The Issues

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Education

Education is the greatest resource we have to prosper as a community. It is the one tide which lifts all boats, creating opportunities for everyone - the great socio-economic equalizer. It’s important for us to continue to support education through the following initiatives:

- Recruitment and Retention of Teachers with competitive salaries, comparable to their experience and qualifications.

- Pre- K programs which will continue to improve our children’s intellectual, social and emotional skills. The science of early brain development has proven that education must begin at a much earlier age than the, once traditional, 5 years of age.

- It is imperative to continue preparing our students for transitioning to Secondary Education & College Placement with

Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

- We must also be mindful of our excellent Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs which enhance the opportunities for students looking to move directly into the workforce; attaining the skills to get a head start in developing their own careers and businesses.

- Public Private Partnerships could be a strong resource for enhancing our overall educational success.

- A high priority is continuing with investments in our capital improvements with renovations and replacements of those schools in need.

- As a county, we need to achieve a comprehensive broadband infrastructure to complement our students’ learning experiences.

- A balanced and transparent curriculum is also necessary, whereby parents can feel confident their children are receiving nothing less than a quality education.

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Economic Development

I have been always taken very pro-active measures as a pro-business leader representing Wicomico County.  Economic development is as much about the foundation you establish as it is the specific incentives you create for any particular industry. The basic foundation is much of what we have worked very hard to develop and improve upon over the last several years.

 

​What Wicomico County has to offer:

Wicomico County is unique with two major highways (Route 13 and Route 50) intersecting in the middle of our county; which enhances interstate commerce. We also have a rail line for the efficient transportation of many resources throughout the Lower Eastern Shore Region. To complement our traditional ground routes, we also have the Wicomico River, home to the second largest port in the State of Maryland. This in itself leaves many surrounding industries with a multitude of options; but we complete the truly comprehensive delivery of services with the second largest airport in the state - our local Salisbury Regional Airport. Finally, we are fortunate to have one of our greatest resources, our rural countryside. It not only creates the ambiance we proudly refer to as the Eastern Shore Way of Life; this vast acreage of rural properties also allows some of our greatest industries to flourish - the Agriculture and Poultry industries.

With so much of the basic infrastructure in place, Wicomico County needs to continue to foster a pro-business environment to allow our industries and our county to thrive and remain competitive. Most of that work relies on fair oversight in regard to regulations, proper funding for the needed infrastructure and tax incentives where feasible. I have always been a strong advocate for such efforts to support local business, industries and agriculture in the region.

On a final note, in regard to economic development, I find it is also incumbent upon us to continue to maintain the highest of standards in regard to our Quality of Life in Wicomico County. This encompasses the continued effort to maintain superior venues throughout the county for those living here and those looking to move here. It’s creating the solution to that one challenging question we (and all other counties) face, “What is there to do in Wicomico County?” And we work towards this goal each and every day, whether it’s funding our vibrant recreation, parks and tourism departments, support our civic center programs or continue to make the necessary upgrades to the Shorebirds’ Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. These are just a few of the commitments we need to support to continue to make Wicomico County a great place in which to live and work.

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Public Safety

  • Sheriff’s Department

Supporting our Sheriff’s Department has always been one of my highest priorities. From approving funding to ensure every officer is properly equipped to address any challenges during their daily shift to the capital investments such as modern vehicles and a new public safety building. Whatever it takes to create the highest degree of efficiency in operations and high morale among all employees, staff and deputies alike.

We’ve demonstrated a strong commitment to fully fund the department's operating and capital budget to help establish the highest standards for employment and post-employment benefits.

  • Volunteer Fire Departments

Our county could not survive without the men and women of our volunteer fire departments and auxiliaries. The selfless commitment and sacrifices they make to their fellow citizens in Wicomico County are invaluable. That’s part of why we’ve added another $15,000 to each of the volunteer departments and another $50,000 each for their EMT services. Hopefully, this can be enough to help offset their loss of revenue during the past two years of a pandemic lockdown. We will need to continue with our commitment to these brave men and women by creating new incentives for recruitment while, at the same time, improving on the benefits for the current volunteers. We’ve passed measures for property tax abatements for those disabled on the job. The next step will be to work with the volunteers to find broader, and sustainable, avenues of relief through additional benefits.

Infrastructure

  • Broadband

Supporting our Sheriff’s Department has always been one of my highest priorities. From approving funding to ensure every officer is properly equipped to address any challenges during their daily shift to the capital investments such as modern vehicles and a new public safety building. Whatever it takes to create the highest degree of efficiency in operations and high morale among all employees, staff and deputies alike.

We’ve demonstrated a strong commitment to fully fund the department's operating and capital budget to help establish the highest standards for employment and post-employment benefits.

  • Water & Sewer

Our county could not survive without the men and women of our volunteer fire departments and auxiliaries. The selfless commitment and sacrifices they make to their fellow citizens in Wicomico County are invaluable. That’s part of why we’ve added another $15,000 to each of the volunteer departments and another $50,000 each for their EMT services. Hopefully, this can be enough to help offset their loss of revenue during the past two years of a pandemic lockdown. We will need to continue with our commitment to these brave men and women by creating new incentives for recruitment while, at the same time, improving on the benefits for the current volunteers. We’ve passed measures for property tax abatements for those disabled on the job. The next step will be to work with the volunteers to find broader, and sustainable, avenues of relief through additional benefits.

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