As a proud parent of two HCPSS students, Steve is fully aware of the importance of making sure our System provides all of its students with the best education possible, and its educators with the tools to provide those students the highest level of learning. As active PTA parents, Steve and Meg (who also serves as a PTA officer) have a clear understanding of the issues parents, teachers and students are facing.
As a member of the County Council, Steve will work with his colleagues on the Council, County Executive, Board of Education, Superintendent’s office, teachers, parents and other stakeholders to foster an environment of trust, civility and collaboration that will allow us to face challenges such as growth and redistricting, changing demographics, County funding of HCPSS and closing the achievement gap.
Growth and Development
Steve is a firm believer in smart growth and responsible development that enhances the vibrancy of our communities, and benefits all involved in the process. Steve will leverage his experience in planning and zoning, as well as economic development, to work with our communities, government agencies and developers to come up with common-sense solutions that will allow for growth and revitalization in areas such as the Route 1 corridor, Route 216 corridor, and Owen Brown Village Center, while insuring that we don’t negatively impact the ability of critical services such as our police, fire and rescue, schools and roads to support that growth.
If we are to continue to be a vibrant community, it is critical that we support our police and first responders as we address issues of crime, including addiction, violence and human trafficking that are far too prevalent. All of our residents much feel safe at all times, in all of our communities. Steve will be fully committed to working with law enforcement to insure the safety of our citizens.
As noted in the Fiscal Year 2018 Spending Affordability Report, which Steve co-authored, there are “storm clouds on the horizon” with respect to the County’s financial outlook. It will therefore be important that we have leaders that are able to understand and craft policies based on forecasted slower growth, demographic changes, and ongoing obligations. Steve will be able to draw on his three years on the Spending Affordability Advisory Committee, as well as his years in the private sector to help craft policies that allow the County to maintain its high financial standing while continuing to deliver the critical services that are a hallmark of our community.