La Plata coun­cil­man Nor­ris launches plans to re­tain his seat

Looks for­ward to re-elec­tion this May

Maryland Independent - - News - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

La Plata town coun­cil­man Joseph Nor­ris says he loves his home­town with all of his heart and wants to con­tinue to see the area thrive over the next few years. Re­cently, the coun­cil­man of­fi­cially an­nounced that he will be run­ning for re-elec­tion to his Ward 4 coun­cil seat in May 2017.

“It has been a priv­i­lege to serve on the La Plata Town Coun­cil and I would like to con­tinue to serve the peo­ple of La Plata. I par­tic­u­larly en­joy hear­ing con­stituents and help­ing the peo­ple re­solve is­sues. It brings a lot of sat­is­fac­tion to be able to do that,” Nor­ris said.

He de­scribes him­self as a ded­i­cated, en­er­getic and blessed in­di­vid­ual.

Nor­ris has served on the coun­cil since his elec­tion in 2009 and is the ap­pointed rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the town’s De­sign Re­view Board. He has spent most of his life in La Plata and be­lieves that his back­ground in busi­ness makes him an as­set to the town and its res­i­dents.

“I was self-em­ployed for most of my life. I had a full-ser­vice car wash busi­ness in North­ern Vir­ginia with my brother and did small scale build­ing and de­vel­op­ing of in­dus­trial and res­i­den­tial projects, and rental prop­er­ties, over the years,” he said.

Later on, Nor ris ser ved as the elected trea­surer of Charles County un­til 2002 (elected for two terms) when he be­came the La Plata trea­surer. He also served as vice pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent of the South­ern Mary­land Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion. Nor­ris also served as act­ing town man­ager of La Plata for a short time.

Nor­ris said he would like to ac­com­plish many tasks if re-elected — in­crease jobs in the town, build and de­velop a busi­ness park, and re­store dis­banded home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions.

“I would like to bring more jobs to La Plata so that peo­ple will not have to com­mute and spend so much of their time on the road. I’m also work­ing on the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing a busi­ness park that may bring some op­por­tu­ni­ties to the town. We also have a lot of home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions that have dis­banded and I would like to help them re­solve those is­sues,” Nor­ris said.

He also hopes to bring more ser­vices and recre­ation to the town for the cit­i­zens to en­joy.

He said, “Peo­ple know what they will get from me. They know if they need some­thing I will do my best to help and I have the best in­ter­est of the whole town at heart, mean­ing all the cit­i­zens and the busi­nesses. I want them all to do well. The bet­ter [the busi­nesses] do then the bet­ter it is for the res­i­dents.”

Nor­ris said ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence in his life has helped him be­come the coun­cil­man that he is to­day.

“I am proud to call La Plata my home and hope to live here the rest of my life,” he said.

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