Election Day – June 26 – is less than 3 months away so the full range of campaign activities are operational. And the past few weeks have been filled with opportunities to spend time with constituents.
I was honored to join a small group of business owners in a forum with Governor Hogan during which we discussed the business climate; programs to attract the highly-trained labor force needed to grow and attract businesses; several bills that are hostile to business and other issues.
I had a fantastic meeting with the principals of a company specializing in safety/security for corporate and government clients – including schools. These two seasoned military leaders provided incredible insight into school security, especially all of the methods we should be using in addition to traditional on-site security measures.
I had my second round table discussion with leaders from the farming community. These important business owners have unique needs and concerns. We discussed many topics including funding of the ALP program, inconsistencies between the State and County programs, competition and land use.
While teaching another class for Junior Achievement – a 5th grade class at West Friendship ES for JA in a Day – I had valuable discussions with several parents and local residents. A hot topic was the lack of fact-based news in Howard County, leading too many residents to rely on Facebook pages that only represent one side of issues.
I participated in a meeting with the Howard County Citizens Association during which we discussed zoning reforms in great detail.
The Mt. Hebron/Orchards HOA held a community forum in which I participated. Topics included the cell phone tower going up in Mt. Hebron, Rt. 99 congestion, overall growth, Bethany Glen, the school budget and numerous other issues important to the residents of this neighborhood.
And of course my usual schedule of meetings of Boards on which I serve and hearings related to issues important to District 5!