliance and ethics organization has made it abundantly clear that for a society to thrive, ethics and transparency in government is critical. All government officials must be held to the highest standard, and if you give her the opportunity to serve as your state delegate, she pledges her absolute commitment to ethics and transparency.

For more information, visit www.traciehovermale.com or email hovermalefordelegate@gmail.com.

 

Pam Luby

Pam Luby is an attorney, businesswoman and 25-year resident of Anne Arundel County. Having worked for large corporations, nonprofits and state government, and as a business owner, she understands the economic drivers and workplace realities that promote or impede financial growth, employment and fair labor practices.

Working for the Maryland Judiciary, she created the first adult guardianship oversight program to help protect vulnerable senior citizens and disabled adults. She also serves on the Anne Arundel County Adult Public Guardianship Review Board. She is committed to ensuring that our aging population has the services and resources to live healthy, independent lives as long as possible.

Through her work with a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing substance misuse, she sees firsthand the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic. Increasing prevention programs and eliminating the barriers for widespread, affordable treatment are among her top priorities in addressing this crisis.

Equal opportunities in the workplace and affordable childcare are critical to strengthening Maryland families. As past chair of the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women and current board member of the Maryland Legislative Agenda For Women, she knows the work that needs to be done to overcome the challenges facing women of all ages.

She lives on the Broadneck peninsula with her husband, a Navy veteran, and their son and daughter, both of whom attend public schools. She has taught at many of our schools as a substitute teacher. Our classrooms are overcrowded with underpaid and overworked teachers, and our kids are paying the price. It’s time to make education a priority and reinvest in our youth.

A graduate of Leadership Anne Arundel’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy and a graduate of Emerge Maryland, a program that trains women to run for office, she is well prepared for this campaign and to serve the people of District 33.

 

Michael Malone

Delegate Michael Malone has been an Anne Arundel County resident for more than 45 years and has represented District 33 since 2015, when Governor Hogan appointed him to fill the seat vacated by Cathy Vitale upon her judgeship appointment.

Malone and his wife of 24 years, Amy, have four children. Malone has a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations, and a law degree. Malone has been an attorney and small-business owner in the county for 25 years. Malone has volunteered for numerous civic organizations, including serving as a Rotary Club president, Ruritan Club president, PTA president and treasurer, Cubmaster, assistant scoutmaster, Kiwanis Foundation vice president, Chamber board member and legal counsel, middle school PTSO chair, clinic soccer coach, Eagle Scout, and parent of two Eagle Scouts, a Girl Scout and a Webelo.

Malone has also been appointed and served as the chair to the Anne Arundel County Personnel Board, vice chair to the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections, and as the legal counsel member of the Anne Arundel County Public Guardianship Review Board. Malone’s prior involvement in politics has included serving as campaign manager for the 1998 Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County state’s attorney, Richard Trunnell, and serving from 2003 into 2004 as the chair of the Republican Party for Anne Arundel County. Malone is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Ending gerrymandered districts, an issue Malone has countered since 2002 and continues to negatively affect District 33 in particular, remains at the forefront of his agenda, especially with the Supreme Court considering Maryland’s congressional gerrymandering case.

 

Stacie MacDonald

Stacie MacDonald is a Republican candidate for state delegate.

 

Connor McCoy

Born and raised in Maryland, Connor McCoy is one of your District 33 Republican candidates for state delegate in this election. McCoy is the youngest candidate in the race. At age 22, he’s a college student at AACC and is working to achieve a computer science degree. McCoy has little to no political experience, but this isn’t deterring him from trying his hand at politics.

McCoy has three major goals in his campaign. His first major goal is to look at the condition of your district’s (and the state’s) roads. Potholes, cracked pavement and uneven surfaces can make your daily commute unsafe, and as your delegate, he would look at conversing with local county authorities to increase funding at the state level for repairs. Second, as a recent student of the Maryland education system, McCoy wants to address school safety and the drug problems that plague our schools. Several possible routes exist to improving school safety, and as your delegate, McCoy would be willing to meet and debate over possible solutions and negotiate an agreement to satisfy all sides. The third issue of McCoy’s campaign is the Bay Bridge. As many Severna Park residents know, traffic is a major issue during the summer and rush hours. A long-term plan from McCoy would be to potentially build a new bridge to replace the two-lane bridge or search for other methods in the state, perhaps a tunnel farther down the bay.

