Council Candidate Maintenance of Effort
To the editor:
My name is Owen Bailey and I am writing to announce my candidacy for 1st Ward council member for Chestertown.
Chestertown has always been my home and this community has always been special to me. Last year my wife Nanna and I bought our house on Richard Drive where we live with our dog Daphie.
In my career I have primarily worked for nonprofits. While a master’s student at Washington College, I worked at the Rose O’Neill Literary House and in 2015 I joined the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. Today I work at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton as the facilities and administrative coordinator.
I spend much of my spare time volunteering for nonprofits. For four years I was the president of the Chestertown Book Festival and currently I’m on the board for the Friends of the Kent County Public Library and Colchester Farms CSA, and a member of the Chestertown Environmental Committee.
I value the role nonprofits serve in the community and see firsthand the positive changes they bring. In my professional and volunteer career, I have organized budgets, coordinated and worked with volunteers and contractors, managed outreach efforts, fundraising campaigns, grant writing and reporting.
For most of my life Chestertown has been my home and its residents have been my closest and most valued friends. This town has many wonderful qualities and assets, but there is room for improvement as it can and needs to better serve its residents and guests. Owen Bailey Chestertown