Ol­szewski Jr. an­nounces run for County Ex­ec­u­tive

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On the morn­ing of Tues­day, June 27, for­mer Del. John Olzewski Jr. of­fi­cially an­nounced that he will be run­ning for the 2018 Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive. The of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment took place in a Wood­lawn park­ing lot at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gwynn Oak and En­gle­wood av­enues.

Dozens of peo­ple gath­ered as Ol­szewski, af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to by friends and fam­ily as “Johnny O,” an­nounced that he would be run­ning for County Ex­ec­u­tive of Bal­ti­more County.

“My friends and fam­ily and any­one who knows me calls me ‘Johnny O,’ and you should too,” Ol­szewski stated at the end of his ad­dress. “Be­cause as we push for a bet­ter Bal­ti­more County you’ll get to know me too, and re­la­tion­ship is the ba­sic in­gre­di­ent for progress.”

“Call me ‘Johnny O’ be­cause I’ll be an ex­ec­u­tive you get to know, trust and rely on,” Ol­szewski con­tin­ued. “To­day is the start of this cam­paign for our county’s fu­ture. I hope you join me as we do big things, and do them now.”

Prior to this cam­paign, Ol­szewski served as a District 6 del­e­gate in the Mary­land House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, a so­cial stud­ies and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Pat­ap­sco High School and Cen­ter for the Arts and, as a pupil at Spar­rows Point High School, and as stu­dent mem­ber of the Bal­ti­more County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Lisa Nor­ring­ton, a teacher at Pat­ap­sco for 26 years, at­tended Ol­szewski’s event in sup­port of her once-fel­low teacher.

“I am hon­ored to be here to sup­port my friend,” Nor­ring­ton said. The vet­eran teacher with three decades of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der her belt noted that Ol­szewski’s ded­i­ca­tion brought about safer schools and more re­sources for the chil­dren.

“He was al­ways in­ter­ested in fix­ing the is­sues [...],” Nor- ring­ton said.

Ol­szewski’s an­nounce­ment has come af­ter the young Dun­dalk lo­cal spent two years “trav­el­ing all over Bal­ti­more County lis­ten­ing and learn­ing,” ac­cord­ing to Ol­szewski.

“I’ve met with and have lis­tened to com­mu­nity lead­ers, busi­ness lead­ers, in­no­va­tors and en­trepreneurs, non­profit lead­er­ship and more,” Ol­szewski con­tin­ued. “And here’s what I have learned — first, that Bal­ti­more County is a good county. We’re very lucky to live here. But I have also learned that our county can — and must — be so much greater than it is.”

Ol­szewski’s an­nounce­ment touted a plat­form rich in ed­u­ca­tional in­vest­ments, both in pub­lic K-12 schools and in the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County (CCBC).

Ol­szewski also ex­pressed his in­ter­est in cre­at­ing an econ­omy that works for ev­ery­one, not only a small per­cent­age of the con­stituency. He promised things like neigh­bor­hood restora­tion and job train­ing pro­grams if he is elected.

Ol­szewski also noted that the mod­ern­iza­tion of gov­ern­ment would be a part of his plat­form.

“It will be­come more ef­fi­cient, lever­ag­ing data and tech­nol­ogy to im­prove ser­vices,” Ol­szewski said of Bal­ti­more County gov­ern­ment un­der his ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship. “We will be trans­par­ent, ac­ces­si­ble and con­nected – start­ing with the county bud­get process. The bud­get will be driven by cit­i­zen town halls, evening hear­ings and on­line in­put. My cabi­net will re­flect the di­ver­sity of our county — a di­ver­sity that makes us stronger to­gether. And that cabi­net will come to you — I’ll grow the num­ber of com­mu­nity li­aisons so that you have more di­rect ac­cess to me and my cabi­net, mak­ing it eas­ier to meet the needs of your com­mu­nity.”

The pri­mary elec­tions in Mary­land will oc­cur on June 26, 2018. The gen­eral elec­tion will be on Nov. 6, 2018.

PHOTO BY MIA MCCASLIN

“We all want good schools, job op­por­tu­ni­ties, a qual­ity of life sec­ond to none — and an open, ac­ces­si­ble gov­ern­ment that works for all of us. We can do big things and we can do them now. That’s why I’m here to an­nounce to­day that I am run­ning for Bal­ti­more County ex­ec­u­tive,” Ol­szewski said at the Tues­day morn­ing event.

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