As your delegate, McCoy would give the locals of District 33 a voice and gladly sponsor bills for residents of his district. He would also be more than happy to meet with district residents and engage in discussion. He looks forward to your support when it’s time to vote on June 26!

 

Tony McConkey

Tony McConkey is the longest-serving Anne Arundel Republican and was the first Severna Park resident to be elected to the House of Delegates after redistricting in 2002 reunified Severna Park into one district. McConkey is a native Marylander and moved to Severna Park after his marriage to Severna Park native Susan Dill. He is active at St John the Evangelist and has three children: George (age 14), Edna (age 8) and Liam (age 5).

McConkey has had an interest in politics from the age of 14. He first became involved at the University of Maryland leading a statewide student group and interned for former Anne Arundel County Executive Robert Pascal. He has worked for many campaigns, including successfully leading a referendum effort to preserve a property tax cap, and he served two terms on the Republican Central Committee before being elected to the House.

In the House of Delegates, McConkey has specialized in housing issues and the budget. He has served on the environment, judiciary and appropriations committees. For the last seven years, he has been honored by his colleagues to be the Republican leader, ranking member, on the appropriations committee and lead their effort on the budget. McConkey is proud of his work with Governor Hogan over the last four years to hold spending increases to an average of 2 percent with no new taxes or fees while fully funding many Anne Arundel priorities, including education.

McConkey has kept his original campaign promises to be “pro-life, pro-gun and anti-tax” and has fought against state-sponsored assisted suicide and fought to preserve citizens’ access to firearms, two big issues that will be before the General Assembly next year. Also, McConkey is against the decriminalization of illegal drugs and supports Anne Arundel County’s cooperation with federal immigration officials to immediately remove illegal aliens who commit violent crimes.

McConkey has kept his promises on the issues and deserves your support for another four years.

 

Sid Saab

Sid Saab’s personal story is a wonderful confirmation of our country's foundation and principles of capitalism. His life's portrayal is the embodiment of people who immigrate to this country in the pursuit of a better life. Through his perseverance and hard work, he is proud to be living his own American dream but extremely humbled that he was given the opportunity to give back and serve in the legislature.

He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 17 years and are blessed with three wonderful children. As parents and small-business owners, they both understand the struggles and sacrifice that families face on a daily basis.

His top priorities remain improving our economy, fighting to lower taxes on families and cutting wasteful spending. Maryland still has a long way to go to cut burdensome regulations on businesses hindering their growth and job creation.

Nothing is more important to him than protecting the traditional values that make our families strong.

He is a committed conservative who believes that government has a limited role in our lives. He believes that we the people are the foundation of this country. Over the past few years, big government has slowly been trying to chip away at our freedom and personal liberties. He takes this very seriously and has devoted his service to making sure that all of our God-given rights are protected under the Constitution.

Lastly, he believes that public office is a service, not a job. He will continue to support and push to implement term limits in politics. If you allow him the opportunity to serve again, he will continue to give the job everything he has and will always be available to you and your families.

 

Jerry Walker

Jerry Walker is a conservative Republican running to be your next state delegate. He grew up in the home of a minister, put himself through college, and helped build a local business from four to 60 employees and from $400,000 to more than $10 million in annual revenue. He has a bachelor's degree from Liberty University in business with a concentration in economics and a master’s degree from American University in public administration and public policy.

When he was 27 years old, he had a political awakening, recognizing our country was off course from where it began and deciding he could make a difference. He volunteered on campaigns for five years, and in 2006, he was elected to the county leadership of the Republican Party, where he served as chairman. In 2010 and 2014, he was elected to the County Council, where he focused on lowering the tax burden on our residents, eliminating the budget deficit and improving our county financials. As your state delegate, he will bring that same focus on sound fiscal policy to Annapolis.

The Founding Fathers viewed politics not as a career but as a public service. Walker believes we must elect legislators who will support term limits and an end to the gerrymandering of our districts. For more information about him, his experience and his positions on the issues, visit www.jerrywalker.org.

