Briefly describe your background, and why your experiences make you well suited to represent the greater Towson area on the Baltimore County Council
Dr. Tony Campbell – Faculty, Towson University (2004-present). Vice Chair, Baltimore County School Board Nomination Commission. Member, Baltimore County Charter Review Commission (2017). Member, P-20 Leadership Council on Education. Former Army Chaplain.
What steps would you take to improve public safety for the residents of Towson?
Advocate for a regional approach to reduce violent crime. Violent crime in the 6th Councilmanic District (including Towson) is impacted by the lack of enforcement of crime in Baltimore City. I will address it in four ways – publicly advocating for the removal of the City of Baltimore’s State Attorney, making sure County Government helps to share a positive image of our County Police to boost morale of our officers, to recruit new members to the Department and work on programs to strengthen officer retention, and to look ways to bridge the communication gaps between the Police Department and the communities they serve.
What are your priorities regarding development in Towson?
Managing future development and maximizing green space in older communities of the County is a major part of local government taking the lead on addressing climate change.
For example, the lack of green space in the Towson area is concerning, county government should make every effort to expand green space in areas such as Historic East Towson to make sure all of our County residents have access to an environmentally healthy and peaceful recreational space that improves the lived experience of people of all backgrounds while bridging communities.
What policies do you support in regards to transit and transportation in the greater Towson area?
As a former MDOT employee, and the former state coordinator for bicycle and pedestrian efforts for MDOT-SHA, considerations for transit and transportation projects must be weighed against environmental outcomes as well as quality of life measures which includes having adequate green space to make sure our communities are livable and enjoyable.
Making Towson more walk able is a reachable goal. Having increased schedule coordination between TU commuter buses, and the Towson Loop and other providers, can help to reduce traffic congestion in the greater Towson area and provide a necessary transportation infrastructure for local residents.
What steps would you take to ensure greater transparency in Baltimore County government?
Give the Inspector General broader investigatory powers including independent audit authority of the actions of County Government.
Allow for more transparency into the development / zoning process including any potential conflicts of interest between developer projects and political benefactor.
What issue will be your principal focus during your first term as Councilperson for the 6th District?
Demanding accountability from BCPS Central Bureaucracy on Charles Street. If elected, I will push for the County Council just like other legislative bodies, to have robust oversight authority on how, why, where and when BCPS allocates and spend the money given to it by the taxpayers of Baltimore County.