Today, I filed to run for Howard County Council, District 3. While I’ve been actively campaigning for several months, it was still a special moment, as it made official my intent to serve the people of District 3 as a Council Representative. I was especially pleased to share this moment with my son Jason, who has gone from standing with me to support other candidates at our local polling place in 2014 to watching me become a candidate myself.
Howard County is an amazing place, offering the same great opportunities that inspired me to make Howard my home in 2000. I moved here attracted by our top-notch school system, quality of life, and commitment to diversity and inclusion, and I continue to enjoy working with our leaders and public servants to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. Along with my wife, Meg, I also cherish the ability to raise our two children in such a strong, healthy environment.
But while Howard County continues to thrive overall, we still face challenges as we look towards the future. We need to continue to strengthen our schools so that all of our children have access to the type of world-class education they need to succeed. We need to work even harder to build healthy, sustainable communities. We need to work with our partners in law enforcement to keep our communities – and its citizens – safe. Finally, we need to continue to manage our budget in a balanced and sustainable way in order to meet the challenges of our new fiscal reality.
Should I earn the honor of representing District 3 – and serving Howard County – on the County Council, I promise to work as hard as I can to meet these and other challenges, and to realize what I still believe is our great potential. I shall use my experience in business, government and in the community to continue our great progress, and ensure that all benefit from our County’s success.
In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to continuing this important community conversation about the future of Howard County, talking with fellow residents, community leaders and other stakeholders. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if you are interested in becoming more involved in our campaign or learning my positions on the issues we face.
“The result of doing nothing is never nothing.” – Rep. John Delaney