 

State Senate

 

Eve Hurwitz

Eve Hurwitz served in the Navy from 2002 to 2010 and accrued almost 1,000 aircraft hours. She deployed twice aboard USS Enterprise with the squadron VAW-123. As a Naval flight officer, Hurwitz was mission commander in the E-2C Hawkeye for combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. She is currently a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve.

Hurwitz is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and the owner of a full-service bookkeeping and financial services company with clients in all arenas of business, across all company sizes. Hurwitz passionately advocates on behalf of small businesses in our county and state.

Hurwitz began her grassroots advocacy after a difficult birth and postpartum experience. The U.S. is one of only three countries worldwide with no paid family leave program, but four states now have it. Hurwitz is determined to make Maryland the fourth state with paid family leave.

Hurwitz organized the Annapolis Women's March in January 2017 and 2018 and founded March On Maryland. She is also a board member of March On and The Milky Way Foundation. Hurwitz is active in the Working Matters Coalition, one of the groups that help get earned sick leave passed in Maryland.

Our children's future depends on our educational and environmental policies. Hurwitz proactively advocates promised casino revenue to schools, banning toxic Styrofoam and implementing business recycling programs.

Hurwitz is also active in the veteran community as the public affairs officer for VFW Post 304 and as an active American Legion member. She is determined to address the widespread abuse in elder care by advocating for Evelyn's Law, a bill that would implement controls to protect our seniors in elder care.

Hurwitz has a history of serving her country and community. She aggressively advocates the needs of Maryland families.

 

Ed Reilly

Senator Edward “Big Ed” Reilly has represented District 33 in the Maryland State Senate. Reilly has been very involved in his community for most of his 41 years living in Crofton. He was a member of the U.S. Jaycees from 1974 to 1980, and served as president of the College Park-Adelphi Jaycees from 1976 to 1977. He was president of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Council, has been an active volunteer in the American Cancer Society, and has been a past president of the Anne Arundel County Life Underwriters Association.

Born in 1949 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Reilly graduated from Essex Catholic High School in Newark and received his Bachelor of Business Administration in banking and finance in 1972 from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He owned The Reilly Insurance Agency from 1974 until his recent retirement in 2017.

In 2002, Reilly was elected to the Anne Arundel County Council, where he represented District 7 until June 2009. At this time, he was appointed to the Maryland State Senate representing Legislative District 33, and in 2014, he was re-elected to this seat. Reilly has served on the education, health and environmental affairs committee (2009-2014) and the finance committee (2015-present), and he was the minority whip from 2011 to 2013.

“Big Ed” is married to his wife, Cathy, and they have four children and nine grandchildren.

 

Judge of the Circuit Court

 

Claudia Barber

Claudia Barber is the only candidate running for Circuit Court judge with more than 10 years of judicial experience as a D.C. administrative law judge. She was fully vetted by the D.C. Commission on Selection and Tenure through a rigorous vetting process. She received top performance evaluations during her tenure as an administrative law judge. And many of her decisions were affirmed on appeal to D.C.'s highest appellate court. Her former chief administrative law judge highly recommended her for reappointment to a 10-year term.
 
Barber is passionate about equal justice under the law and recognizes that the legal system was not designed for the economically disadvantaged. She has represented numerous clients pro bono and from the middle class or working poor population. Prior to becoming a judge, Barber practiced law for more than 16 years in Maryland and in the District of Columbia. She conducted many jury and non-jury trials for individual and corporate clients in state and federal courts. Barber is a native Marylander. She earned her bachelor's degree from Goucher College, a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University, and her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law on a full scholarship. She previously served as District 4 director of the National Association of Women Judges and past president of the D.C. Association of Administrative Law Judges. In 2018, she worked as a member of the legislative arm of the Anne Arundel County NAACP. Barber resides in West County.

 

Robert Burton

Robert Burton is a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County and has more than a decade of experience trying all kinds of cases in every level of the Maryland court system, from administrative through appellate.

A Circuit Court judge should have firsthand knowledge of the issues that affect our local communities, such as zoning and public works, as well as the unique environmental and land use challenges the county faces with more than 500 miles of coastline. Burton has that knowledge.

