Bram­ble wants to fo­cus on county de­vel­op­ment

Kent County News - - NEWS - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.

AARON BRAM­BLE

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