Bramble wants to focus on county development
CHESTERTOWN — Republican candidate for Kent County Commissioner Aaron Bramble wants to focus on the technical details of county law if elected. Bramble said that is one of the main reasons he decided to run for commissioner. He and Democrat Tom Timberman are campaigning on something of a joint, bipartisan ticket for the three-man board of county commissioners. “I don’t have much desire to be a public figure,” Bramble said. “I’m a pretty private person. ... So campaigning is crazy for me. But the technical aspects of the jobs are things I think I’d be good at.” Bramble lives in Tolches- ter and works at the Tolchester Marina, where he’s been working part-time since he was 12 years old. His parents also own the marina. Bramble attended the University of Delaware for two years. He finished his academic career at Washington College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Bramble was a member of the Republican Central Committee from 2012 to 2016 and also held the title of secretary, he said. Bramble also is a member of the Freemasons. Bramble is a member of the Kent County Economic Development Commission, having served on the board since 2013. He said some of his close interactions with county law have come from working on the commission. Bramble said the commission’s recent push to change certain alcohol regulations in Kent County has helped him gain experience dealing with local laws. He said that fixing regulatory laws in the county was what interested him the most about becoming commissioner. “I actually want to go into the technical side of the county code and laws and go over it with a fine-tooth comb and see what needs to be redrafted, what needs to be changed,” Bramble said. “That’s the part of the job that I think I’d be good at.” Bramble thinks more support needs to be given to emergency services. He said that the lack of emergency responders is an issue that he would like to look at. Bramble also said retaining services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is important to the county. Education is a big aspect of Bramble’s campaign. He said state funding is a huge problem in Kent County’s education budget. Bramble supports lobbying the state for more funding. He does not support raising the county’s financial commitment to the schools, known as “maintenance of effort.” “I think anything that locks you into an increase in spending is inherently inefficient,” Bramble said. Bramble said that the commissioners should be involved with the education budget from the beginning to help adopt a better fiscal plan. “I don’t fault the current commission for what they’ve done, but I think there’s some changes to the process that could make it more efficient,” Bramble said. “The timing is a big part of that. Just have everybody involved right at the start, make sure the money is being spent efficiently.” While his main platform is strengthening the county’s economic development, his overall goal is to be proactive in moving the county forward. Bramble also said he thought that there are too many people involved in voting for a political party, rather than an individual. “Vote for the person you want to vote for, not for the party,” Bramble said. “Vote for the person who you think would do a good job.” This article is part of a continuing series of interviews with the 2018 candidates for Kent County commissioner. The primary is June 26; the general election is Nov. 6.