Briefly describe your background, and why your experiences make you well suited to represent the greater Towson area on the Baltimore County Council
As a lifelong resident of Baltimore County and someone who grew up within the district, I have great familiarity with the communities and issues that are important to both individuals and families. I’m also a husband and father with a diverse social-economic background. Working as a small business owner in real estate, I help families and individuals actualize their piece of the American Dream. In addition, I also work in healthcare with stage 3 & 4 cancer patients. Service to people has always been a focus of mine, giving back to our communities during clean up days and back-to-school events. We have also displayed our ability to serve the greater Towson area in how we have run our campaign. We have knocked on thousands of doors to hear firsthand what is important to voters in Towson and have also supported various community events and initiatives. So, when it comes to constituent service, relationship management, and the business acumen necessary to continue moving our district and Baltimore County forward, through my experiences, I have the transferrable skills and leadership qualities to be successful in representing our district and the greater Towson area on the Baltimore County Council.
What steps would you take to improve public safety for the residents of Towson?
I would focus on maintaining and increasing the strength of our public schools. Strong schools are reflective of strong, safe communities. Development would also be an area of focus. We must be mindful of the type of development we bring to our communities. I will also advocate for our first responders, ensuring they have the necessary tools, resources, training, and staffing to be ready when we need them as well as to do their jobs ethically and safely. Lastly, I would partner with community anchors such as the Towson Chamber of Commerce and Towson University to ensure that our communities, businesses, and campuses are safe.
What are your priorities regarding development in Towson?
After speaking with many neighbors in Towson, the consensus seems to be that Towson has seen its fair share of development. My priority would be smart growth in partnership with the community. As Councilman, I will represent the community’s interest and support initiatives that preserve our environment, increase access to greenspace and recreational opportunities. I would also investigate options that mitigate traffic and concerns of overcrowding.
What policies do you support in regards to transit and transportation in the greater Towson area?
The Towson Loop has served over 20,000 riders, proving its worth to the greater Towson area. I would advocate for policies that help to expand the route, allowing more residents and communities access to the Towson Loop. I would also advocate for street scaping, safer bike lanes, and bike racks to encourage more cycling as a mode of transportation in Towson.
What steps would you take to ensure greater transparency in Baltimore County government?
I will continue to support the independent Inspector General. In addition, much like the County Executive, I would continue to host town halls and attend community meetings to ensure that constituents are aware of what is happening in local government and that I am aware of what is happening in our local communities.
What issue will be your principal focus during your first term as Councilperson for the 6th District?
Education will be my principal focus. Public schools are tied to everything from our children’s educational experience and the jobs that come to our communities, to the safety and strength of our communities. As a father and someone who went to public schools, I know the value of having access to a good education. I will work to raise the bar for all schools to help get our children out of trailers, keep them safe, give more families access to strong schools, and support our teachers with the proper benefits and resources that keep them from feeling burnt out.