This week, I am thinking about the 1,338 (as of June 30, 2018) individuals who voted for me. Without a single doubt I can say these people believed in my campaign platform and knew exactly for what and for whom they voted.
I am also thinking about the volunteers who spent countless hours of their valuable time to knock on doors and cover the polling station.
I am thinking about those who held house parties for me and generously contributed to my campaign.
Finally, I am thinking about my campaign committee that included my mom who organized the most amazing fundraiser, the organizations who believed in me and endorsed my campaign, the many community activists and leaders who took time and spent countless hours to educate me on issues.
We are just getting started. As long as I have a platform and your continued support, I will speak out for fairness. I plan to remain engaged in county issues and combat special interest influence.
In the coming years, multiple opportunities will arise where the taxpayer could lose, while special interests gain billions:
School impact fees- over the last 15 years, the county has foregone at least $500 million in school impact fees that could have been used to build new schools.
The Downtown Columbia TIF- the second half of the tax increment financing (TIF)
The Laurel Park Station development and TIF- another developer is expecting TIF dollars to subsidize its profits.
Public Private Partnerships (P3s)- The proposed courthouse will utilize this creative scheme to siphon county dollars.
Comprehensive zoning rewrite- this could be another opportunity for developers to extract billions of dollars from public land.
The Savage Parkland Swap- this is another example of developer giveaway.
The Erickson Development- a developer is proposing the expansion of the planned service area (PSA), for water and sewer, using a so-called community enhancement floating (CEF) zone under the guise of solving a county problem.
We need to be vigilant and scrutinize every proposal to ensure the taxpayer does not lose.
Thank you for all the encouraging emails, phone calls, and texts. Running for county council has been an amazing experience and I am so grateful to everyone who supported me from the beginning.
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I am humbled at the prospect of representing the people of District 3. I feel the enormity of this solemn responsibility. I do not take lightly the impact of what I do and say on the people of Howard County. President Obama, who inspired me to get engaged in public service, once said "change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." I truly believe this to be the case now more than ever. I cannot do this alone and I will need your help. Please get involved and help our campaign as we identify, discuss, and devise solutions to the most pressing issues facing our County.