His extensive background in administrative law also qualifies him for the office of Circuit Court judge, as nearly every appeal from a state or local board, agency or other regulatory body may eventually be heard and decided in the Circuit Court, where a thorough understanding of the procedures and rules that govern how such matters are dealt with can lead to more efficient and effective case management.

Burton has a reputation for fairness and integrity among his peers and takes his oath to uphold the laws and constitution of the state of Maryland very seriously.

 

Mark Crooks

Judge Mark Crooks was appointed to the Circuit Court in December 2016 following a lengthy peer evaluation and nomination process. He faces six challengers in the primary, none of whom have ever been nominated. For most of his career, Crooks was a state and federal prosecutor (U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland) who investigated and tried a broad range of crimes, including human trafficking, sexual assault, child exploitation, drug distribution, corruption and gangs. In 2014, he was honored with the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Violent Crimes. Crooks is the only candidate who is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He deployed overseas multiple times, including in the Persian Gulf and Kosovo. Crooks is a lifelong public servant committed to Anne Arundel County. Outside of work, he is very active in the community. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 14 years and have three young children. Crooks is active with youth soccer and church, serves as a board member of the Anne Arundel Bar Association, and leads both teen and drug courts.

 

Annette DeCesaris

Annette DeCesaris is a lifelong Maryland resident and a candidate for Circuit Court judge. She is the best candidate for the position of Circuit Court judge because of her vast and various experiences, including litigation of numerous matters as well as her knowledge of the law and ability to listen to others. She is a firm believer that all members of our community should have fair and equal access to our court system, and she wants to foster such access for the entire community.

DeCesaris has been practicing law in various Maryland jurisdictions in the areas of civil litigation, minor criminal matters and corporate law for almost 20 years.

She graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1997.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a teacher in Prince George's County and a business owner managing day-to-day operations.

She attended undergraduate school at Mount St. Mary's University, and she achieved her master’s degree in public administration from Bowie State University.

She and her husband have raised their children, now adults, in Anne Arundel County.

 

Kathleen Elmore

Kathleen Elmore has been a resident of Anne Arundel County for the past 48 years. This is her 30th year serving the citizens of Anne Arundel County as an attorney and legal counselor. She has practiced over the years both civil and criminal law, with a concentration in civil and community issues law. She is managing partner of Elmore & Throop P.C., Attorneys at Law. She believes in the rule of law, and that based upon the existing law and the facts of each case, the litigants should have a good idea what the outcome of any trial will be. She believes that a judge’s first priority should be the protection of the citizens, and that all parties and their attorneys should be treated with respect and dignity. She is a member of the St. John the Evangelist parish. She and her husband of 47 years have two children, eight grandchildren and a deep devotion to God, family and country.

 

Rickey Nelson Jones

The Rev. Rickey Nelson Jones graduated in 1985 from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a B.S. in both English and political science. He was one of 21 students receiving special recognition from the university for academic excellence during his matriculation. He graduated in 1988 from Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C. He was vice president of his law school class and graduated in the top half of his class.

After working for a law firm and the federal government, he commenced a diverse, multistate law practice more than 25 years ago, handling civil, criminal, administrative and appellate law matters not only in Maryland but also in other states (for example, New York, Louisiana, Ohio, etc.), representing businesses and individuals countrywide. Few attorneys are in the active practice of law in other states because of the malpractice risk. That has never been a deterrent for Jones, and he continues to handle cases inside and outside of Maryland.

Jones’ legal articles have been published nationwide (by the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association), covering topics from criminal law to immigration, and he has served as a panelist multiple times on continuing legal education seminars at bar conferences. He is licensed in several courts around the country, including the United States Supreme Court.
Jones is also an active pastor of a church. He leads parishioners in feeding the hungry and homeless every month, and he and his wife have joyously mentored elementary school children in Maryland public schools. He has shown love for people from all communities and will bring a true sense of fairness for all to the bench if elected.
Finally, Jones has been married to the same woman, faithfully, for more than three decades and they have one son.

Nevin Young

Nevin Young is a lawyer who has practiced in Annapolis since 2005. He is a graduate of St. John's College and the George Washington University Law School. He specializes in civil litigation. He was also a candidate for mayor of Annapolis in 2017. His primary focus is to be a fair and impartial judge who applies the law carefully and correctly — this is the primary focus that any judge should have.


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